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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: L. M. Montgomery Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Anne of Green Gables Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455172214
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The winsome Anne Shirley is grown, has been married to her beloved Gilbert Blythe for fifteen years, and is the mother of six spirited children. When a strange family moves into a nearby mansion, Anne and her family are drawn into a host of trials, schemes and triumphs. The Meredith family is comprised of two boys and two girls, a minister father but no mother, and a runaway girl named Mary Vance. The clever and mischievous Meredith kids join Anne’s children in a private hideout to carry out plans to save Mary from the orphanage, to help the lonely minister find happiness, and to save a pet rooster from becoming a soup ingredient.

In this, another of L. M. Montgomery’s beloved books, the sun-dappled world of Rainbow Valley is always full of adventure and delight.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a generous sprinkling of humor, great sensitivity to the feelings of the young, and an appreciation for the muddles that can take place in life, L. M. Montgomery has created a story that will delight all fans of Anne Shirley. How wonderful it is to see what her children are like and to get involved in the lives of a new set of characters.”

    Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review

  • “In Rainbow Valley…[Anne’s] children carry on the tradition of involving themselves in the lives of others, which their mother began long ago at Green Gables. The resulting stories are full of the same old-fashioned charm as that beloved classic.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 2/17/2014

    " this is the lates one that i have read, as of now. like the rest, very charming!:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ava | 2/13/2014

    " Maud's love for the Blythe and Meredith children is very obvious in Rainbow Valley. Anne takes the backseat in the later Green Gables books and makes way for her adorable children and their crew of outrageous friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elissa | 2/13/2014

    " Nothing says spring like Anne! It's amazing how L.M Montgomery still made me love this book even though Anne wasn't really in it. Her children and the other characters are just as interesting. I miss quick-tempered and wistful little Anne but these books mirror life. We all grow up and life goes on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dillon | 12/25/2013

    " This book isn't really about Anne, and that's something that bothered me a little when I first read it, but still, I found the stories interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/18/2013

    " I don't know what it is about these books that I love so much. Montgomery must be a great writer. I just love all the little stories and characters, especially the children. Maybe that's what I love so much; her understanding and depiction of children and their thought processes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maija | 10/25/2013

    " one of my faves of anne series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 10/2/2013

    " As lovely as any Anne book, Rainbow Valley centers around the Blythe children and their neighbors. Though I would have welcomed more of Anne herself, this book is so charming...Witness: "Adam was the dearest little chicken, Miss West. He was just a little golden ball." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 9/16/2013

    " I am always amazed at how close L.M. Montgomery was to childhood and its joys and sorrows. Another great story woven around both children and adults. The ending chapter is surprisingly somber though. I think she started having trouble with those happy endings after WWI. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celeste Ng | 9/8/2013

    " It's an Anne-book without Anne. Her kids are charming (I really wanted to be Nan, for some reason, when I was younger) but this is really for Anne-die-hards or those who MUST finish a series once they've begun it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 8/18/2013

    " Like Anne of Windy Poplars--full of amusing anecdotes, but not enough continuity to hold it together in one novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 8/1/2013

    " Anne of Green Gables with the flavor of The Story Girl. I enjoy Rainbow Valley even though Montgomery wrote in some impending doom since she wrote this book during/immediately after WWI. Sweet but not too sweet, although I can't be objective because the book is such an old friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayce | 7/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book in the series much more than I remembered or anticipated. It was fun to read about children again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 6/26/2013

    " What made this series good, was taken out of it. Anne was barely in it! I actually stopped reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 12/2/2012

    " This is my least favorite Anne book so far, because not only does it have very little to do with Anne, but little to do with her kids either. Cute and charismatic as the minister's kids are, I love my Anne and Anne off-spring. A fun read nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adeline | 11/29/2012

    " It was really hard to get into but once I was, I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 9/17/2012

    " It's the Anne of Green Gables series-what more can I say? These books are amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Asanuma | 9/2/2012

    " The end of this reminded me of the end of the old Hallmark Secret Garden, with its little foreboding but lovely ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. | 7/20/2012

    " Also a sweet book. Loved the Merediths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 5/5/2012

    " I've already read this before, and after the emotional roller-coaster I've experienced with my book choices lately, I need something comforting. This is my favorite book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/18/2012

    " Not so much about Anne, but still fun and interesting. I wish I'd read these back in the day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chandra | 1/18/2012

    " This book focuses almost entirely on the six Blythe children and their friendship with the unruly Meredith children. Very fun book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Traci Haley | 9/19/2011

    " This book was tedious to get through. Too many stories of Anne's kids, too few stories of Anne herself. At this point, it's only the sense of obligation that makes me want to continue the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaila | 8/21/2011

    " This one was better than the last few have been. I miss Anne and Gilbert, they're just parental figures in the background now. And of course every child for miles loves Anne, big surprise. "

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

    " A re-read. Anne becomes a secondary character to the older Blythe and Meredith children's lives. Still, really sweet and wonderful.
    "the brook gave Adam's ale of unsurpassed crystal" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deepti | 5/12/2011

    " Oh my god, so sad, and so grown up somehow. Very different, and a whole world away, from Anne's Avonlea. I cried so much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 5/5/2011

    " It's kind of sad to see Anne all grown up. But I absolutely love her children, and the Meredith children as well. Una is probably my favorite. "

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

    " Again a great "Anne" book but very little about Anne or even her children. This moves on to a new family in town. Still captivating but I miss Anne. I will definitely re-read the series in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rayell | 4/17/2011

    " Not my favorite just because you move away from Anne and on to her kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 4/1/2011

    " Awesome. "Comfort in a face" (Anne's)....facing fears....good story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nichole | 3/28/2011

    " As far as I could tell, this book was not about Anne, nor her children, but rather about her children's friends and the new-comers in the neighborhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamee | 3/22/2011

    " Again an awesome read! I want this world! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/18/2011

    " Like all the Anne books, this is great. Full of charming characters and the adorable Blythe children. Anne is not really a central figure in the book, but you still love her anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 2/24/2011

    " Quick little story. I really thought it was a fun and happy read, although Anne was nowhere to be found within it. The book is about her Minister and his children...Kind of funny that Montgomery would do that. I missed Anne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha | 2/24/2011

    " A fun continuation of the Anne books even if it is mostly about the neighbor children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 2/17/2011

    " i've yet to meet an l.m. montgomery book i don't love. i know they are not for everyone- maybe too sickly sweet- but they really bring me joy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/15/2011

    " Not my favorite of the series- not from Anne's point of view anymore. But still cute overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lia | 2/6/2011

    " Not my favorite of the Anne books, but still a thoroughly enjoyable read. The Meredith children are delightful! "

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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.