Audiobook Blog Tour | “Anne of the Island” by L.M. Montgomery (narrated by Colleen Winton) published by Post Hypnotic Press!

Posted Friday, 18 August, 2017 by jorielov , , , 3 Comments

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Acquired Digital Audiobook by: I am a new blog tour hostess with Audiobookworm Promotions wherein I have the opportunity to receive audiobooks for review or adoption (reviews outside of organised blog tours) and host guest features on behalf of authors and narrators alike. When I saw the blog tour for ‘Anne of Green Gables’ I was wicked excited – as I have been wanting to re-read the series for a bit over a year and a half when I first saw a collection of the paperbacks at a thrift store! Mum surprised me with them but for the life of me, I never felt it was the ‘right time’ to read Anne. Seeing the blog tour was featuring the narrations by Post Hypnotic Press – the same publisher of the Betty MacDonald memoirs, I knew I wanted to take part as I love their quality and dedication to how audiobooks are produced!

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of “Anne of the Island” via the publisher Post Hypnotic Press (of whom was working directly Audiobookworm Promotions) in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

Where we left Anne:

The storm had just passed – the hail storm to end all hail storms – where all the fields and flowers were cut down by the fierceness of the tempest which had destroyed all the lovely crops Avonlea could have yielded. Never one to give up the community of Avonlea pulled together – re-planting and hoping for a harvest, even if it would come in a bit later than normal.

An unexpected stranger arrived much to the shock of Anne – who had helped spread a silly rumour – where her neighbour was meant to marry; only the egg was spoilt on Anne, as he was already wed! The stranger turnt out to be his wife – which was quite comical as Anne never would have suspected the quirky eccentric man could be married but then, she never gave him proper time to explain himself!

I loved how Mr Harrison & Anne took a private conversation – where he lent her the story of his marriage and even offered a rather kind observation in regards to how Anne’s facial expressions lent themselves a portal of insight into the young woman’s emotional state which bartered the observer to understand the lay of her thoughts before she ever spoke a word aloud!

Ms Lavender’s story-line is pulled together and has such a lovely conclusion – you simply feel a contended sigh and find an erstwhile smile gracing your lips. She had such a romantic life – not just in seeing the positive and the beauty surrounding her small cottage hugged into the foils of nature but how she kept a cheerfulness about herself even when self-doubts tried to supersede her own internal wisdom.

Charlotta the 4th had a true blue admiration of Anne – to where she tried to emulate her and become more of her liking even though she sadly realised she had to be her own person – even if she drew true courage and inspiration from Anne. Diana became engaged much to the shocked surprise of Anne – of whom regretted she hadn’t noticed the change in her friend sooner than she had.

Between my listenings of books two and three of this series, I sought out the latest adaptation: “Anne with an E”

I must freely admit, after listening to the first two stories in this lovely series – a series which is anchoured lovingly between my childhood and adult years of appreciation – I craved more of Avonlea and of Anne! I wasn’t entirely sure if I should dare to watch Anne with an E – as a trusted friend mentioned to me recently about how the series is set a bit darker in shade than previous adaptations, but where one ponders the willingness of our mind to accept new variants of our beloved Classics, one must endeavour to ‘try’ the newness of an adaptation even if we recoil from what we find therein.

Happily, I must confess – I was quite chuffed by what I found rather than any thoughts of the contrary by which I had first felt would be my truer hesitation to find myself able to enjoy this new NetFlix series! As I had mentioned previously – I hadn’t quite realised how hard life was for Anne and seeing this new adaptation put truth and purpose into highlighting those moments of Anne’s life as they thread back into her mind’s eye as she tries to give Green Gables a chance at being the ‘home’ she never knew – I found myself enraptured. I truly appreciated the grit of those flashbacks as they were quite penned by Ms Montgomery herself – even though she held back the curtain on their truths just a smidge whereas this adaptation pulls the curtain aside and gives you a glimmer of knowledge of how hard Anne’s life truly was in all honesty.

