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While it is true that Lucy Maude Montgomery's first Anne book is charming and delightful and will produce any number of thrills and laughs, Susan O'Malley doesn't do the book justice.
I've been reading Anne every few years since I was myself not quite eleven. As such, I am conscious of a few words read wrong.
For just one example, in the affair of the Amethyst Brooch, the trees and fields vainly await Anne's "usual" greeting, but O'Malley misreads it as Anne's "unusual" greeting. Slip-ups like these may not bother the first-time listener, but I was sorely disappointed. I shall get my next Anne audiobook from a different reader for certain.
I would advise another author for this fine tale; Audible provides a wide range of Anne readings for you.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
I was disappointed to hear such a dry narration of this fantasic book by L.M. MOntgomery. Anne of Green Gables is my all time favourite childhood story of an orphan girl with irrepressible imagination, spirit, and a nack for mishaps mixed with heroism. This books needs a bubbly, energetic, passionate narrator. Too bad the publishers of this audiobook chose a reader with a dry monotone voice. I would prefer to read the story to my daughter myself to recapture the true whimsy and delight of the red-headed Anne that this narrator has left behind.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
The woman who reads this book has a monotone, expressionless way of reading. My 11 year old daughter says she sounds like a robot. She puts no emphasis in sentences and makes it very hard to listen to. It speaks to the quality of the writing that my children are willing to persevere with this audio book. They are interested in the story and want to find out what happens to Anne, but they have to work hard to distinguish characters and follow the plot.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful