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A loveable, headstrong orphan in the first book, Anne is a teacher in Avonlea, Nova Scotia, when she enrolls in Redmond College in Halifax. She’s followed by her lifelong friend Gilbert Blythe and Philippa, a charming girl from Anne’s hometown. It’s at college that Anne experiences the death of an old friend and the romantic attention of Roy Gardner. Anne’s ideas about love and friendship are tested and altered by these experiences.
Barbara Caruso’s inviting tone, well-paced narrative, and subtle characterizations make her performance in Anne of the Island stand out.
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By Joseph R on 09-04-09
Grown Up, Off to College and Romance
Good storytelling is good storytelling whether complex or simple; Heidi or War and Peace. Montgomery's style is crisp, simple and enjoyable. Her stories were not in the style of War and Peace but on the hand, I don't think Leo Tolstoy could have written anything like Anne of Green Gables. In any case, Lucy Maud Montgomery is near the top of my favorite writers especially when I need something to enjoy without effort. I think I have read all of her dozens of books and many of her scores of short stories.
Anne is all grown up and off to the big college of Redmond. Montgomery seems to put into her stories the tales which have an oral tradition of the Maritime Provinces. I have no doubt that this is the source of many of Anne Shirley's adventures. There is a ring of truth to them. They actually happened to someone at some time. My favorites include the two old woman of Patty's Place; oh, yes and the cats! I know they were real. No one could make them up. To Anne's eternal vexation, the all grown up young lady received some of the best "worst" proposals of marriage ever. They stand alongside Mr. Collins' proposal to Elizabeth Bennet and even Mr. Darcy's first proposal to the same lady as awesomely horrible. I think Montgomery reports actual proposals. Oh, yes, she refused them all, including the rather nice expected (by the reader)one from Gilbert.
The death of Ruby Gillis, the beautiful social butterfly is one of Montgomery's best scenes. In addition, that moment when Anne thought Gilbert was dying and she has a flash of insight into her own heart is quite moving. One last thing, "playing gooseberry" or "going gooseberry" means to chaperon. I got that straight from the P.E.I. public relations department and the LM Montgomery Institute.
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By Sharron on 02-10-17
I want to be Anne!
What made the experience of listening to Anne of the Island the most enjoyable?
Anne is honest, funny and likeable. Her stories are full of fun, wit and at times, tears.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Anne is my favourite character because she never stops growing in personality.
Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favourite?
I think Barbar's portrayal of Phil was brilliant and just as I imagined her to sound.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I think when Anne discovered the man of her dreams was someone close to home, I almost wept.
Any additional comments?
Read the series of books in order to see the characters develop as they grow up together from children to adults.