I only watched two episodes – but already, I could sense, this was a new Avonlea and a new insight into Anne I would appreciate – as my memories of Anne have moved in and round my listenings of her story this August, so too, I saw has my heart grown to accept there is room enough for this new variant to find a niche of a place to reside in my spirit, as the first adaptation was fitting for a young girl and this new one, is an equal match for an adult who is re-visiting her youth and finding a new breath of joy in keeping in step with Anne!

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Audiobook Blog Tour | “Anne of the Island” by L.M. Montgomery (narrated by Colleen Winton) published by Post Hypnotic Press!Anne of of the Island

Anne of the Island was published in 1915, seven years after the best-selling Anne of Green Gables, partly because of the continuing clamor for more Anne from her fans - a fan base that continues to grow today!

In this continuation of the story of Anne Shirley, Anne leaves Green Gables and her work as a teacher in Avonlea to pursue her original dream (which she gave up in Anne of Green Gables) of taking further education at Redmond College in Nova Scotia. Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane enroll as well, as does Anne's friend from Queen's Academy, Priscilla Grant.

During her first week of school, Anne befriends Philippa Gordon, a beautiful girl whose frivolous ways charm her. Philippa (Phil for short) also happens to be from Anne's birthplace of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia. Anne, always the good scholar, studies hard, but she also has many life lessons. This book sees Anne leave behind girlhood to blossom into a mature young woman.

Places to find the book:

ISBN: 978-1-927817-12-4

on 2014

Length: 8 Hours, 15 Minutes (Unabridged)

Published By: Post Hypnotic Press (@Post_Hypnotic)

The Anne of Green Gables series by Post Hypnotic Press:

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery, narrated by Colleen Winton produced by Post Hypnotic Press.Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery, narrated by Colleen Winton produced by Post Hypnotic Press.Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery, narrated by Colleen Winton produced by Post Hypnotic Press.

The publisher is considering adapting the rest of the series and is looking for feedback on behalf of these adaptations by both the bloggers who are listening to them for the blog tour and the readers who are finding them along the tour route itself – to gauge if the rest of the series would have a readership who would appreciate hearing them. I, for one, am hoping they do produce the rest of the series as these adaptions are great addition for all of us who grew up knowing Anne.

Likewise, if you haven’t yet seen the publisher’s announcement about how their offering a coupon this month on their audiobook catalogue, I encourage you to visit my review of Anne of Green Gables (linked below this review) where I first found out this lovely news myself!

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my review of Anne of the island:

Anne and Diana are eighteen now – one is off to University and one is about to embark into marriage (or at least is drawing closer to the day arriving than she had been previously). It feels so strange hearing Anne chatter about ‘how childhood felt fleeting as it was so very long ago’ when for those of us listening to her story, it was mere moments ago rather than years. The two kindred spirits are on the precipice of a new emerging chapter of their young lives – even if the joys yet to be discovered are not nearly enough to pass the sombering truth of how their paths are about to diverge; no longer joined at the hip and within a stone’s throw of each other.

As Anne muses about her new life at University whilst engaged in conversation with Gilbert Blythe – she fancies having a mutual chum (Priscilla) from their younger years at the Avonlea school might tow a calming layer of cosiness where the newness of the city and the inescapable self-doubts Anne breathed inside her brow whilst on the hinges of exiting her childhood home of Green Gables. She was not sure having a friend could temper her anxiety long enough to give her a chance to embrace what this new chapter shall bring into her life but she was willing to allow this to anchour her in believing it could.

Before parting Green Gables, Anne has one final heartfelt conversation with Davy – whose matured two years into his eighth year where he still hasn’t learnt the finesse of tact but what charms her heart about him is his tenacious personality to understand ‘everything’ of what curiously perplexed him even if his questions were not easy to find answers too – Anne made the attempt to supply the information he sought. He was a seeker – one who was not easily satisfied by simplicity of thought but what endeared him to those of whom he choose to trust and give back his love for those of whom entrusted him with their own unconditional love was the joys of reckless innocence!

