I have been listening to this book on Audiobooks for over a month now, just when I felt like a bit of Anne. And I finally finished it yesterday on the drive back to uni. With the last book, Anne of Green Gables I found it to be too similar to the movie (or the movie too similar to the book) so there was nothing new, but this one, this one was all new!
I really liked the teacher aspect of this book. At the start, Anne gets her first job teaching, so I found it really interesting to see what she thought on her first day. Pretty much everything she goes through and feels on her first day, I felt and went through on my first days of my pracs, so I thought that was very interesting to see. Especially given the time difference, and how differently things are done.
I found that this book was very relevant to today’s world, even though it was written over 100 years ago. And I think that is why this book is so popular, or was so popular. Because no matter when you’re reading it, you can almost always relate to it. Anne is just such a real character, she has real struggles and it’s just very believable.
In the first book, my main issue was that Anne spoke way too much, and I’m glad to say that this was not the case for Anne of Avonlea. She’s obviously run out of things to say because she did not speak anywhere near as much as in the first book!
In this book, Marilla and Anne adopt two kids (Davie and some other girl whose name starts with D). Obviously this was the part where I fell asleep listening to it because this random Davie kid kept getting mentioned and I had no idea who he was! Eventually I figured it out, and I grew to really love Davie. He is a real brat of a kid, but he is trying to be better and he’s just so cute. He’s such an innocent boys and some of the things he would say would honestly make me laugh out loud. I don’t know much about the other girl, I don’t know if I missed it falling asleep or she just wasn’t really mentioned but you don’t learn much about her.
Sometimes with these books, I feel like there’s no actual plot. It feels like it’s a series of events that are taking place that sometimes make sense, but at other times they don’t. But at the same time, I really like this because it makes it that much more realistic. Overall I thought this was a really good sequel to Anne of Green Gables. I am really looking forward to listening to the next one. Although, I am hoping it has a bit more of Gilbert because this one was severely lacking.
On the audiobook: I thought it was a good audiobook, however I didn’t like the ladies voice. For Anne of Green Gables the reader’s voice was spot on for Anne, but this one was slightly off and it irritated me when I was listening to it.
Book: 8/10 (Rating Scale)
Audiobook: Read by Karen Savage
Acquired from: Audiobooks; Download for Android Download for Apple
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