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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,029 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Budge Wilson Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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

    Washington Post

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Erica | 1/24/2014

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

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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.