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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,084 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: L. M. Montgomery Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781400178421
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When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent, but warm-hearted eleven-year-old girl. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life. Early on, for example, she accidentally dyes her “cursed” red hair green. Later, in an effort to impress a neighbor she bakes a cake, but with liniment instead of vanilla. 

Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote that Anne is an extension of herself and represents the independent, “new” woman of the emerging twentieth century. Individualistic, resourceful, and of a great humanitarian heart, she remains a great role model for girls and women today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Anne Shirley is] the most moving and delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice.”

    Mark Twain

  • “’Tis a fine novel for both the boy and girl set. Aside from Pippi Longstocking, there’s no other literary redhead of quite the same tomboyish aspects as our Anne.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blaire | 2/20/2014

    " I've only read the first book of this collection so far, Anne of Green Gables, and that's what the rating is based on. This is an old-fashioned book, but it comes across as charming rather than dated. The turn of the 20th century was a period of innocence and optimism, at least as compared to now, and I those qualities shine through in this book. The characters are all vividly depicted and the older generation has a down-to-earth common sense that I found refreshing. It didn't make them boring - just solidly grounded and comforting. They reminded me distinctly of my grandparents. I also really enjoyed the descriptions of Prince Edward Island's seasons. The setting was so present it was almost another character. I'm not sure when, or if, I'll read the remaining 2 books. Despite my enjoyment, a little of this goes a long way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 pinkgal | 2/18/2014

    " This is one of those books I think everyone, and I mean everyone, should read. I seriously adore this book to pieces. To be honest, this is the best one of the bunch, moreso than any of the following sequels. They were great (well, before Anne finally marries Gilbert, but you know how it is) but this was the original, the wonderful Anne-with-an-e who dreams all day long, who has hair the color of the sunset, and freckles! Lots of freckles! She can flavor cakes with liniment, dye her hair green, even almost drown in an attempt to play Elaine! XD "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mishti Sharma | 2/15/2014

    " Fresh and lovely. I like the books when Anne is a young girl much better than when she's all grown up and mature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Pinegar | 2/12/2014

    " My favorite childhood series... still enjoy rereading. I'm sure she doesn't remember but my good friend Chris Corry Litherland gave me books 1 & 4 for my 10th or 11th birthday. Loved the books ever since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 2/12/2014

    " This was so fun to read as an adult. I loved this as a girl, and recently requested it as something I knew I wanted to own. What a treat. Of course I loved loved loved Anne and all the story, but I had forgotten or not realized it in my earlier readings what a noble character Anne works to become. I can't wait to read it with my girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi' Smith | 2/6/2014

    " The best books ever. Period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 moontapestry | 2/5/2014

    " Who can not resist an enchanting tale of a young girl`s struggle to overcome obstacles. She is witty and funny. I`ve enjoyed reading almost the who series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 2/4/2014

    " Good, but slow. I also read 4,5,& 6. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 2/2/2014

    " Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books. Why? Well, just read the book and you will fall in love with it too. Anne is such a lovable character, and her story is timeless. I don't want to ruin the story, so all I can say is READ IT FOR YOURSELF!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/1/2014

    " all books in the series was a read a-loud "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 1/19/2014

    " Of course I've read this before... but there is something about summer days that gives me the urge to dig it out again and imagine Anne's "Lake of Shining Waters" and "Dryad's Bubble" with all of their beauty and summeryness... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristie | 1/19/2014

    " I forgot how much i love this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ella rose marion | 1/14/2014

    " amazing book crazy how anne is so positive even though she had such a hard past "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackie Mccue | 1/12/2014

    " I love this book. As a little girl I wanted to be just like Anne, with her big heart and vast imagination. The young orphan who mistakenly ends up with the Cuthbert family is a wonderful role model for young women (she studied hard and fought her way to the top of her class nearly a century before Hermione Granger made that acceptable). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/9/2014

    " To be perfectly honest, I was surprised how much I liked this book. I didn't think that it would keep me so engaged, as I've always assumed that it's a children's book, or more specifically, for girls. However, I must admit that I quite enjoyed Anne and the way that Montgomery wrote her. I could hear her nattering away in my head about how happy nature and life made her. I couldn't help but be cheered up by her exuberance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afsheen | 1/8/2014

    " What a wondefull book to re-read. I feel good after having read it. A dear and warm book ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aarthi Venugopalan | 1/5/2014

    " Ah !! an enchanting read - the language is full of rich imagery - my school textbook :) :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/5/2014

