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Marilla Cuthbert and Matthew Cuthbert, middle-aged siblings who
live together at Green Gables, a farm in Avonlea, on Prince Edward
Island, decide to adopt a boy from an orphan asylum in Nova Scotia as a
helper on their farm. Through a series of mishaps, the person who ends
up under their roof is a precocious girl of eleven named Anne Shirley.
Anne is bright and quick, eager to please but dissatisfied with her
name, her pale countenance dotted with freckles, and with her long
braids of red hair. Being a child of imagination, however, Anne takes
much joy in life, and adapts quickly, thriving in the environment of
Prince Edward Island.

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December 15, 2016

Anne of Green Gables is a wonderful classic story and it gets 5 stars
Anne of Green Gables is a wonderful classic story and it gets 5 stars. This particular printing, however, is completely unacceptable. It's as if someone typed it into a document, and printed it off--no page numbers, not titled at the top of each page, the lines don't even break properly (see photo). Purchased as a gift, thankfully with enough time to purchase a better quality copy--probably for less money! A disgrace to the publishing community.

February 9, 2016

Bizarre Illustrations
The illustrations are actually random pictures that are creepy since they are in the beginning when Anne meets Mathew Cuthbert so they insinuate a romance between them. And the free audiobook is click bait to set you up to download an app and give your email address to spammers. Screen shots of the "illustrations" below.

April 4, 2016

I LOVED Anne of Green Gables as a child and own ...
I LOVED Anne of Green Gables as a child and own the complete hard copy of the Anne series. Initially, I was delighted to find this collection of books written by one of my all time favorite authors for only $0.99 (kindle price. What a steal!) and felt I had to get the digital copy for my kindle at once. As soon as the product was delivered to my device, I began to read it since it's been years since I've visited the darling world that L.M Montgomery created.

I was very surprised to find that I kept tripping on certain sentences; the writing didn't seem as smooth as I remembered. When I got to chapter 6, I decided to compare a sentence in the digital print to my old, yellowing physical copy of Anne of Green Gables book. I realized why I had some difficulty reading my new digital copy: THERE ARE TYPOS IN THIS PRODUCT.

It contains the WORST kinds of typos. There are typos in which it results in sentences that don't make sense. There are typos with the wrong pronouns in them that make it confusing for the reader to understand which character the publisher meant to write about. I am able to follow the story because I've read Anne of Green Gables more than once with my hard copy but for new readers, these typos will make this beautiful story difficult to read and at times, understand.

I hope the digital copy can be fixed so that owners can enjoy L.M. Montgomery's work as it was meant to be enjoyed. I have given this two stars instead of one because of the fabulous price for kindle readers.

January 5, 2017

Very poor print-on-demand edition
BUYER BEWARE! The version published by "CreateSpace" is slapdash print-on-demand garbage. I hoped an illustrated version would be good for a child, but I returned it on first inspection. Nowhere could I find evidence of thought or effort in layout to justify any price. Illustrations are small, extremely infrequent, and essentially worthless. Some shameless soul has simply taken LM Montgomery's text, which, as it is in the public domain, is freely available to anyone, and tried to make money selling it. Interested readers would be advised to download a free ebook or pay for a handsomer edition, such as the Puffin In Bloom version. We went with the Puffin in Bloom version and are much more satisfied.

December 21, 2016

Buy Another Edition, One Which Doesn't Profit a Thief
This is a great book, but buying this edition which Marco Pedulla purports to have translated constitutes buying stolen property.

The book was written in Englilsh, so Pedulla has translated nothing. What he has done has taken material free in the public domain and offered it on Amazon.

Amazon should NOT support theft.

December 7, 2016

Buy another version
This review is of the kindle version of Anne: The Green Gables Complete Collection and does not reflect on the L.M. Montgomery text. The Anne books have always been favorites of mine.
Buy the book, but get another edition!
First issue: Really random pics grabbed from some art history textbook do not qualify as illustrations. They are more distracting than I would have imagined. Why didn't they leave the totally unrelated images out?
Second issue: This is some new definition of complete that I am unacquainted with. This is Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea only. None of the later books are included.
False advertising. A text I am being pulled out of by unnecessary distractions. There have to be better options. I am going in search of one.

