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Anne of Green Gables Audiobook

Anne of Green Gables

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Audible Editor Reviews

Narrator Barbara Caruso's engaging descriptions of Green Gables, a farm on Prince Edward Island, takes listeners there as they make the acquaintance of a special 11-year-old, Anne Shirley. Caruso also perfectly captures feisty Marilla Cuthbert and her shy brother, Matthew, who begins most of his sentences with a hesitant, old-fashioned "Well now . . ." Her best creation is Anne, who displays exuberance or the depths of despair, depending on the situation. The friends and neighbors Anne meets in her new home are realistic as they warm to her sweet nature. Listeners will enjoy meeting orphan Anne and her unlikely new family.

Publisher's Summary

This endearing, heartwarming book has charmed generations of children and parents since it was first published in 1908. A true literary classic, Anne of Green Gables has given the world the spunky, irrepressible little girl who Mark Twain hailed as "the most moving and delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice." To date, more than 50 million copies of the books in the series have been sold.

On Prince Edward Island, aging siblings Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help with chores around the farm. But when Mathew arrives at the train platform, the only living creature in sight, legs dangling from the piles of shingles where she sits, is a freckled, green-eyed, redheaded little girl. Mathew senses immediately that life at Green Gables is going to be very different. And how right he is. The independent and fiery girl, Anne, changes the Cuthberts' lives immeasurably, and for the better.

Originally published in 1908; (P)1989 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The sweetest creation of child life yet written." (Mark Twain)

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    Catherine Newfane, VT, USA 05-26-06
    Catherine Newfane, VT, USA 05-26-06
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    "kindred spirit"

    I love the book, as it is an old favorite, and I really like the reader! She really brings out the spirit of Anne and all the other characters! The reader truely understands what it means to be a kindred spirit! I really enjoyed this reading of Anne of Green Gables!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    ML 01-22-17
    ML 01-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, wonderful narrator"

    Anne of Green Gables tells an amusing and heart-warming story. Barbara Caruso's wonderful voice and reading style brings each character to life and portrays the narration with warmth and clarity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 01-07-17
    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 01-07-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved Revisiting this Book of Childhood"

    Thoroughly enjoyed visiting this story from childhood. I now know I want to go on and listen to all of them. I had forgotten many of the stories about Anne except for the red wine and the dyeing of the hair. Chuckled so many times. Well worth the reread. Barbara Caruso narrated beautiful

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan 10-20-16
    Morgan 10-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great beginning!"

    This is such a good book! I felt like it started out a little slow but the older Anne gets the better the book is. Can't wait to listen to the rest of them. Also great narrative!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 10-06-16
    bebe South Carolina 10-06-16

    I love books - all kinds of books. My genre is "good book"

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    "A Classic"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a timeless gem of a novel. I loved the book when I was a young girl and I still love it now when I am 67. It makes smile, laugh and cry. The characters in the small community featured in this book become real due to the author's talent in creating and describing them. The book chronicles how Anne (spelled with an "e") comes by mistake to Avon Lea and the house known as Green Gables. Brother and sister (Matthew and Murila) own Green Gables and they needed a boy to come help aging Matthew with the farm work. They sent to the orphanage for a boy but the message was garbled and they got a girl. They planned to send her back, but things happened. Anne is a heap of trouble, but she is a bright and shinning joy. It is such a satisfying story. I will love it always. As an aside, there is a wonderful movie (I think it was a TV series) of this book. I have watched it and the sequels several times. The actors are fantastic and the movie follows the book perfectly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Brunnings Broomfield, CO United States 09-26-16
    Jennifer Brunnings Broomfield, CO United States 09-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Lovely Story and Narrator"

    I'm so glad I thought to look this book up on Audible! It was nice to listen to on my early autumn commutes (the story doesn't specifically take place only in autumn, but it still felt appropriate!). I am very particular about narrators, and I thought from the beginning that Barbara Caruso did a wonderful job. I'm happy that I'll have this in my library for future listens!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TT 07-08-16
    TT 07-08-16
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    "Back in Time"

    Wonderfully poetic and full of imagery ... Definitely stepping back to a different, simpler time. I suspect more enjoyable as a "good listen" than a "good read."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scrambler Eastern USA 07-06-16
    Scrambler Eastern USA 07-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Brightness of Living"

    Perhaps I needed to turn seventy to enjoy these delightful tales, somewhat over the top. Maybe they were simply joyous relief amidst reading novels re: the aftermath of wars. To be enjoyed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 08-01-12
    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2015

    Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.

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    "The Joy of Introducing a Dear Friend to the Family"

    I grew up reading the Anne of Green Gables books. The older children had also read a few of them, but the younger ones had missed out. I was so happy to be able to get this book for a car trip. Barbara Caruso does a wonderful job of reading this book. Everybody enjoyed listening together. They couldn't wait until we could load up the second book in the series. This is a wonderful book for family bonding!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Campbellford, Ontario, Canada 04-22-12
    Elizabeth Campbellford, Ontario, Canada 04-22-12
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    "Glorious Trip Down Memory Lane."
    Where does Anne of Green Gables rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is definitely up in top. I have read a lot of Audio books. This was my grandmother's beloved book when I was a child. I still have it. What a flood of memories listening to this caused. Amazingly unexpected, like running into an old childhood friend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne of course but they are all wonderful characters.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Caruso’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but she is wonderful.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Glorious Trip Down Memory Lane.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Holly
    WarringtonUnited Kingdom
    10/9/08
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    "Very comforting"

    I suffer from regular bouts of insomnia, and I purchased these audio books to listen to when I can't sleep. Anne of Green Gables was a perfect choice - it is entertaining, but gentle enough to allow me to fall asleep. It is well read, and the character voices are all very good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    1/31/15
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    "Feel good story"

    I read this because a friend of mine has loved all the Anne books as her favourites since childhood. I thought I should see what all the fuss was about! This was a good read. I really loved the character of Marilla, perhaps because she reminded me a little of myself?! Anne I found quite annoying as she never shuts up, but she grew on me, and in the end I cared what happened to her. The story is beautifully written, and I even shed a tear near the end when one of the characters died. I immediately downloaded the next in the series, Anne of Avonlea.

    A word to the English who are considering which narrator to chose - I find some American/Canadian narrators too American (sorry to sound racist), but Barbara Caruso was very easy on the ear, nice clear pronunciation and enough differentiation between characters without resorting to silly voices, two thumbs up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Maidenhead, Berks, United Kingdom
    2/13/08
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    "I loved it"

    This is is such a classic feel-good book beautifully read. It made me smile and cry.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • MW27
    9/5/16
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    "Great audio book"

    It was really good.I enjoyed many parts of this book.I think it was very good to make Anne of green gables

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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