I don’t tend toward gifs in my posts or reviews or whathaveyou, but about halfway through Anne’s House of Dreams (the Librivox audio edition) I realized the best way to describe my reaction to listening to this series is this way:
Me, listening to Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island:
Me, listening to Anne’s House of Dreams:
Except I only sometimes wish I was Zooey Deschanel.
I usually say Windy Poplars is my favorite Anne book; not this time around. Not just because it took me forever to find an audio edition (or because when I did find one the reader insisted on pronouncing Avonlea “A-von-LEE-ah”; I was whimpering softly by the end), but because I realized that so many of my favorite incidents come from this book. Two words: Persis Leigh. I love the story of Persis Leigh. I love the name Persis Leigh.
And Captain Jim. I love Captain Jim so very much.
This is a sweet book, in every best sense of the word, because here are Anne and Gilbert, both having reached a wonderful place: they have each other, and they have a future. They have hold of the very beginning of the rest of their lives, and it begins to spool out in this book. They’re getting to know each other as spouses, and as adults, and – especially since the rest of the books in the series shift most of the focus to the children – it’s good.
And, of course, the Librivox audio is read by Karen Savage, who is extraordinary.
Crossing the Bar
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
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- Typography: Anne of the Island 1 (sychela.wordpress.com)
- Reading Lucy Maud, Part 1 (alivingpencil.com)
What timing! I went to PEI this summer to do an Anne of Green Gables/L.M. Montgomery pilgrimage. I was always more of an Emily of New Moon fan, but this year I’ve decided to read through all the Anne books as I had only read the first one as a child. What a delight! I’m currently reading Anne of Ingleside, which of course is more about her children. Having visited her grandfather’s farmhouse at Park Corner, which is the inspiration for Ingleside, I have a whole new appreciation for the time and setting of Maud’s novels. Thank you so very much for posting your favourites! Reading this made my day!
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
~ Lucy Maud Montgomery
And thanks for the mentioning audiobooks and VibriVox. I’m downloading Anne’s House of Dreams as I write this. I’m going to listen to Maud’s books this way and get some knitting done at the same time. Double thanks!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! You made *my* day. I can’t wait to get to PEI … someday…
Hi :) I’ve been trying to find the Anne of Windy Poplars audio version. Do you have a link to it? I listen to them while at work. I’ve read all the books years ago, but thought it’s time, once again. :)
I love your post :)
Hope you do get here one day.
Denise of Ingleside
Hi, and thank you! I will absolutely get there … someday… eventually….
I don’t know why Windy Poplars is so hard to find, but I think this is where I finally tracked it down: http://eolake.blogspot.com/2011/06/epubreader-for-firefox.html – – but I don’t know if the links still work. And I think I was dumb enough to delete my copy… Maybe a library?
Loved this post! Have you heard of any other recording for rainbow valley besides the librovox one by Robin Cotter?…she reads so slowly I think it’s going to put me to sleep.
There’s one listed on Amazon/Audible narrated by Barbara Caruso – http://www.amazon.com/Rainbow-Valley/dp/B000H9HPQG/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1413994729 – I’m at work, so I can’t listen to the sample, but hopefully she’s a little speedier!