As Anne and Gilbert say their farewells to their lives in Avonlea – they re-visit what pulled them apart and kept them apart – despite the growing affection for Anne in Gilbert’s heart and Anne’s own internal war with sorting through her growing inclination to admit Gilbert has grown into a handsome young man. Gilbert decided to resolve to stay the course – to keep patient rather than turn spiteful whereas Anne was unsure of herself, both in the ways of her heart and of her thoughts regarding her exit from the only home she’d ever known where she was protected and lifted by true love and affection.

When Anne first arrives, Priscilla is there to lend the arm and shoulder to help Anne settle into their boarding house. Hannah and Aida Harvey (twins) run the boarding house where Anne will reside whilst she’s studying (at least at first) and rooming alongside Priscilla. Her mood, of course, is beyond somber with a heart heavy with the anguish of letting go of Green Gables with a resolute hope of finding simple joys in being someplace new and hopefully willing to find her feet in the new atmosphere of this city which is now her ‘home’. Such a curious declaration, you could sense Anne felt as Priscilla mentioned it as to her, as if only Avonlea and Green Gables (with Marilla and Matthew’s ghosted presence) were her most cherished ‘place’ to affectionately name ‘home’.

As Priscilla & Anne start to make new friends – they find an unexpected soul-sister in Phil (Phillipa) who is lacking in self-esteem but not in bubbliness! She’s a right smart girl but one whose much more frankly honest than the Avonlea sisters’ she’s felt properly akin to befriending! She’d rather be blunt & share her opinions which at the time (they were living) were quite outside the scope of ordinary conversations – she felt more like a Flapper than an early Nineteen Hundred gal! She was a bit more freeing with her personality and her morals than the rest of her peerage! Though only ‘just’ as she wasn’t a true Flapper in regards to vices! Though her heart would be a bit flim-flam flopping between beloveds until true love would smitten and pierce her soul!

The cemetery at the centre of the port city became not only a meeting place for Anne’s new circle of friends but of a place where she could clear her thoughts & re-stablise her being. The natural world had a renewing quality for her – something she took great pains of keeping in her life ever since she first felt attached to flowers & trees as a young girl who did not have a lot of happiness until Marilla & Matthew adopted her into their home. I even loved how Ms Montgomery pulled back the layers of time and let Anne tell the unheard story of a buried man who lived so many moons removed from Anne’s years but with a fervent strength of mind which could be brought back out of the ether’s of time’s memory.

The letters (throughout these University years) sent to Anne from Avonlea warmed my heart as this is exactly what it is like when children take flight from close-knit families & communities – you get to experience the ‘stories’ from home through letters & parcels sent to you whilst your away at University sorting out who you wanted to become & seeing a bit of the world a firm step away from where family & neighbours offer a protective shield from the goings-on in the world. Listening in on these letters was like being a proper fly on the wall, seeing how Mrs Rachel Lynde loved giving a rile of giggles to Anne – despite her intention of writing a ‘serious letter’ but it was how she charmed herself as she wrote it to give more levity than seriousness which made me smile into a laugh as I listened!

Gilbert & Anne talking about the lessons of life where happiness yields to sorrow and where adversity strikes unexpectedly to give equality between the scales of where life seeks to upturnt us if but on a whim of change whose strength of purpose affects us so very deeply can set the pace for how maturity and growth in years outside of childhood can start to take their toll. Theirs is a complicated relationship – as both are dearly attached to one another, but only one has found his heart hinged to Anne whereas the latter has not yet resolved how her thoughts on love are finalised.

The apples Gilbert & Anne shared before leaving for Redmond came back to mind seeing them here at University struggling how they fit together and if they could fit together in this new environment. When they had taken wayward as the winds had drifted them into a special spot of folly where an apple tree grew outside any orchard, you could see how the foundation of their future relationship had sprouted seeds of hope for a yield of a mature romance. If only Anne could stop forestalling her feelings for Gilbert; to find the truth of her heart even if it conflicted with how she felt she ought to feel because love is truly blind and can take some off-guard in the best of circumstances. Gilbert might be her one true love but for Anne, it would be a hard lesson of self-truth to recognise this in herself even if others round her see the truth in the pudding (such as Mrs Rachel Lynde and Marilla).

