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3.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 5 3.58 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Budge Wilson Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781400176274
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A must-read for generations of book lovers, this remarkable prequel to the classic Anne of Green Gables was specially authorized by L. M. Montgomery's heirs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the original novel. Before Green Gables is the story of Anne Shirley's life before her arrival at Green Gables-a heartwarming tale of a precocious child whose lively imagination and relentless spirit help her to overcome difficult circumstances and of a young girl's ability to love, learn, and above all, dream. Published in 1908, L. M. Montgomery's coming-of-age classic Anne of Green Gables has enchanted generations of readers, both children and adults. The story of the spunky red-haired orphan from Prince Edward Island is known to millions, and copies of the eight titles in the series have never gone out of print. But when readers first meet Anne, she is only eleven and has just been sent from an orphanage to meet her new family. No one ever knew the events of Anne's life before she arrived at Green Gables. Until now. For the millions of readers who devoured the Green Gables series, Before Green Gables is an irresistible treat: the account of how one of literature's most beloved heroines became the girl who captivated the world. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Profound ideas, persuasively fleshed out. L. M. Montgomery would surely have approved.”

    Washington Post

  • Profound ideas, persuasively fleshed out. L. M. Montgomery would surely have approved. The Washington Post

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Awjtf | 2/7/2014

    " tells the story of Anne before she came to green gables. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/6/2014

    " Actually, I want to give it 3.5. It's not perfect -- Anne starts speaking like an 11-year old when she's like 3, there isn't anything especially innovative, and there are some mindsets and turns of phrases that felt anachronistic -- but in general I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. It almost ended up on my "Abandoned" shelf, but I wanted to keep reading about Anne's childhood. And the end result was that I got super re-energized to reread the actual Anne series, to the point that I started digging around in my closet for my books and movies (the horror: they're still at my parents' house!). So I guess that means that by the end of the book the author had really gotten Anne's personality and voice down pretty well -- I was frantic to read about Matthew picking her up at the train station, Anne bashing the slate over Gilbert's head, and Marilla teaching Anne to pray. The author has an interestingly sympathetic take on the alcoholics and abusive foster parents who raised Anne in her early years. It was also interesting to see how the author took Anne's established personality traits, quirks, and interests and gives them a foundation in the early years -- this is part of what felt non-innovative about the book, but simultaneously what felt kind of rewarding and made me want to reread the originals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslee | 1/29/2014

    " While she tries to write in the style of L.M. Montgemery, she is NOT. I did enjoy the story though, and the missing pieces of Anne's life do seem to be accurately filled in. It rekindled my love for the Anne stories. I am rather guiltily re-reading the entire series, even though I have a whole boat-load of books on my to-read list. They are mac-and-cheese to my heart and soul! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/24/2014

    " Great idea for a novel. Good read. Kept me going. Author kept Anne true to character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annabelle | 1/15/2014

    " This prequel was commissioned by LM Montgomery's family in honor of the 100th anniversary of the original book's publication. Wilson does a fine job of detailing Anne's (often bleak) young life; she is true to the original but retains a unique voice and subtly inserts some modern subtext here and there. (For example, it is gently hinted that a minor character might be gay.) All in all, an enjoyable read for those of us who spent their childhoods obsessed with Anne Shirley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 1/7/2014

    " This book was interesting... nice backstory to Anne of Green Gables "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Treasure | 12/15/2013

    " Well, it's not written by L.M. Montgomery and it is about Anne's difficult and tragic early life, so I don't know how I feel about it.There were some enchanting moments and some nods to future events (croup, twins, parents were teachers, etc.), but it just wasn't as fun or as sweet. Eh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 12/1/2013

    " This is a very well written book. Written in the same style as the Montgomery books. I enjoyed the book very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 11/11/2013

    " Fun to read for "Anne" fans. Retains what we love best about Anne - her imaginative charm that captures friends as she rises triumphantly from the trials that so ofter beset her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Endor Solo | 10/18/2013

    " I loved this book and I love Anne!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 10/13/2013

    " I was a little concerned that "they" would try to ruin my favorite Anne but I was pleasantly surprised. Not as good as the original but I thought it was well written. I was happy to hear that this was published with the blessing of the Montgomery family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 10/1/2013

    " a prequel! and i loved it! (there are some serious differences with the real anne books and some things that seem very unlikely to have happened, but overall the book made me happy. four stars for making me happy.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 9/30/2013

    " If you are a fan of Anne you need to read this book! Budge Wilson answers all the questions of where Anne began before arriving on her beloved island of PEI. A must read for die hards of the famous heroine of Green Gables. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loraine | 7/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlynn | 5/17/2013

    " If you loved Anne of Green Gables I highly recommend this book. You never know what other authors are going to do with beloved characters, but Anne was safe in Budge Wilson's hands. Most excellent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 1/11/2013

    " Interesting perspective, but I really miss Gilbert. That's when I REALLY love the Anne stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenn | 5/27/2012

    " Loved L.M. Montgomery's Anne as a child. Thought this was horrific. I actually stopped reading - which is something I rarely do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jailynn | 10/11/2011

    " Standing alone this is a great book and I loved hearing "the rest of the story" but I missed Anne's humorous mishap's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Berinstein | 10/10/2011

    " I think this is a sad telling of Anne's early life. I understand that Wilson was approved by the LM Montgomery estate, or whomever, but I could have told the story better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlynn | 6/16/2011

    " If you loved Anne of Green Gables I highly recommend this book. You never know what other authors are going to do with beloved characters, but Anne was safe in Budge Wilson's hands. Most excellent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherri | 6/6/2011

    " Backstory to Anne of Green Gables. It was well done, but since we knew how it had to end, it took some of the fun out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 5/12/2011

    " I have loved the Anne movies. This book makes me relive them again. Though not written by the same author, the story seems believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 5/2/2011

    " I read this book out loud to my daughter. She loved it and is now excited to read the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery (which I loved as a child-and still do). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 4/3/2011

    " Ms. Wilson did an excellent job capturing Anne's voice. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 3/7/2011

    " A family- approved version of Anne's life before Green Gables. Creative, true to character. OK to spend time on this one. Quick. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 2/19/2011

    " this book had too much sad stuff but i mean it was nice to listen to it i guess.... "

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About the Author

Budge Wilson was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her many prizes include seventeen Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Awards and the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Canadian Book Award. Her collection of short stories The Leaving was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and was later included on the association’s list of 75 Best Children’s Books of the Last 25 Years. In 2004 she was made a member of the Order of Canada.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.