Series: Anne of Green Gables #1
Published by Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. on 1908
Genres: Classics, Family, Orphans & Foster Homes, Young Adult
Source: Library Book
“Matthew had taken the scrawny little hand awkwardly in his; then and there he decided what to do. He could not tell this child with the glowing eyes that there had been a mistake. . . .”
When eleven-year-old Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables with nothing but a carpetbag and an overactive imagination, she knows that she has found her home. But first she must convince the Cuthberts to let her stay, even though she isn’t the boy they’d hoped for. The loquacious Anne quickly finds her way into their hearts, as she has with generations of readers, and her charming, ingenious adventures in Avonlea, filled with colorful characters and tender escapades, linger forever in our memories.
This Modern Library edition of the first of L. M. Montgomery’s beloved and immensely popular Avonlea novels features the restored original text and an Introduction by the noted children’s literature scholar Jack Zipes.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I’m pretty sure I read Anne of Green Gables as a child, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember it. So maybe I never did read it? Because I feel like Anne Shirley is a kindred spirit and one I would remember reading about. I’m a fan of L.M. Montgomery and her novel, A Tangled Web, is one of my all time favorite books which I’ve read dozens upon dozens of times since first finding it in high school. I don’t love Anne as much as the Darks and the Penhallows of A Tangled Web, but it’s hard not to fall in love with Green Gables and it’s inhabitants.
I love a good orphan story- probably because I’m very pro-adoption, so Anne finding happiness after such a miserable childhood was lovely to hear unfold. Anne and Matthew’s bond, and his storyline in particular, both melted and broke my heart. But I loved all the characters in the book, even Mrs. Lynd- who of course is a busy body neighbor who makes everything and everyone her business. The characters all have real flaws- Anne is often overly emotional and stubborn to the point of ridiculousness (honestly, Gilbert says one not so nice thing and then spends years trying to make it up to her and it takes her FOREVER to let go of her one-sided grudge). Anna and Diana’s friendship is wonderful to read about too- how I wish children were actually like those two! Or, how I wish I were more like a character out of Montgomery novel- full of gumption, spirit and also able to keep a fabulously clean house.
I’m already listening to the next book, so yes, I will continue with the series!
The version I checked out from the library is read by Kate Burton- I loved her voice for Anne! She captured Anne Shirley in a way that I don’t know many narrators could have done. Her Anne is full of wonder and imagination, and tear-strained when she’s overcome by emotions or sorry for the mistakes she makes. Burton’s voice also gave Marilla warmth and Matthew his charming reluctance. I was so sad when I picked up the next book in the series at the library that Burton was not the narrator. I have not listened to any other novels read by Kate Burton but I did purchase an Audible version of Pride and Prejudice that has an assemble cast. I can’t wait to listen to it! Sadly, the first Anne of Green Gables book is the only in the series she narrates. I’m having a hard time with Anne of Avonlea because I just feel the narrator is reading it wrong. Sigh.