Anne’s remembrances of Green Gables was something I could relate to myself whenever I had tried (and failed) to express why I loved my family as much as I did and the places where I resided which felt as comfortable to return as a beloved sweater which felt so soft & comfortable against one’s skin. The reason I oft felt I had failed as much as Anne is because those without these close connections inside the heart-prints of their lives, it’s hard to express and explain what ‘pulls you back’ and refuells your spirit – except to say, Ms Montgomery does well to express all of these lovely layers and in Anne finds the words which truly encompass the longings of ‘home’.

Gilbert proves to be the lad in Anne’s corner even if he secreted away his truer feelings – not all his attentions when unnoticed. She had already been clued into how boyish charms & affections could become more serious as she had already been proposed to by another and therefore, her head was tuned into how she was starting to blossom into the woman she never dared dream she’d be all those long years ago – she had to admit, part of growing up was acknowledging the awkwardness of sorting through the unwanted attentions of suitors she did not return favours of.

Anne’s passion for ‘Patty’s Place’ was spun out of the innocence of feeling attached to a ‘place’ before one can ‘belong’ to it – a sense of wonderment over the possibilities and of course, with just enough of a healthy hesitation to warrant a murmur of quickening anxiety if one is meant to reside where one’s heart feels pulled to put down roots. What was so very interesting is how humble Ms Patty was about her residence – as she wanted to find someone to keep house who appreciated her humble abode as much as she did herself – this she found complimented in Anne. As Anne was speaking about why she loved the house – I saw bits and bobbles of myself in her reflections – as I too, love older homes & the quaintness of how you can outfit them with items from yesterday.

Home on holiday provided it’s own trials – for Anne never thought one of her school girl friends would be on the brink of death. Nor did she feel all of Avonlea would draw a disapproving eye her way upon seeing her return just as she had left; a bit more educated but none worse for the wear. This was truly the story of the series where all was quite bleak and sombering – where death not only knocked once nor four times but felt as oppressively shrouding Anne in a bereft state until time and tide would ebb back out lighter days where death receded backwards out of sight once more.

Anne attempts to become a writer – seeking to be published and of gaining a growing confidence of how she can spin words into stories. Meanwhile, Davy & Dora break the Sabbath – as Davy finds Mrs Rachel Lynde abdominal to his personal spirit for living. Ruby’s ending days struggle against the optimism of her soul – of how Anne dearly wanted to help her schoolhood friend if only she knew what her friend needed most rather than what she could give her instead. Anne’s perception of Heaven is so beautiful and encompassing – it is one of the most impressive passages I’ve heard thus far into the series – especially how Anne bared her own soul in hopes it would give courage and strength to Ruby who was dearly afraid of crossing through the Light and into the next life.

Diana’s spontaneous choice to submit Anne’s story to a contest proved to be the best moment of sisterhood friendship there ever was in a story where the earnest desire of a friend to button up the hopes of one’s dreams were dashed against the shock of the receiptant who didn’t quite find her dreams matched well with the intended gift given to her by the friend who didn’t quite understand her writerly path.

The cat who claims Anne gave me a lot of joy to listen too as it speaks to how we all live with our cats but it is never the cat who lives with us on our terms! This could no more be true than of the personalities and quirkiness of the cats whom claim Patty’s Place! They were the little surges of joy against the growing tides of Anne finding her heart and days filled with more growth than any girl could have hoped to have gained during four short years at University. This becomes a bit of a mainstay of Anne’s time at Patty’s Place – where she starts to seek out conversations which lend themselves to the truths of being an adult and where once you extract yourself from childhood, it doesn’t do well to truly give up all your childhood wonders for the realism of your present situations.