    " Anne of Green Gables is the favorite in this series. I love her character in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Callie | 1/3/2014

    " I love the stories of Anne and how she grows up. I've read more than just the first three, but I like to stop with the third. It leaves the rest to the imagination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/1/2014

    " I wonder how many kids still read this -- it was well written "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sabina | 12/28/2013

    " i know many people will disagree with me- but i hated this book. it was just so BORING. i couldn't get past the first two chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 daniela | 12/22/2013

    " My first literary love. Oh Anne with an "E" thank you for everything! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivy | 12/13/2013

    " I loved this book. Anne is so funny and imaginative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 12/11/2013

    " See my Emily of New Moon review! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 11/30/2013

    " Childhood favorite and enjoyed it even more as an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iris | 11/28/2013

    " This was a cute story, I must say I can't wait to read the next installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 11/20/2013

    " The "Anne" series is amazing! I love drinking up the romances, adventures, etc., of the redheaded orphan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Perry | 11/4/2013

    " Great little trouble making girl. One of my first literary loves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlee | 10/26/2013

    " Haven't read in years till now. still love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Lam | 10/20/2013

    " This is a good book and talks about Anne of Green Gables' child life. This book talks about how Anne was adopted by a family who then accepts her as their own after a while. Once they decide to keep her they teach her many things and that Anne keeps on getting in trouble over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 10/18/2013

    " By far one of my favorite characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mainrun | 10/11/2013

    " My wife and I watched the excellent PBS miniseries back in the late 1980's or early 1990's. We then bought "Anne of Green Gables Three Volumes in One" by Lucy Maud Montgomery and read it out loud to each other. There are quite a few laugh-out-loud parts "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deidre | 7/28/2013

    " One of my favorite books as a child, now I remember why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 7/15/2013

    " A really sweet, soothing story. Good to read when I'm feeling sick or down. Since it was written in a different time, the character's beliefs are sometimes really annoying. Also nothing ever really happens, but since it reminds me of when I was a kid, my memories make it very enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 6/29/2013

    " It was boring at first. It gets funny once she sells her cranky neighbor's cow on accident and then other funny things keep happening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhiannon | 6/18/2013

    " This is one of my all-time favorite books. It was great to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Schroedette | 5/20/2013

    " So well written. I was sad when it was over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly | 4/18/2013

    " I read the first and i am now reading the second! they are wonderful!! read them NOW! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chahrazad | 3/8/2013

    " heart-breakingly beautiful, in every aspect! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruby Fuenciado | 3/3/2013

    " this book is soooooooooo good. it is sad,happy, and all other types of feelings! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 layla | 2/28/2013

    " Adorable and lovely book, really enjoyed reading it. I actually teared up a little reading the last two chapters. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/20/2013

    " gotta say I liked the movie better(1985, CBC). anne is a great character, but Richard Farnsworth and Colleen Dewhurst added so much to the Marilla and Matthew characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elysa | 2/1/2013

    " Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I've always loved the movies (who doesn't??) and the book instantly moved into my favorite books! If you love the Anne of Green Gables movies, you should definitely read the books! They are written so well and Anne is even more lovable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Hensley | 10/9/2012

    " i loved to watch all the shows that are about green gables and the other ones..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 7/25/2012

    " How did I miss this as a child? My daughter's book came with a locket and she was quick to point out upon finishing that there was no locket in the story. We were both enchanted, all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sadie | 7/20/2012

    " They were very good at first but then eveything got boring sooner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 7/8/2012

    " Loved reading it with elementary school children. Got the young girls interested in the series in third, fourth grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inspired Kathy | 6/20/2012

    " I love Anne of Green Gables. My daughter's middle name is Anne with an "e" of course! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Huong | 4/1/2012

    " I woke up today with a strong urge to re-read this childhood favorite. It was one of my earliest books and I remember it quite fondly. There is such genuine feel-good about the characters and story. A true classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lillerina | 3/13/2012

    " Sometimes there is just nothing like books from your childhood which make you weep. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vanessa | 3/6/2012

    " I hate it. Need to swap NOW!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hae-In | 3/5/2012

    " perennial favorite, I re-read this book every few years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 1/3/2012

    " I liked it, liked the story and characters, but it was so boring and confusing. one afternoon can take up a whole chapter, then they'll randomly skip like four years the next chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shablandelina | 11/25/2011

    " I really liked this book.It's in my top5 favourite books.I really loved the characters they were amazing. each and everyone of them were different from the others.I just really liked and i recommend it.i will gladly read it again myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marthajoy | 10/22/2011

