Anne and Gilbert Blythe are married and have six mischievous children. Always seeking out new adventures and trying to help others, they're a rambunctious lot.
With a charming narration from Barbara Caruso, Rainbow Valley is a playful and enjoyable listening experience.
Where does Rainbow Valley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Rainbow Valley is a favorite. I used to get the audio book from the library all the time, so I decided to download it on audible so that I'd always have it. In my opinion, it's one of the most underrated books in the series.
What did you like best about this story?
L.M. Montgomery never fails to create lovable characters and paint vivid pictures in the mind of the reader. I love the dynamic of the Manse kids, the mischief of Mary Vance, and the romance at the end.
What does Barbara Caruso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Being read to is highly underrated. Caruso's voice is the kind that can remind you of being read to as a child by a teacher, parent, grandparent, etc. Her voice is homey.
Although, if I were to give one criticism, it is odd to hear an older woman voice so many children.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any moment between the Manse children and their father
Any additional comments?
If you're looking for a story all about Anne, Gilbert, and their children and will not be satisfied with anything else, this story will not appeal to you. The story centers primarily around the family of the preacher in Anne's town. Her family is in the story as well, especially her and her housekeeper Susan, but if I were to guess, I'd say that L.M. Montgomery wanted to create an all-new story and set of characters and place them in a familiar world. This is not really a continuation of Anne's story so much as a lot of fun stories about the hi-jinks of some rowdy, well-meaning children.
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The story reminded me so much of Anne of Green Gables (book 1). Also, Barbara Carusso (the narrator) is fantastic!
Expressive narrator made for a great story. This story is less focussed on Anne's family and more about new characters introduced by Montgomery.
If you are a fan of the Anne of Avonlea series, L.M. Montgomery or both ... you'll LOVE this audio book! The lady who reads it does an excellent job on the voices. You'll laugh and cry and not be able to to put it down! Highly recommend!!!! My new favorite!!!
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Young children who are not attached to the core "Anne" characters
What could L.M. Montgomery have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Made this story a cohesive part of the series
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Caruso?
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