Self-preservance, family and faith permeate inside this installment in the series – where all of life is not sundry and easy to tread nor to approach even if a blind curve is seen before it’s approached. There is a humbling passage about how the seasons are filled with different flowers and for each new flower visited, there is an equal measure of how life affects us by it’s curated lessons and memories. Extending out of this reprose was the sight of young Paul finding himself back at his step-mother’s cottage (Ms Lavender) and being unable to hear the joys of his own childhood ringing back to him as they once had. For Paul, his childhood wonders were exchanged for the realism of life. Something which gave him a bit of anguish which only Anne could reconcile for she understood this great pain all too well herself.

Phillipa’s great love affair surprised Anne – as this was the one person close to Anne I think she felt would never fully grasp the fullness of love – to yield to it and to give it time to develop. In many regards, Phillip and Anne are similar – neither of them were feeling equal to love nor fully in want of it’s presence in their lives. They each had such particular insight into what they hoped to find out of love but they were never truly as honest with each other of what held them back from embracing it’s affection. As we listen to Phillipa’s letter, we start to see the layers of Phillipa’s personality she held at great length for us to avoid seeing and in so doing, we start to understand a few of Anne’s hidden layers, too.

Anne’s devastation of realising her heart does not belong to those who are wooed by her presence and the love she exhumes without realising how reserved her own love is to be given to someone she isn’t yet sure she has found to trust is worth the love she can give is how this story rounds itself to it’s concluding chapters. Wherein, you feel for her truly – as right when the hour is right for Anne to find love is fluttering it’s glory into her soul and given wings to her heart to trust it’s instincts to attach itself to the one person of whom she trust above all others – she finds herself reproached by the sage of millennia – for when one hesitates in love, everything can become lost.

on l.m. Montgomery’s life lessons:

When we first met young Anne in Anne of Green Gables, we found a young ambitiously lovely young girl fully embraced by the innocence of youth but with a mainstay of realistic impressions given to her by the darker undershades of how some of this world are not entirely as kind and good; wherein Anne learnt the harsher realities a bit too young. Her years at Green Gables were a burst of joy for her soul as she was at the very first time in her young life finding she was only meant to fill one role: to be a daughter and to grow inside her remaining childhood years as much as she was ever meant to be without the added worriments of working for her keep.

As we shift into Anne of Avonlea, the young girl has grown into a nearly mature young woman of eighteen on the brink of womanhood being exchanged for the girlhood pleasures of being swept up in and out of her imagination. Anne in these years was starting to place her foot forward inside her small community, drawing together those of whom she knew through school and making a proper impression on Avonlea as someone who liked to contribute to the place she lovingly has called home.

Through the trials and adversities coming to a woman at University and the pains of returning home to find certain things have remained unchanged except for the few things which cannot help but to change in one’s absence – Anne became a bolster of spirited friendship and garnished more of a rounding of maturing philosophy except in matters of heart and love. Anne was always blossoming a bit behind her peers, but in matters of her heart – here she did not lend out herself too freely – for she was far more reserved than she realised. She couldn’t quite peer out of her eyes too far afield to see a future where she was settled and married; she did not wish to settle and she didn’t not mean to break hearts along the way – however, as she was finding it had to set her mind to how she truly felt about any person who had crossed paths towards seeking her heart’s desire – it was here, where Anne struggled the most to push through towards the tomorrows of her future.

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specifically in regards to the audiobook:

As I am relatively new to reviewing audiobooks and listening to them with a greater frequency than of the past, I am appreciative of Ms Jess providing a cursory outline of how best to articulate my listening hours on behalf of this audiobook and the others I shall be blogging about or reviewing in future. I’ve modified the suggestions to what I felt were pertinent to respond too on my own behalf as well as keeping to the questions I felt were relevant to share.

About Colleen Winton

Colleen Winton

Colleen is a Vancouver actor, singer, dancer, director and choreographer...and now a narrator. Her career has taken her all over the country and includes the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown Festivals, the original Canadian companies of CATS and Show Boat, extensive film/TV credits, and numerous directing/choreographing credits. Her stage work has been honoured with numerous nominations and a Jessie and Ovation award and she received a cultural award given by her local Chamber of Commerce. She was especially pleased to have recorded the works of L.M. Montgomery for Post Hypnotic Press just before she embarked on a production of the musical Anne of Green Gables at Theatre Calgary in which she plays Marilla Cuthbert.

