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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,027 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: L. M. Montgomery Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455172740
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When twenty-four-year-old Eric Marshall arrives on Prince Edward Island to become a substitute schoolmaster, he has a bright future in his wealthy family’s business. Eric has taken the two-month teaching post only as a favor to a friend—but fate throws in his path a beautiful, mysterious girl named Kilmeny Gordon. With jet black hair and sea blue eyes, Kilmeny immediately captures Eric’s heart. But Kilmeny cannot speak, and Eric is concerned for and bewitched by this shy, sensitive mute girl. For the first time in his life, Eric must work hard for something he wants badly, and there is nothing he wants more than for Kilmeny to return his love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A romance as wholesome as the bread and milk that the hero eats at dusk…The story is as refreshing—and perhaps rather more stimulating—as a drink from a cool spring set back from the novel reader’s dusty road.”

    Independent (New York)

  • “A story born in the heart of Arcadia and brimful of the sweet and simple life of the primitive environment.”

    Boston Herald

  • Kilmeny of the Orchard is a story of decidedly unusual conception and interest, and will rival this author’s earlier works in popularity.”

    Kalamazoo Evening Press

  • Kilmeny of the Orchard is a book of rare quality, difficult to describe but evident to those who have eyes to see.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/4/2014

    " A sweet, quick read that is perhaps a bit old-fashioned, Kilmeny of the Orchard offers beautiful imagery and a story of unconditional love. Although a bit predictable and laden with parts that made me feel more was needed (i.e. more sympathy for Neil, more experience of the real world for Kilmeny's part), I couldn't put it down and thought that, once again, Lucy Maud Montgomery delivered an enchanting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bria | 2/3/2014

    " I just read this on the online gutenberg project to kill time at the office, expecting to enjoy it, because I love Montgomery despite her floweriness. Kilmeny was rather over-the-top romantic and flowery, but I liked it all the same. I can't decide if that is Montgomery's fault or mine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delicious Strawberry | 1/31/2014

    " While this didn't pique my interest as much as Anne of Green Gables or the Blue Castle, this is a solid read, and a great short story by Ms. Montgomery. If you've enjoyed her series and stand-alone books, then you will definitely enjoy this. It's a nice, short (not overly so) love story between what seems like an unlikely couple :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/31/2014

    " This one was pretty dated (and a bit racist) and the resolution was obvious/not very satisfying. However, I don't really read LM Montgomery for her plots but for her descriptions of characters and places. She makes pre World War 1 Canada seem like a wild flower filled wonderland. It's a cute love story full of pretty prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kailey | 1/30/2014

    " One of my three top favorites of her works! So bewitchingly lovely! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madelyn | 1/29/2014

    " Although this (and Hogg's poem) is where I found my daughter's name, I feel this is one of Montgomery's weaker works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Henning | 1/27/2014

    " A lovely story by LM Montgomery. Totally different than ANY of the "Anne's" but a delightful read and an excellent ending. I love all the descriptive writing that is LM's style and can't wait to give this one to Violet in about 3 years or so :) A must read if you are inclined towards LM Montgomery's style! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dayna | 1/20/2014

    " I was expecting more out of an L.M. Montgomery book. Very predictable storyline. "

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

    " Another touching classic from LM Montgomery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arwen | 1/5/2014

    " I love this simple, romantic tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennefer | 12/8/2013

    " A fun trip down memory lane. I read this in probably 5th or 6th grade and loved and and I loved just as much (maybe even more) this time around. Just love L.M. Montgomery. I think I will have to pick up Anne of Green Gables here soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Ruth | 12/7/2013

    " Super cute non-Anne book. Is also a very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JG (The Introverted Reader) | 11/23/2013

    " A little bit dark for L. M. Montgomery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K. | 6/18/2013

    " Decently fun little romantical story, great for girls. Not Montgomery's best offering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Robson | 5/12/2013

    " This is a delightful, winsome book with wonderful descriptions. Although the romance seems very dated now the atmosphere of the setting still makes this a very enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CLM | 2/25/2013

    " I never was able to get into this as a teen, and in fact it vaguely reminded me of a dreadful book by the author of Peter Pan, James Barrie, called The Little Minister. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erica | 1/8/2013

    " I don't mind sentimental, but this lacked the humor of her other novels, and had a very silly plotline. Not a crossover young adult/adult novel...keep it for children only. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 11/27/2012

    " Again, makes you want to go to PEI. Still, not fabulous like Anne. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mady | 9/7/2012

    " From the same author of Anne of Green Gables. There are quite many prejudices in it, but it wasn't as bad as I feared. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 8/29/2012

    " i'm glad montgomery strayed away from this type of story afterward "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 7/30/2012

    " It was a good quick read. Very sweet :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity U | 5/22/2012

    " Very sweet! I enjoyed this book a lot and will hopefully buy it. :) Special things in it include a girl who can't speak but is very beautiful, family intrigue, and of course, a handsome gentleman. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 4/30/2012

    " Kinda cheesy, but still in the sweet style of L M Montgomery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie Lippert | 2/18/2012

    " This woman is the same one who wrote Anne of Green Gables? Really? This book was the written equivalent of a Lifetime Movie. Extremely fluffy with no substance but it passed the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Catherine | 1/28/2012

    " As a young girl I loved this book. It captivated me. And I remember vowing to name my first born daughter Kilmeny (thank goodness I did not!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 11/25/2011

    " I had heard so many lovely things about this book, and was not sure how I had missed it. Turns out because it is short (more like a novella, a length I generally dislike), and really kind of creepy. Gets a few points for Montgomery's lush writing style, and that's about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K1 | 10/16/2011

    " Good book, and a quick read. Ending a little to pat, but then, if it hadn't ended happily, would I have liked it as much? I'm not sure... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 5/18/2011

    " I didn't think it was her best book, I have like others better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/6/2011

    " One of my favorite love stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 2/28/2011

    " Quick, sweet read. At 100 pages, I would almost call it a short story rather than a novel, but it was a cute little love story. Enjoy it for what it is, but don't analyze it too closely--I don't think it would hold up under close scrutiny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Catherine | 2/23/2011

    " As a young girl I loved this book. It captivated me. And I remember vowing to name my first born daughter Kilmeny (thank goodness I did not!) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vera ? | 2/6/2011

    " I started this book but i couldnt finish it. It was too boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trine | 1/19/2011

    " When I only give 3 stars to this book, it is simply because it reminds me so much of many of LMM's short stories that it just seemed like an extra long short story. The characters and the plot was just as one dimensional as in a short story, but still a very likable one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Foggygirl | 1/12/2011

    " I love L.M. Montgomery's books, they are timeless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dylan | 1/8/2011

    " Ok, I'll admit it's a little sappy.
    BUT, an Island author and a great piece of writing.
    Kilmeny steals hearts. Deal with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/6/2011

    " It was a cute short story. It wasn't L. M. Montgomery's best book but it was still good. I enjoyed it, although it didn't have as much depth asher other novels do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mady | 11/13/2010

    " From the same author of Anne of Green Gables. There are quite many prejudices in it, but it wasn't as bad as I feared. "

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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

Grace Conlin (1962–1997) was the recording name of Grainne Cassidy, an award-winning actress and acclaimed narrator. She was a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and won a Helen Hayes Award in 1988 for her role in Woolly Mammoth’s production of Savage in Limbo.