    " great book, but haven't finished it yet "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 10/19/2011

    " I have loved this book since I was little and still read it about once a year! I consider this series one of the sweetest ever written. Don't stop with book one or two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 10/18/2011

    " Easiest five stars I ever gave. This book deserves 1,000 stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Olivia | 8/23/2011

    " I don't even want to talk about it. Yeah. That bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 8/20/2011

    " Got these free from feedbooks.com for my Kindle, rereading for the umpteenth time- what a joy, such simple times and sweet characters. I don't suppose life was really like that even then, but the fantasy is so pretty... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 5/25/2011

    " Still one of my favorite literary characters. My daughters name has an e in her honor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/22/2011

    " classic story of girlhood. must read for all young readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 5/20/2011

    " I love this book. I had only even seen the movie and finally got around to reading it. Brings back lots of good memories with my friends growing up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sadie | 5/20/2011

    " They were very good at first but then eveything got boring sooner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 5/19/2011

    " One of the first stories (many years ago!) I read in which a girl was portrayed as being just as capable as a boy in school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corinne | 5/18/2011

    " Really enjoyed re-reading this childhood favorite, and it is still a classic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiara | 5/18/2011

    " I think it's a great book Anne will and always will have a bright imagination and theres defently "scope for imagination" as Anne would say! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 5/18/2011

    " Really good story that any well-read young girl would enjoy. I did. Since I hadn't read it as a girl and I was in Vancouver, BC and its was the anniversary of this book - I bought it for myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willow4 | 5/18/2011

    " My parents and my brother and I took turns reading this on the way to PEI one long ago summer.
    I love the imagination and persistance of Anne, we could all be a little more like her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/16/2011

    " I love a Victorian novel with snark. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rowan | 5/16/2011

    " Yawn. Absolutely BORING. Not at all interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/16/2011

    " still love this series :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/11/2011

    " Great series of books...the stories are so real and descriptive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 umiraz | 11/22/2010

    " this is one of my favorite books from my childhood..=)
    my favorite quotation in this book;"tomorrow is always fresh!"
    owh,i really miss anne's red hair!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 11/8/2010

    " I love Anne when the mouse is in the pudding thats a funny part!
    kate "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 moontapestry | 9/1/2010

    " Who can not resist an enchanting tale of a young girl`s struggle to overcome obstacles. She is witty and funny. I`ve enjoyed reading almost the who series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 8/30/2010

    " Of course I've read this before... but there is something about summer days that gives me the urge to dig it out again and imagine Anne's "Lake of Shining Waters" and "Dryad's Bubble" with all of their beauty and summeryness... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leilani | 8/3/2010

    " I liked how this book ended. This is the reason I hate reading books after seeing the movie because It was nothing like the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 5/25/2010

    " I'm not sure why it went from books 1 and 2 to the 5th book in this 3-volume set. I'll have to read 3 and 4 to fill me in on some things about Anne's House of Dreams. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bina | 5/12/2010

    " i know many people will disagree with me- but i hated this book. it was just so BORING. i couldn't get past the first two chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deidre | 3/29/2010

    " One of my favorite books as a child, now I remember why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 3/6/2010

    " Childhood favorite and enjoyed it even more as an adult. "

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About the Author

Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30th, 1874, in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Although she lived during a time when few women received a higher education, Lucy attended Prince Wales College in Charlottestown, PEI, and then Dalhousie University in Halifax. At seventeen she went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to write for a newspaper, the Halifax Chronicle, and for its evening edition, the Echo. But Lucy returned to live with her grandmother in Cavendish, PEI, where she taught and contributed stories to magazines. It was this experience, along with the lives of her farmer and fisherfolk neighbors, that came alive when she wrote her Anne books, beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908). Anne of Green Gables brought her overnight success and international recognition. It was followed by eight other books about Anne and Avonlea, as well as a number of other delightful novels, including her Emily series, which began in 1923 with Emily of New Moon. But it is her delightful heroine Anne Shirley, praised by Mark Twain as “the most moving and delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice,” who remains a popular favorite throughout the world. She and her husband, the Rev. Ewen MacDonald, eventually moved to Ontario. Lucy Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942.

About the Narrator

Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and Southern California and has done voice-over work for commercials and animation projects. She trained at the Groundlings Improv School in Hollywood and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory in Costa Mesa, California. She has performed at theaters throughout North Hollywood and Orange County. Recent performances include Blue Window, The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, The Haunting of Hill House, and a British farcical version of A Christmas Carol. She resides in Hollywood.