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Listening Habit:

I continued to carry onwards inside all the colouring books I’ve thus mentioned as being the ones which encouraged my art and happily gave my mind something to focus on whilst I listened to Anne’s story. Interestingly enough, I have coloured enough pages now to fully speak on behalf of these beauties which I received from Hachette Books! Including a rather delightful new colouring book which arrived to me ahead of my time with Anne of the Island – where I can attest, I am finding Here’s Some Happy by Gina Graham to be full of whimsical images and layouts which are so very befitting to Anne’s joyful spirit as the colours which I found swirling into their patterns to give new life to my artsy side of life! More on this colouring journal a bit lateron on once August concludes into September!

Number of Times I’ve heard the Narrator(s):

This my third time listening to Ms Winton bring Anne’s world to life and I am finally myself so attached to her vision of Avonlea – I daresay, I cannot find it in my heart to seek out another narrator! No, dear hearts, she truly is the woman who was meant to give life to Anne and her Avonlea community – no other voice will feel as comforting as hers nor should I dare think, could give us the depth of what Ms Winton has given to Anne!

Regards to the Narrator’s Individual Character performances:

Priscilla: I loved how light-hearted she was and how her personality sparkled alongside Anne’s. She was such a lovely change from Diana – as the two girls were of different backgrounds and sensibilities. I felt she was a wicked good friend for Anne at University – she grounded Anne somehow but also reminded her of all the goodness in life.

Phillipa: Is definitely the character I felt most attached too whilst listening to Anne studying at University and starting to discovery who Anne as an adult was becoming – as this was more of a transitional period for Anne moreso than the last story – as Anne was freer in this story to pursue herself and her inclinations without the needs and wants of homelife to circumvent her discoveries. In this friendship, we see how Anne has emerged like a butterfly to truly embrace everything she was a child and become an adult who sees hearts and souls with open acceptance. Her friendship with Phillipa is one which endeared me to see how two opposite spirits can find not only common ground but kindred sisterhood.

Aunt Jamesina: Alas! All stories need an Auntie like this one to reside in their undercurrents! She had such a kind presence of soft insight and of lightness of spirit – you could not help but embrace her as she guided the girls through their University years with a presence of mind but moreso than that, she filled in the gaps they were seeking between home life and independence.

The twins of Patty’s Place: I was so very charmed by the twins – and especially of Ms Patty herself – as if you listen quite closely you realise something about her parentage and ancestry your not expecting – her humbling way of disarming you is her true gift but it’s her genosity of spirit which I felt would endure her for many years to come! How lovely to find someone at seventy who is as full of life and love as someone who is forty!

Mrs Skinner: Honestly – this is such a fully realised character who entered the story-line so very late in the hour, it was a pleasant surprise!

How the Novel sounded to me as it was being Read: (theatrical or narrative)

I shall always feel these were set to stage rather than to voice narration – they are so full of depth and scope – you can honestly see the action of the scenes and dialogue sequences flutter to life in your own mind as you listen to the words being read!

Regards to Articulation & Performance of different sections of the novel:

There were only a few wrinkles of ‘hmm’ I had with this recording – I believe I noticed a few of these on the previous one as well – those moments where the voice of Ms Winton felt ‘out of step’ with her narration – where her voice was more strongly heard or where it could have been a splice of an update pushed into the foreground of where the narration had been needing an edit? They were very nominal – and if I hadn’t been colouring and listening so very intentionally, I might have overlooked these ‘small hitches of voice changes’ completely. It was not enough to draw me out – it was just something I off-handed noticed and of which made me smile. Call it a quirk – but I do find certain things to give me a smile if I notice them.

Preference after listening to re-Listen or pick up the book in Print?

