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Summary

Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, middle-aged siblings who live together in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, decide to adopt a boy from an orphan asylum to help on their farm. But owing to a series of mishaps, the child who is delivered to their care is not a boy at all but a precocious girl of 11 named Anne Shirley. Although, as Marilla dryly informs her, "you certainly have a genius for getting into trouble", with pluck, imagination, and optimism, Anne flourishes at Green Gables. And Matthew and Marilla find their lives transformed and their hearts opened to a deeper love than they ever knew possible.

Public Domain (P)2017 Laurel Schroeder

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Great story very well read

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

What a wonderful story, I will be encouraging my children to read this (or at least listen to it)
The narrator was great, after a while you forget she is there which is a very good sign.

I would greatly recommend this Audiobook.

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  • HeatherY
  • 06-07-17

Excellent Narration of a Delightful Classic

When siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a little orphan boy from the asylum, dreamy and talkative Anne Shirley arrives by mistake. Matthew is immediately smitten with the little redhaired orphan, and although she holds out longer, Marilla can't help loving her either. With her many mishaps, funny quaint speeches and her fierce loyalty, Anne will win her way into your heart as well.

LM Montgomery wrote that she was no good at writing a young girl romantic love story, but what she created with this alternative family unit is even more special. Gentle Matthew as a father figure, instantly and unconditionally loving Anne. Stern Marilla as a maternal figure, desperate to raise Anne as best she can, but scared by the depth of her love for the girl. And the whole neighborhood of Avonlea as a host of aunts and uncles, offering advice and censure for the little waif who never quite fit in.

Anne herself defies description. She's eternally optimistic, glossing over her own neglected background. She's loving and loyal, unconditionally giving of herself. She's imaginative, creating dream worlds she shares with her friends. Anne has her share of faults too, she's hotheaded and vain, which lead to some of her more memorable mishaps. It makes her infinitely human and lovable. I'm glad I read these books at such a young age, and I would recommend sharing these books with younger readers. There are so many lessons we can learn from Anne.

This was my first time listening to an audio version of this book, and it was a wonderful performance. Laurel Schroeder has a young sensitive voice, and she brought a touch of vulnerability at just the right places. She really captured the spirit of Anne. During conversations she changed her pitch slightly to easily convey who was speaking. She never overacted, her easy pace allows the listener to interpret the emotions portrayed. I received a copy of the audiobook and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I do hope that this narrator continues to bring the rest of the series to life.


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  • Jan M
  • 05-08-17

Classic story with Awesome Narration!

Years ago I had read this book and liked the story. I found that I really enjoyed this audiobook even more. This is such a classic story and I found the narrator added so much to it. The book is appropriate for all ages as it is a clean listen. The timeless appeal of this reminiscent listen is comforting. I found the narrator to be quite fitting for this book, and I thought she was able to fit the various ages of Anne in this book. Laurel Schroeder is a truly gifted performer! She adds so much emotion to the characters and is able give the listener such visuals to the story. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of the story and narration. I highly recommend this book. I was provided with this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily written this review.

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  • Heather
  • 20-02-18

Even better than I remembered it!

This performance reminded me why I loved these books as a young teen. At the end, when the sad things happened, I actually found myself tearing up! I discovered I already have a copy of this book, by a different narrator, but I won't be listening to that anytime soon because the voices as done by Laurel Schroeder were perfect. I hope she does more of the series because I'd love to have the entire set, especially if they're all done by this narrator.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Vicky Lynn
  • 13-02-18

Classic book by a narrator with Anne's imagination

I have listened to this enchanting book three times this month. I read the books and saw the movies before I listened to the audio version. Anne is a character who gives hope. She looks for the best in most any situation. The narrator brought all of the characters alive in a way that let me "see" each one as if in a movie. I loved this book!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Cindy Smith
  • 07-02-18

What a beautiful book!

This is one classic I had not read but now I think I will read and re-read again. Anne (with an E) was an orphan and taken to Matthew and Morilla who really wanted a boy. Quiet, shy Matthew enjoys this little talkative girl but it took Morilla a bit longer.

There is so much (good stuff) going on in the book. Anne is gifted with an incredible imagination and sees wonder wherever she is. But that also comes with dismal ideas about what might happen.

One of my favorites from Anne is when she is reprimanded for doing something wrong. She replied that she never repeats a mistakes and since she is making so many she will soon run out and surely never make mistakes again. Love it.

Laurel Schroeder is incredible. I can't imagine anyone else as Anne. What a joy to read. So glad I was provided this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Neesie315
  • 29-07-18

Anne with an "E"

I am probably one of the few people my age (I'm 60) who had never read this book. I have been an avid reader since the age of 5, so I don't know how I missed this one. When I got the chance to listen to this version through Audiobook Boom, I grabbed it. And, I'm glad I did!

I won't go into details of the story (since everybody seems to already know it), but this was a very entertaining and enjoyable book. Funny, tender, and at times deeply profound, this book should be on every girl's TBR list. I only wish I had read it sooner! There were many, many notable quotes, but the entire book was full of special moments.

The narrator did a great job, especially with Anne's voice. She had just the right amount of breathless naivete when Anne was doing her frequent monologues. You could really imagine that it was Anne herself saying these things.

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  • The Hermit Librarian
  • 24-07-18

A natural classic for dreamers and hopefuls alike

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Performance: 4 Stars; Story: 3 Stars)

Anne of Green Gables is a classic novel that I remember begging to purchase in a Waldenbooks years ago when I was a child. Sadly I cannot remember if I ever did read it; I think I did and I do have that copy on my shelf. Luckily, Jess at Audiobookwork Promotions gave me the opportunity to listen to an edition of this widely beloved tale as part of the Adopt-an-Audiobook Program, for which I'm very thankful.

Audiobook Review

Laurel Schroeder is the narrator of Spoken Realms's version of Anne. Before starting this book, I'd never heard her perform before, but now that I have, I would add her to the list of narrators or voice actors that I would be happy to listen to again. The pitch in her voice never reached a level that I found unpleasant, a point that I hold to be very important with audiobooks.

Laurel read very clearly and didn't mumble at all, also very important. I never strained to hear what was going on, even when it was implied that a character might be reserved in their speech. It was easy enough to tell the characters apart, as far as the adults went. I thought that the children, aside from Anne, tended to sound a bit too similar overall. 

The sound quality was excellent. There was no scratchiness in the background, no unnecessary musical elements between chapters or added nature sounds that tried to force a sense of setting. The writing and the voice actor did that just fine on their own. Letting these factors shine rather than adding in surplus bits was a smart decision on the part of the production company.

Anne of Green Gables translates very well to an audiobook format. If anything, I think it gains something in the transition because a lot of what makes Anne special is her energy and her fondness for stories, something which someone can imagine, but which can really be enhanced by a good narrator, which Laurel Schroeder was. All the enthusiasm that Anne had for life leaped right off the page and came to life in the air around me as I was listening. If you're going to listen to any audiobook presentation of Anne of Green Gables, I would recommend this one.

Text Review

The execution of bringing L.M. Montgomery's book to life was exceptional and got me to enjoy it quite a lot more than I think I would have if I were reading a physical edition. 

Montgomery's text, I had to remember, was written over a hundred years ago and there were some sentiments that were definitely of the time, especially regarding other nationalities.

The author also tended to wax poetical about nature, particularly flowers. Flowers in and of themselves are nice enough, but it felt like, after awhile, I was hearing about them far too often and I began to tire of the frequent occurrences and the time spent on said occurrences. 

Another thing about that I thought I noticed about the writing was that Montgomery tended to tell rather than show, particularly when there were large periods of time to be gotten past. As the reader we didn't get to experience these times with Anne or her fellows, we just got a passing mention of the months that had passed before the author got to the point she'd really wanted to write about. For example, Anne's time spent at Queen's school was hardly mentioned at all, even though it was extremely important to her as a character.

A branching off point to this is that because of the abundance of telling rather than showing, I felt like there wasn't as much heart to the overall novel as there could have been. Anne is a character that is ready to be in your heart forever and in the scenes where she's allowed to be herself, she truly exhibits this. As the novel progressed, though, and she spent more time among the people of Avonlea and more time was "told", it felt like she wasn't that girl anymore. Oh sure, we were told she was, that she had the old love of stories still, but it felt like her soul was being tramped down to make her respectable in the eyes of the people around her, like she wasn't really allowed to be herself after all.

Conclusion

The narration performance of Laurel Schroeder makes this book a much more pleasant performance than I think reading the page would have been. I'd recommend buying this Audible version if at all possible if you're thinking of reading Anne of Green Gables because your experience will be infinitely better. Here's hoping Laurel will do more in the series of Anne books.





I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Marsha
  • 14-07-18

Wonderful story and amazing narrator

Laurel Schroeder is one of my favorite narrators, and her voice is perfect for this story, youthful and expressive as Anne. I hope she continues narrating the others in the series.

Sound quality and editing were excellent. I'm trying to work my way through the rest of the Anne series with Audible, but some of the other narrators' voices are shrewish and irritating by comparison. Megan Follows has a nice voice - and should be perfect as Anne – but the sound quality of the sample is horrible. It sounds like a recording of a recording. So I'm in a pickle, who to choose next.

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  • mandy
  • 18-04-18

Great!

Fantastic narration on this favorite literary classic. Highly recommend!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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  • Desiree Trevino
  • 10-03-18

Perfection

Couldn't have asked for a better narrator to bring our most precious Anne to life.