July 28, 2016

Beautifully written, timeless books. Includes "Windy Poplars" and "Ingleside"!
How glad I am that I grew up before "reading experts" decided that a young reader can enjoy only books which are "relevant" - in other words, books which act as a mirror to the child's own circumstances. I don't remember reading a single book when I was growing up that resembled my life as a 1950's kid growing up in a working class family in a suburb in a medium-sized Southern town with parents and siblings and pets. I was living that life. Why would I need or want to read about it?

To me, reading was (and is) escapism and no adult ever tried to tell me otherwise. I assume they thought that reading about other times and other cultures would add to my knowledge and sharpen my imagination. I read Nancy Drew and Tarzan and historical novels and romances and biographies and a copy of 1984 that I found in the attic. And I read and loved the "Anne" books.

The poignant story of an orphaned girl born fifty years before I arrived on earth was as real to me as my own life. The setting on a farming island community in Canada was quaint, but the themes and characters were familiar. Which is another way of saying that they were universal and timeless. The people in the Anne books dressed differently and talked differently, but I had no trouble recognizing and understanding their dreams and aspirations, their anger and pettiness, their generosity and jealousy.

My sisters and I read and loved and shared them and 60 years later we sometimes say, "Do you remember when Mrs. Lynde said....?" or "Doesn't that remind you of the time that Gilbert and Anne....?" We had no trouble at all "relating" to those books and I wish that the author knew how much enjoyment they gave us.

I can (and do) still read them and in some ways my enjoyment is deeper. Although the author was a relatively young woman when she wrote the earliest of the series, she had grown up with old relatives and was capable of painting them realistically and lovingly. The generations weren't segregated as they are today and children and old people were often close companions and allies. What a wonderful way of life.

When I first got my Kindle, I down-loaded a collection, but it lacked ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS and ANNE OF INGLESIDE, which are two of my favorites. I know now that the author wrote the first book of the series (ANNE OF GREEN GABLES) in 1908 and (following up on its popularity) continued with ANNE OF AVONLEA (the story of Anne's two years as a village "school ma'am") in 1909, ANNE OF THE ISLAND (the story of Anne's four college years) in 1915 and ANNE'S HOUSE OF DREAMS (the story of Anne's early years as a wife and mother) in 1917. Two books that dealt primarily with Anne and Gilbert's grown children (RAINBOW VALLEY and RILLA OF INGLESIDE) appeared in 1919 and 1921.

Then the author left the series for more than a decade. It wasn't until the 1930's that she went back and told the story of Anne's three years as a high school principal (ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS) and the story of her young family growing up (ANNE OF INGLESIDE.) Those two books are not yet in the public domain and I don't know why they are offered for free in this collection, but I'm glad to have all of the books together with a fine interactive chapter of contents.

I re-read WINDY POPLARS and I still think it's a delightful book. Times have changed, but there are still wealthy, influential families who think they are above the rules and children from poor families struggling to over-come huge obstacles. There are still teachers who pour their hearts into their jobs and resentful ones who wish they could be somewhere, anywhere, else. There are tragedies and frustrations and some people deal with them wisely and others foolishly. Lucy Maud Montgomery had her own problems in life, but her belief in the value of doing your best, cheerfully and generously, shines through her stories. Her observations are sharp and humorous, but never vicious or unkind. These books are not out-dated, but as relevant today as when they were written.

August 4, 2017

Missing Two Books from Series
Decent enough, however it is missing two books, Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside, though the listing does specifically state that they are included. One star for being completely misleading.

February 21, 2017

DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT if you are looking for a readable version of this beloved classic for your child (or even yourself). This reprint is published through CreateSpace, which is not a bad thing, but in this case the publisher simply typed in the story as massive blocks of text with very narrow margins, lines as close together as possible, and few paragraph breaks. I am an avid reader, and I normally do not worry about white space on a page, etc., but this book was typeset/formatted in such a way as to make it unpleasant for me and unreadable for my ten-year-old. She had enjoyed my aging and dilapidated copy of this book so much, that she wanted her own copy. The first thing she asked when she saw the book was, "What's wrong with the cover?" It was completely blurry and totally unprofessional. When she opened the book she said, "Mommy, I thought this was going to be like yours. I can't read all this." I found that particularly sad since she sometimes has doubts about her reading ability, and since she had already read this same book in a better format. She was so disappointed by this book. If only I had checked the publisher more carefully. Hopefully, this review will help save someone else some disappointment.

