Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Book Review - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (audiobook performed by Laurel Schroeder)

Book Synopsis
Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, middle-aged siblings who live together in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, decide to adopt a boy from an orphan asylum to help on their farm. But owing to a series of mishaps, the child who is delivered to their care is not a boy at all but a precocious girl of 11 named Anne Shirley. Although, as Marilla dryly informs her, "you certainly have a genius for getting into trouble", with pluck, imagination, and optimism, Anne flourishes at Green Gables. And Matthew and Marilla find their lives transformed and their hearts opened to a deeper love than they ever knew possible.

My Review
Anne of Green Gables tells the story of an orphan named Anne Shirley, who goes to live with a middle aged pair of siblings on Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Although Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert had planned to take in a boy to help around their farm, they unexpectedly decide to let Anne stay.  Her warmth and imagination changes their lives, as they also change hers.

This is a classic children's novel, and I have read it several times in the past.  I really enjoyed this reread, especially in audiobook format.  The book came alive with the narration by Laurel Schroeder.  She did a great job of characterizations, especially Anne's emphatic line deliveries and sense of drama.

I loved visiting with Anne in this story, and seeing the ordinary world through her sense of wonder.  I especially like the fanciful names she gives to everyday people and places.  I also really appreciated the way she sought out kindred spirits and her strong, loyal devotion to friends.

Anne of Green Gables is such a lovely book, about friendship and imagination and the power of home.  It was a pleasure to read again, and I recommend this audiobook adaptation highly.  It would make a wonderful trip listen that parents would enjoy as much as children.  It also would be great as a bedtime listen.

I received a copy of this book from Audiobookworm Promotions.

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