I have loved L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series for many decades, since I was a young girl of twelve. In Anne Shirley, I recognized a true kindred spirit and have re-read the stories over the years, as well as watched the film adaptations by Sullivan Films. Reading the books is a bit like coming home - that sense of something warm, welcoming, and familiar among dear friends and family.
In the third installment, Anne Shirley is an eighteen-year-old and is off to Redmond College with some of her Avonlea classmates such as Gilbert Blythe. This novel is full of angst and romance as Anne must make some important decisions amidst enjoying the rigors of academic life and a busy social life. Will Anne be true to herself and make the right decision concerning her personal happiness? It is a well-plotted story that will engage readers and listeners' attention alike.
I enjoyed listening to the playaway of this story. I have enjoyed several playaways (thanks to my well-stocked public library) which are basically all-in-one audiobooks. All one needs is a triple A battery and one is set to go. At our local library, patrons are expected to supply their own batteries and headphones (the latter because of hygiene concerns). They are really small and inconspicuous so that it makes it convenient to slip into a backpack, or bring it along on car trips. Although it is an all-in-one audiobook, the playaway can also be heard via a CD player with the use of an adapter.
The operation of the playaway is simple - one just plugs in earphones, speakers, or a car adapter into the provided jack; press the POWER button, then press the play button, and listen! There is a keypad which allows the listener to do one of the following: equalizer, Power button, speed button (choice of 5 speeds), turning volume up, turning volume down, LCD screen which indicates the status and how much battery power is left, reverse button for chapters, play/pause button, and forward chapter button.