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Publisher's Summary

In the first sequel to Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Montgomery's feisty red-headed heroine is now 16 and a school teacher in the small village of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. Although older, she isn't necessarily wiser, and she hasn't outgrown her mischievous antics. She learns how complicated life can be when she takes two new orphans at Green Gables under her wings, meddles in someone else's love life, and learns about romance herself when she encounters the "odd behavior" of a very handsome man, Gilbert Blythe.
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A Book for the Whole Family

What made the experience of listening to Anne of Avonlea the most enjoyable?

Seeing Anne grow up into a school teacher and her interactions with Davey and Paul made this into a very enjoyable book for me. I think Dora was the weakest character as I had no idea why she was even there most of the time, but this is still a very strong book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Besides Anne herself, my favorite character was Paul Irving. He was obviously taught to prize his own capacity for creative imagination, which is a valuable lesson for anyone.

What does Shelly Frasier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing the book read aloud made it much easier to understand and enjoy.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sometimes the right teacher makes all the difference in the world.

Any additional comments?

I can easily see why this book has stood the test of time.

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Loved it...

Where does Anne of Avonlea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What other book might you compare Anne of Avonlea to and why?

Currently listening to Ann of the Island and enjoying it

What about Shelly Frasier’s performance did you like?

She is great!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No I like it to last for a long time so I become part of the story

Any additional comments?

I am saving this series for my little grand daughter when she is old enough to read/listen

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Lovely story, well read by a kindred spirit

Only drawback was the mispronunciation of a word here or there.

Overall, it was very true to LLM's spirit.

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Narration is great!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Very wholesome relaxing uplifting read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Anne of Avonlea?

Writing it here would spoil it for you

Which scene was your favorite?

When she makes a friend after the wrong turn

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed several times. It made me smile a lot.

Any additional comments?

I felt the need to review this because I almost didn't buy the Shelly Fraiser version after reading a couple of reviews here complaining about her voice, particularly with the children. Even with the seed planted I found nothing remotely irratating about her voices. Actually I thought they were quite good and allowed me to easily picture the child in my mind.

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Very good narrator!

I am enjoying the Anne of Green Gables series but you have to be careful which narrator you select for each book. This one is great!

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Enter the Red Headed Snippet

Lucy Maud Montgomery's stories always have the ring of truth about them. Somehow, one knows that something like this actually happened to someone, somewhere, sometime, maybe not all to the same person, but who wants to quibble? The red headed snippet's encounter with Mr. J.A. Harrison's parrot is my favorite story in this volume. There had to be such a parrot somewhere. There had to be a J.A. Harrison.

Shelly Frasier nails Montgomery's characters in her narration. There is quirkiness which define each one on which Frasier fastens. I was trying to find a way of expressing the attitude or theme of Montgomery's books. Finally, it came to me that the Marines' credo of duty and honor fits perfectly. I have read a couple of dozen of her books and their worldview is colored in refreshing tones of black and white, right and wrong instead of the modern shades of light grey.

This book, like all of LM Montgomery books, is funny and optimistic. I don't think Montgomery could write a boring line. It was not in her.

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Narration drove me crazy

My daughter tends to listen to audiobooks over and over. This is a great story, but I found this narrator to be exceptionally irritating - especially her imitation of children's voices. I did find her narration in the subsequent book, Anne of the Island much better - maybe because there were fewer kids voices.

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Lovely story well read

The narrator is perfect for this lovely, gentle story, and she really brings the characters to life.

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Marvelous second book in the series!

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this second book in the Anne of Green Gables series! I loved the 1985 miniseries of Anne of Green Gables but never read the books beyond the first. Not sure why because they have been delightful!

In this second book, Anne is 16 years old and a teacher. Her bitter feud with Gilbert has come to an end and they are now friends. Gilbert definitely has stronger feelings for Anne, but he is patiently and slowly winning her over. Love him!

While the beloved characters from the first book are present, the second book introduces some new delightful characters. Marilla and Anne take in two orphans with the understanding that their uncle will eventually take them. The two orphans are complete opposites. Davy’s six year old self is full of mischief and goes from one disaster to another. He definitely keeps them on their toes. His sister is quiet, demure, and obedient. Miss Lavender is another favorite character as well as Mr. Harrison and his foul-mouthed parrot!

Anne is as delightful as ever with her idealistic view of life. I enjoyed the way she and Diana tried to garner donations for their Avonlea Improvement Society. I also loved her trying to navigate her first few years of teaching and trying to win her students over without resorting to harsh discipline.

The audiobook version was well done and I enjoyed the way the narrator brought each of the characters to life. She delivered just the right amount of emotion to keep the story interesting and flowing. Definitely recommend this second book in the series and am looking forward to book 3 and hopefully more of a budding romance between Anne and Gilbert!

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Great book!

It was delightful , but not my favorite narrator. Annie is so joyful! 😊