July 19, 2017

This is the edition you are looking for
I wouldn't begin to rate the story itself. It has stood the test of time and is still beloved.
This, however, is a beautiful edition. It is nicely bound, perfectly sized, and has a classic yet updated vintage look. If you are looking for a copy of Anne, pick this one.

July 28, 2019

Lovely Anne
I am reading it for the first time after watching the animation when I was an elementary schooler about 25 years ago. I loved the animation and I still remember its OST. Reading this book just reminded me why I liked Anne (and Diana) and I’m enjoying the different perspective now that I am much older. Anne’s imagination makes me smile.

The book itself— I ordered the green-ish colored hard cover. It is much smaller than some average books (see the image.) Texts are small as well, so I don’t read it at night as my eyes get tired. Wish it was larger.

December 3, 2019


November 25, 2019

Wonderful and witty!
Have started reading this, and within the first few pages knew I would love it! Very witty. Only warning about this particular version is that the printing is quite small and compact. If you have trouble reading small type, you would be better to find this in larger type.

November 23, 2019

Loved it.
Loved watching the series years ago. Reading the book now was just as good. I want to read the whole series.

November 17, 2019

Read this book in my youth. Loved it then and loved it so much again! Would recommend to all young girls and to older ones , too.

November 14, 2019

Anne never fails 💛
I love this sweet book. Always a comfort to read.

November 12, 2019

A classic
We read it in connection with a recent visit to the Green Gables house. Easy read about a young girl growing up. Well written and captivating.

November 4, 2019

Better than I remembered
The take offs turned me off. I felt they were redundant and boring. I had forgotten that the novel moves faster and is a wonderful transition from a young child to a beautiful and wise young woman

October 28, 2019

Totally incomprehensible!
Unfortunately it was impossible to read the book. Here is a brief extract:

And yet right here become Matthew Cuthbert at 1/2-beyond three on the afternoon of a hectic day , placidly driving over the hole and up the hill; morover, he wore a white collar and his nice fit of clothes, which became undeniable proof that he was going out of Avonlea; and he had the buggy and the sorrel mare, which betokened that he turned into going a considerable distance. Now, in which turned into Matthew Cuthbert going and why became he going there?

October 14, 2019

Check The Text!
The text was in some kind of garbled English--perhaps it had been translated into another language and then translated back to English. I did get resolution by calling Amazon; I was told to delete it from my Kindle and then reinstall it. However, I installed the complete Anne series by accident, and was charged $2.99 for it. I'm not sure if the cost of the first download will be credited to my account; it should be, since it was ridiculous.

October 10, 2019

Terrible Translation?
This particular version was terrible. It reads like someone translated it to some other language and then back to English. It was so bad that I couldn't figure out what was happening in the story. I thought I must have lost all that education I have because I can't figure out what's happening in a children's literature book! So I found a different version and it made perfect sense! Don't buy this version!

August 1, 2019

Did not care for the reader.
My kids and I really enjoy audio books in the car; however, the reader's voice grated on me. My kids couldn't get into it, so we stopped listening. Sad. It's a great book.

July 16, 2019

NOT THE ORIGINAL Anne of Green Gables!
I searched amazon for Anne of Green Gables audiobook. I saw this one listed, read the word "unabridged," and because I needed it in a hurry (taking my kids on a trip to PEI) I clicked the buy button.
I never noticed that this is a re-written, highly edited version of the original. Basically, it's been watered down for kids.

Ugh. I hated listening to it.

MAJOR plot points were either redacted completely, or altered.

July 16, 2019

MISSING BOOKS... Not a Complete Collection
The series is wonderful and I've really enjoyed reading these books... Not quite sure how I missed them as a child but I'm glad to have finally read them. However, my one star review is not for the books but for this Kindle edition. The Amazon description lists all of the books as being included but there are 2 books missing, Book 4 (Anne of Windy Poplars) and Book 6 (Anne of Ingleside). Completely unacceptable.

July 12, 2019

Not The Original Version
"Anne of Green Gables" may be one of my all time favorite pieces of literature. I have read this book and the rest of the series several times. After reading only the first couple of pages of the kindle version, I immediately returned it. It reads like someone google translated the text from a different language into English. For example, "But Matthew so rarely went from domestic that it need to be some thing urgent and unusual which turned into taking him; he become the shyest guy alive and hated to ought to go amongst strangers or to any area in which he may have to speak."

I'm almost positive that this is in violation of copyright laws. I am thankful Amazon allows returns, but this version shouldn't even be for sale.

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