Thursday, August 3, 2017

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery | Audiobook Review & Giveaway

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Narrator: Colleen Winton

Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press

Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book One

Genre: Classics

Anne, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia (based upon the real community of New London), is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers' homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their 50s and 60s, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew run their farm. They live at Green Gables, their Avonlea farmhouse on Prince Edward Island. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage sends Anne Shirley. Anne is described as bright and quick, eager to please, talkative, and extremely imaginative. She has a pale face with freckles and usually braids her red hair. When asked her name, Anne tells Marilla to call her Cordelia, which Marilla refuses; Anne then insists that if she is to be called Anne, it must be spelled with an e, as that spelling is "so much more distinguished". Marilla at first says the girl must return to the orphanage, but after a few days she decides to let her stay. Marilla feels that she could be a good influence on the girl and had also overheard that another disagreeable woman in town might take Anne in instead.
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Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942) was a Canadian author best known Anne of Green Gables and the series of novels that book begins. The "Anne" of the books is Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl who comes to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their farm, Green Gables. Published in 1908, the book was an immediate success in Canada, the United States and beyond. It has been adapted multiple times to screen, stage, radio, and TV.
Anne Shirley made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. Anne of Green Gables was ranked number 41 in "The Big Read," a survey of the British public by BBC to determine the "nation's best-loved novel" (not children's novel!). And a survey conducted by School Library Journal (USA) in 2012 ranked Anne of Green Gables number nine among all-time children's novels.
Anne of Green Gables was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery published 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays in her lifetime. Her work, diaries and letters have been read and studied by scholars and readers worldwide. Mostly set in Prince Edward Island and locations within Canada's smallest province, the books made PEI a literary landmark and popular tourist site. Montgomery was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Post Hypnotic Press. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. 

Anne of Green Gables is a family favorite. Literally a week before I learned I would be in this tour, my entirely family was binge-watching the old movie(s) and the Netflix show (Anne with an E). So I was very much in the mood for more. Not bashing on the book at all, but you know it's very long. *LAUGHS* I mean, those books are thick (my sister has all of them) so the audio version is equally lengthy. As many know, L.M. Montgomery wrote passionately. The narrator, Colleen Winton, tries to bring that out in her narrative. If I'm honest, her voice reminded me very much of the actress who played Rachel Lynde in the 80s movie adaption, Patricia Hamilton. And I mean that with the most respect. Growing up, many of Rachel Lynde's sayings were on repeat between me and my sisters. We loved her!
The recording of this audio book was smooth and clear. I didn't hear any shuffling of pages, although I wouldn't have minded. *SMILES* Because that just means the narrator is moving to the next part. But not many people like hearing that in their book, so I get it. All in all, we have a wonderful classic brought to life. If you're an avid audiobook listener and you're exclusive to audio books, this will be for you.

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