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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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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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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.