Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1), by L. M. Montgomery
Publish Date: June 1908 (audiobook recorded in June 2006)
Published by: Librivox.org (audiobook)
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 314 (approx. 8 1/2 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
“She’ll have to go back.” Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had decided to adopt an orphan. They wanted a nice sturdy boy to help Matthew with the farm chores. The orphanage sent a girl instead – a mischievous, talkative redhead who the Cuthberts thought would be no use at all. But as soon as Anne arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever. And the longer Anne stayed, the harder it was for anyone to imagine Green Gables without her.
Now, I know for sure that at some point in my childhood I tried reading this book, because I definitely remembered a lot of the first few chapters (up to about the incident with Diana and the sherry), but not the details. Knowing me I grew bored and put it aside because I wasn’t interested at the time. Which I totally believe my younger, fantasy-obsessed, self to have been. But I’ve wanted to try reading Anne of Green Gables again for a while now, and I thought, why not try it as an audiobook? As soon as I started listening to the version Karen Savage recorded for librivox.org, I was hooked. Her voice brought the words to life and held me captive the entire time I was listening. I grew to absolutely love Anne Shirley and all of her quirks, the characters of Avonlea, and all the beautiful descriptions and moments of love and amusement. I understand now why so many people connected with Anne when they read about her for the first time – she is imaginative, loving, and full of dreams that we all could only hope to possess. A definite recommendation for all, although I think sometimes you have to be in the right mindset or mood for a book like this. I guess it just depends on the reader.
Beat the Backlist 2018 | Books Completed Toward Goal: 11/20