Pollyanna

Narrated by: Rebecca Burns
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (214 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Pollyanna, an expert at her favorite "Glad Game" of always looking at the bright side in her numerous trials, is one of the most popular and enduring characters in all of children's literature.

As Pollyanna arrives in Beldingsville to live with her strict and dutiful maiden aunt, she exclaims, "Oh, Aunt Polly, I don't know how to be glad enough that you let me come to live with you!" And from this point she begins to bring cheer into everybody's life, including the sick, the lonely, and the just plain miserable. All are transformed, until one day when something so terrible happens that even Pollyanna doesn't know how to feel glad anymore.

American novelist Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna series and "Glad Game" generated a popular phenomenon in its day. The improbable heroine remains popular today and the name Pollyanna is well known to be a stereotype for a person who is characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything.

©1998 Joss Recordings (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.

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Redefining Pollyanna

Rebecca Burns has great accent. I can't quite put my finger on the origins but she is perfect for this story. The word Pollyanna has taken on something of a negative connotation, a kind of empty headed happiness despite circumstances, usually said in a sneering condescending tone after the fashion of some college professors or self righteous politicians. I carried away a very different idea of a Pollyanna. For your consideration: Her father died. Her mother died. Her brothers and sisters all died. She is homeless and penniless. She is sent to live with a relative who doesn't love her or want her. She truly stands alone. She took all the hard knocks that the world threw her way. As often as she was knocked down; she picked herself up, dusted herself off and found a reason to smile as she faced the next trial. Even when pummeled with blows which have brought great men to their knees, Pollyanna did not yield. Almost, perhaps, but she never surrendered. Further evidence for your consideration: Who changed? Not Pollyanna; she was the glowing wondering little person at the end that she was when we first met. Nope, it was the adults who were changed by this small force of nature: Aunt Polly, the doctor, Nancy, Mr. Pendleton, the minister, et al, in fact an entire town. So if someone is Pollyannaish, what are they? In my book, brave as a combat Marine, loyal as a Saint Bernard and tough as a Pollyanna Whittier.

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Fun little book!!!

Although there were parts I lost patience listening to pollyana being TOO GOOD, I love the fact that it is so well described that made me feel as I was living the story caring for Pollyana and her loved ones :)

Read it for your Kids or listen for your entertainment :)

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Old-fashioned, but excellent

Pollyanna is a very, very old-fashioned novel, but it's very well done. It’s very similar to the Disney movie, although not identical. This version was extremely well narrated, too. I loved it!

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Glad

New meaning in my heart for the word glad and a new outlook to always find something to be glad about. In all things rejoice, again I say rejoice.

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Classic story, badly edited

Heart-warming and encouraging as the story is, this version is badly edited so there's insufficient pauses at the end of chapters, and the narrator leaves a little to be desired. Burns does not offer variety for the different voices, whether in tone, pitch or pace. If the author hadn't written them well enough, you wouldn't know how was speaking.

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I love this book....

I love this book much better than the movie. There were parts that had me in tears 😢 and watching the movie never did that. This book is very entertaining I'm enjoying listening to it.

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so much better than the movie

myself and my kids (ages 7- 13) all enjoyed this book so much that when we found out there was a sequil we picked it up (even though it isnt avail on audio!).

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Still applies today!!

Wonderful story to encourage us to turn our thought patterns around and be positive. I love the simpleness of this story and wish that the other books would become available on Audible. The narration was very good and I listened to the whole thing in one day . so turn off the lights and listen to a great children s story that still applies today..

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Quaint novel in this day and age

I had heard of Pollyanna through a work reference - we had a reorganization at work and the incoming leader was asked about the situation. He said he doesn’t want to be like Pollyanna and continued to explain the reorganization logic. I made a mental note at the time to read the book. I found the “game” quite refreshing. It is an interesting outlook on life which would help everyone (almost).

The audiobook version was great with excellent narration

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Nice Story

Nice story, lopsided ending. It could be a better narration. It is kind of monotone.

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a feel happy 'glad' book

I listened to this book while walking out my dog. ending slightly disappointing otherwise good.