L.M. Montgomery's Rainbow Valley is the continuation of the beloved classics Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. Anne and Gilbert Blythe are married and have six mischievous children. Always seeking out new adventures and trying to help others, they're a rambunctious lot.
With a charming narration from Barbara Caruso, Rainbow Valley is a playful and enjoyable listening experience.
Those who knew Anne as an impetuous, light-hearted girl will enjoy learning that she's married childhood sweetheart Gilbert and grown into an impetuous, light-hearted mother of six. In this novel, her children carry on the tradition of involving themselves in the lives of others, which their mother began long ago at Green Gables. The resulting stories are full of the same old-fashioned charm as that beloved classic. Barbara Caruso, who excels at dialogue, which is plentiful here, is an excellent choice as narrator - she is comfortable with the novel's old-fashioned phrases, and her evident enjoyment enlivens the story for listeners.
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L.M. Montgomery is better aloud than in my head
Rainbow Valley is a favorite. I used to get the audio book from the library all the time, so I decided to download it on audible so that I'd always have it. In my opinion, it's one of the most underrated books in the series.
L.M. Montgomery never fails to create lovable characters and paint vivid pictures in the mind of the reader. I love the dynamic of the Manse kids, the mischief of Mary Vance, and the romance at the end.
Being read to is highly underrated. Caruso's voice is the kind that can remind you of being read to as a child by a teacher, parent, grandparent, etc. Her voice is homey.
Although, if I were to give one criticism, it is odd to hear an older woman voice so many children.
Any moment between the Manse children and their father
If you're looking for a story all about Anne, Gilbert, and their children and will not be satisfied with anything else, this story will not appeal to you. The story centers primarily around the family of the preacher in Anne's town. Her family is in the story as well, especially her and her housekeeper Susan, but if I were to guess, I'd say that L.M. Montgomery wanted to create an all-new story and set of characters and place them in a familiar world. This is not really a continuation of Anne's story so much as a lot of fun stories about the hi-jinks of some rowdy, well-meaning children.
Well worth it!
- Jess Milligan