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Publisher's Summary

Sara Stanley is only 14, but she can weave tales that are impossible to resist. In the charming town of Carlisle, children and grown-ups alike flock from miles around to hear her spellbinding narratives. And when Bev King and his younger brother, Felix, arrive for the summer, they, too, are captivated by the Story Girl. Whether she's leading them on an exciting misadventure or narrating timeless stories — from the scary "Tale of the Family Ghost" to the fanciful "How Kissing Was Discovered" and the bittersweet "The Blue Chest of Rachel Ward" — the Story Girl has her audience hanging on every word.
(P)1997 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Conlin best performs the stories the story girl tells...her voice and demeanor come alive with natural enthusiasm." (AudioFile)

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Spring Always Comes

Grace Conlin has a deep, expressive, wonderful voice and is perfect for Lucy Maude Montgomery. She is a pleasure. I think she is a bit like the Story Girl, Sara Stanley, who could keep an audience as she recited the multiplication table.

I have read and re-read most of Montgomery's works including her scores of short stories. As best I can remember, they are all about the people of her little postage stamp world of the Maritime Provinces and particularly Prince Edward Island. I think for the most part, her stories are true in the sense that they happened to someone, sometime, somewhere in her little kingdom. They don't feel made up with a proviso for artistic interpretation. Her stories are simple, the kind one tells at the kitchen table, front porch, general store or over the fence. They are for kids and adults like me who are old enough. In "Anne of Green Gables" Anne reveals one of her guiding principles: "Don't ever do anything you can't tell the minister's wife". Perhaps Montgomery followed this rule in her writings, not surprising for someone who first published in a Sunday school paper. The older I get, the warmer grows the special place in my heart for simple tales especially when one needs a break between say George Eliot and Elizabeth Gaskell.

I especially enjoyed the adventures with Peg Bowen the reputed witch. The awkward man's romance with a very beautiful woman is a delight. How does a woman get him to propose when he is painfully shy and both of them madly in love? Then there is the cat. Montgomery always includes cats. My favorite Montgomery cats are at Patty's Place in "Anne of the Island" but this cat is pretty good. A wild time is had by all. This book doesn't tackle the big issues but sometimes one doesn't want to be bothered by the world and its problems. Sometimes, one is satisfied with small crisis's and small joys.

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WHY? Why is the narrator so bad?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grace Conlin?

I'm so sad. All the Montgomery books seem to be narrated by very poor narrators. Is it me? Why is it so bad? The drone is boring and there is little inflexion... or it's put in the wrong places. These books deserve a better narrator.. maybe someone who loves the books more? Or a better actor?

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Audio level issues

Sadly this audiobook suffers from a few audio issues. There are multiple strange pauses, and for the first half the audio levels are all over the place. The narrator begins each sentence in a much louder tone, and ends almost in a whisper. It was frustrating to listen to. Luckily this seemed to have been mended halfway through, but the beginning is rough.
Another beautiful Montgomery story. I am knocking off one star for all the religion. Haha. Sorry. I read many classics, so I'm used to Christianity playing a larger part in the lives of the characters, but at times religion seemed to take over this particular book. It was a lot. Other than that it's just a string of charming scenes of kids enjoying their lives. Very cozy and sweet.

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LM Montgomery = Favorite, But Not with This Book

I really love the great Lucy Maude, but this book was probably a low point for me. If you are interested in this book, I would say spend the time re-reading one of the Anne books.

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A middling novel from the author's early period

Devotees of Anne Shirley may be a little disappointed by this book's lack of depth and character development. Like many of Montgomery's books, this is really a loose collection of short stories about every day incidents in the lives of children. It's charming and quaint and pleasant, and readers familiar with her more well known novels will smile at foreshadowings and echos of them in this one. But it's a more obscure work for a reason. There is nothing profound to recommend it to the halls of fame, and nothing timeless to keep it there. It feels dated without the saving grace of a deep conflict or romance to drive it forward.
Conlin's reading—out of character for her series of Montgomery novels—is stilted and hesitant. It sounds at times like she lost her place or wasn't paying attention. Overall, an easy listen and not unenjoyable, but probably not one to be repeated either.

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Had to return because of narrator

No idea why the epic pauses. I love this author and story but the reader ruined it for me. Had to return

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choppy narration

I was listening to this book right after the Emily series with a lovely narration. This was so bland and lacked any flow in comparison, making it hard to stay attentive. I will be reading my kindle version at first opprtunity to find all the delightful tidbits I missed out on because of it.

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Wonderful Stories

It was enjoyable to listen to. The stories were delightful and inventive. The lives of the children were very interesting. Their comradery was felt throughout the book.