Ahh… dear hearts, it is hard to know – I still believe I shall re-read the books themselves perhaps by themselves and then with an overlay of Ms Winton’s recordings — or perhaps, both together and without the separateness – I’m so betwixt to know what I shall do – as I feel so very attached to how Ms Winton portrayed Anne and her circle of friends, family and the Avonlea community – it’s hard to dissemble her out of my future readings! Time shall let me know which way I shall re-enter this lovely series!

In closing, would I seek out another (narrator) audiobook?

I am so spoilt on this adaptation of the Green Gables series, I am waiting on wings of expectation to see how the rest of the series will round out through new recordings by Ms Winton as I fear, no other narrator will give me as much joy to reside alongside Anne than with the hours I’ve spent with Ms Winton!

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 This blog tour is courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions:

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Whilst participating on:

Anne of Green Gables audiobook tour via Audiobookworm PromotionsMy Reviews are forthcoming on:

5th August | Anne of Green Gables (see also Review)

13th August | Anne of Avonlea (see also Review)

17th August | Interview w/ Post Hypnotic Press (see also Interview)

18th August | Anne of the Island

Although, fully intending to post this by 10am – all I can say in my defense is the lightning storms of late have wrecked my mood with more than a few technical glitches! This included a skipping of chapters for this audiobook – which how they could become lost in a computer is unknown to me, but lightning storms play a lot of havoc on my technologic gadgets and it was not entirely outside the scope of reality for me to find turning everything back on again had it’s own share of quirks! I also had a few tech issues with my blog which hopefully are starting to be full resolved now – all told – it simply took me a bit of over-time to tweak and polish this review to be ready for your eyes!

+ Two of my bookish friends are also taking part in this audio tour:

Maggie @ Macarons & Paperbacks | Read her Review

Anne of Green Gables @ The Lit Bitch <— this is being featured off-tour! #sohappy

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3 responses to “Audiobook Blog Tour | “Anne of the Island” by L.M. Montgomery (narrated by Colleen Winton) published by Post Hypnotic Press!

  1. A beautiful review. I have wondered off to listen to something else but these are on my list. I love the idea of colouring while you listen to an audio book. I have to try that. I have tons of colouring books and a few connect the dots books that need to be attacked when I find the time. What a better use for my audio book time?

    • Hallo, Hallo Melissa Ann!

      I regret August slipped through my fingers – wrecked by lightning storms which seemed to have such a high frequency of appearance, all the hours I had left to give to my blog and to visiting bloggers were wicked out of sight! Hence why a lot of what I had planned to do last month fell by the wayside. I even lost track of our visits to each other for the Comment Challenge, however, I’m hopeful Alicia has contacted you as I sent her a note to pass along to you the other day, alerting you I would be resuming my visits to your blog this week.

      Thank you for your compliments about my review of ‘Anne of the Island’ – as I truly enjoyed my time in Avonlea – part of me was hinged to the past, where I first met Anne and part of me, was fully present now as I re-met her as an adult. Throughout my listenings of the audiobooks, I had this dual sense of understanding of Anne, Marilla and all of the Avonlea characters I love as much as I do. It was quite the treat to be able to ‘go back and come forward’ seeing what might have changed (such as how I first identified more with Marilla than Anne in ‘Green Gables’) whilst finding the narrator Ms Winton to be the quintessential voice of whom I daresay will forever remain ‘my choice’ for giving such breadth of life to Avonlea.

      I hope you’ve tried colouring whilst listening to audiobooks – it’s truly a keen experience, as it allows you to find both relaxation and literary joy. I look forward to seeing if you blog about your audiobook adventures whilst colouring!

      • I have not yet tried colouring while listening, the book I am listening to at the moment is quite a disturbing one and I find that I need to be up and moving around while I am listening to it or I sink too into in and then I have nightmares. I have never had more trouble listening to something that is so short. LOL! I look forward to colouring with the next one though, I have a Doctor Who colouring book that my other half gave me a birthday or two ago that is begging to be started.

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