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I love the Anne of Green Gables series. It is a classic, but out of all the Anne books, this, in my opinion, is the weakest. I still love the book because I am loyal to the series, but this one drags at times. This has probably been written about many times, but this particular book just drives home that Anne is a bit of a blueprint for the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Before you start furiously typing I am well aware that Anne does not meet many of the qualifications. She is a fully realized character and doesn't solely exist to make Gilbert Blythe's sad life better. But, she is quirky in the extreme, creative, adorable, and just seems to flit in and out of people's lives and magically make them all better. I digress though. The thing that bothers me most about this book is the change in narrator. I have absolutely nothing against Tara Ward, but a lot of the women in this book sound like linebackers. I also thought that Anne's voice wasn't as vibrant as it was in the books narrated by Barbara Caruso. I wish that the entire Anne series narrated by one person was available.
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What did you like best about Anne of Windy Poplars? What did you like least?
I love this story. It is probably one of the less eventful Anne books, but I enjoy the slower pace, letters to Gilbert, and the fun relationships Anne develops with her new neighbors in Windy Poplars.
If you’ve listened to books by L. M. Montgomery before, how does this one compare?
It's one of her simpler novels. There are a couple of plot lines worth following. Much is just everyday-type events, but it's a nice diversion.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The narrator reads very smoothly and accurately. However, some of the voices did not seem right to me. She uses a deep, husky voice for several characters, including Rebecca Dew and Katherine, and another single female character of 29 - these characters were too spunky for that slow, deep voice. The voice of Elizabeth was too timid. There was one character whose voice was so annoying (yes, it was in character, but still), I fast forwarded through two chapters, which I don't usually have to do. I was able to find a deal at a lower price, and at that lower price, I don't regret purchasing it. It may not get the repeat listens like the recordings, but I enjoyed the experience overall.
Did Anne of Windy Poplars inspire you to do anything?
Look to see what other new LMM books are being released.
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