L.M. Montgomery's novel introduces the world to the lovable and energetic Anne, who at the beginning of the audiobook is adopted by the Cuthbert siblings, Matthew and Marilla. The brother and sister realize that they are getting up in their years, and intend to adopt a young boy to help Matthew maintain the property. Through a mix up, however, they get Anne instead. Rather than sending her back to the orphanage, the siblings decide to keep her, and though she makes a few mistakes at the start of her stay, they come to realize how invaluable she is to their lives.
Anne, who is 11 at the time of her adoption, has never had much training in the way of social graces. There are quite a few events that take place in which the Cuthbert siblings hide their head in shame over something that Anne has said or done, but after Anne saves the life of a young girl who is very sick, the entire town comes to love her for who she really is.
Eventually, Anne grows into a mature teen and spends the majority of her time devoting herself to academics, which pays off when she is awarded a scholarship to a prestigious four-year college. A series of unfortunate events, however, force her to rethink her future plans; but Anne does not distress. Instead, she makes the most of her situation and displays a positive attitude about it all.
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"I loved hearing this story again!"
This was as enjoyable for me this time as reading the books and watching the movies when I was a kid! Only I didn't care for the narrator, it sounded like a robot was reading to me.
"Great story, not so great narrator"
I've always loved this story, but the narrator is so strange, she speaks like a robot most of the time... But when she does Ann's voice it's quite nice... I can't understand why that is.
"LOVE the book, HATE the narrator"
Narration is terrible. Impossible to listen to. This is one of my favorite stories and I couldn't deal with this narrator at all. Didn't even make it through the first chapter
"Do not waste money on this version"
The narration most reminds me of the clipped electronic voice from a GPS. Extremely hard to understand and follow the story.
"I love this book, just not this narrator!"
Anne of Green Gables has been one of my favorites since I was a girl so when I saw it available on sale I thought, "Why not?" Well, the problem is this narrator. The characters are Canadian, why do they all have English accents? But worse than that is her narration. She sounds like Siri or a computer that is reading out loud. It's very offputting. It does not sound like English is her first language but honestly, I don't think that's the problem. She is just very robotic. Perhaps she gets better but I was only able to get to the part where Matthew reaches the train station. I stopped before I got her version of Anne in my head. I'll be returning this version and listening to the other narrators before I choose a different edition.
"Anne hasn't changed a bit"
What can you say about Anne? She's impetuous, loquacious, a little audacious! The story is a classic for a reason - as my mother defines it, it is a work of art that has withstood the test of time.
The narrator, however, I did not care for. Her girls all sound very shrill, which is jarring when Anne talks so much. Actually, her only voice I didn't dislike was Marilla and maybe Josephine Berry. I don't know whether the narrator's accent is anywhere near correct or not - if so, I had no idea PEI and the US pronounced so many words differently. If it is correct, great, I learned something! If not, it was difficult for no reason. For a child or a non-native speaker, it may be even harder.
All in all, Anne is Anne. Like she does in her life, overall she overcomes the difficulties and strides on.
"Narration gets in the way"
Choose another version instead of this one! The sing-song narration and attempts at voices are dreadful.
The way she read Anne's voice was terrible. There were many mispronounced words. She pronounced the word sewing like suing! It was painful to listen to.
"Loved the story, but the narration hurt my ears."
The book was excellent, but the voice of Anne was ear-piercing. Sometimes I would have to turn it down when she was talking.
"Destroyed by narrator"
I had to listen in small bits due to high pitch squeaky voice used for Anne. Truly nerve grating. Iv watched all the tv shows/movies but will never 'listen' to these stories again. Anne and all the other characters are fabulous but I had to keep remembering the voices I'd heard before in order to get thru it
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