on November 22, 2016
Series: Anne of Green Gables #1
Genres: Children's Book
Narrator: Rachel McAdams
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
Reading Challenges: 2017 Beat the Backlist
With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery’s beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams’ voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century. In this story of “kindred spirits”, McAdams’ touching and heartfelt narration proves she is just that – bonded on a deep level to this shimmering classic.
When aging brother and sister Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan boy to help with chores around their farm, Green Gables on Prince Edward Island, neither is prepared for the feisty and imaginative redheaded girl who is mistakenly brought to them instead. Nor are they prepared for the way in which she will change their lives. Through a series of hilarious misadventures, Anne’s uncompromising spirit makes her a striking presence in the close-knit village, bringing new friendships, first crushes, and, for her foster parents, a love and openness unimaginable before her arrival.
How did I go 30 years without reading Anne of Green Gables? I feel like I was missing out on so much! I was missing out on a bosom friend, on Willowmere, the Snow Queen, and the east gable room! I did have a VHS of the old black and white series that I watched over and over as a kid, but I’m so thrilled to have finally experienced the book in all it’s beauty.
I think Anne Shirley is a kindred spirit. I absolutely loved her. I honestly don’t think anyone could dislike her and if they do, I will question their character. She’s just lovely! Spirited, imaginative, intelligent, and kind. She was the best sort of character. She was full of wonderful wisdom. I adored her outlook on life! I think we could all stand to be a bit more like Anne Shirley. I loved getting to know her and all her adventures.
I think just about everyone is familiar with the basic premise of Anne of Green Gables. I was, but I found the story to be completely captivating. I had a hard time stopping the audiobook. I was always very anxious to pick back up where I left off and see what kind of adventures (or misadventures) Anne was having.
I used an audible credit and got the audiobook on a whim and I so happy I did. This version is narrated by Rachel McAdams and she is just perfect. She brought Anne’s story to life. Her voice was so easy to get lost in. The emotions of the story came through so well. I don’t think I’ll be able to listen to the rest of the series because Rachel McAdams doesn’t narrate them.
I really can’t recommend Anne of Green Gables enough! With the new show coming soon, now is a perfect time read, reread, or download this amazingly done audiobook.