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  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 370

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic rendering of well-loved book

  • By carolr on 15-12-17

Wonderfully splendid and romantical :)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I have loved Anne Shirley all my life, but only from seeing her in the 1980's tv series. Though I have had the books on my bookshelf for decades now I have never read them, even if I do quote them every day when I tell people my name is 'Anne, spelled with an e'. Then one day I had a credit extra on Audible and couldn't decide what to buy when I came across this, I listen to the sample and was not sure about the narrator, but bought it anyway, and I am so glad I did!!

The book is delightful, the writing is sublime, the words used and the descriptions and the ever positive tone is a joy to behold and I suspect will listen to it again and again with a smile on my face every time. I love Lucy Maud Montgomery's descriptions of everything from the landscape and buildings to the people and animals, this book is just wonderful and is the source of most of my favourite literary quotes and rules for life: "I went looking for my dreams outside of myself and discovered, it’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it" or: "Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet". Anne is so positive, takes joy in even the smallest things and can find something good in everybody and everything, even in dissapointment, I love that way of looking at the world and your life: "You mayn’t get the things themselves; but nothing can prevent you from having the fun of looking forward to them"

Also, Rachel McAdams has a wonderful voice, especially suited for the ever excited and romantic Anne, but I could have done with a bit more variation in the other people's voices, she is after all an actress so should be able to vary the voices, when the introduction said 'performed by Rachel McAdams' I expected a performance, but it was more like a regular reading of a novel, however Rachel McAdams does, as mentioned before, have a wonderful voice so it is indeed enjoyable!

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  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708

His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable David

  • By Mark on 20-11-10

Amazing!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-18

The hours spent listening to Sir David Attenborough's memoirs have been the most enjoyable hours I have spent in a long time. The adventure, the enthusiasm, the knowledge, the passion and not least the voice! Listening to this it felt like Sir David himself was sitting next to me telling me the stories. His encounter of events, adventures mixed with his admiration for his colleagues and the informative scientific bits about certain animals, countries, regions and people makes this book one of the most interesting I have ever read or listened to. I laughed out loud several times, smiled most of the time and even shed a tear now and then. His life has been full of mostly joy and I guarantee yours will too while reading or listening to this book, what an extraordinary man!!!