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Publisher's Summary

Emily Starr had never known what it was to be lonely - until her beloved father died. In this, the first of the Emily novels, young Emily is orphaned and goes to live with her mother's snobbish relatives at New Moon Farm. Sure that she'll never be happy there, Emily endures her stern Aunt Elizabeth and malicious classmates by holding her head high and using her quick wit.

But things begin to change as Emily makes several new friends. There is Teddy, who does marvelous drawings; Perry, who has sailed all over the world with his father and has never been to school; and Ilse, a tomboy with a blazing temper. Amazingly, Emily finds New Moon Farm beautiful and fascinating. With new friends and adventures, Emily might someday think of herself as Emily of New Moon.

Public Domain (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Loved the book, this narrator stinks

UGH! I can't even get through the first chapter with this droning, mechanical voiced narrator. This is awful.

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What a difference tone makes

I've always found Emily Starr to be the most interesting and enjoyable of L M Montgomery's heroines, and her story remains my favorite. This narrator, unfortunately, sounds distinctly bored, and has decided that Emily speaks in a constant, plaintive whine. A shame.

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I read it only because of Russian Dolls

This is an oddly disturbing novel. On one hand it seems to be the tale of a misunderstood little girl, suitable for impressionable pre-teens who may sympathize with her dilemna; on the other hand, various situations Emily finds herself in border on the troubling. A 30-something uncle who seems to be grooming her is the most unsettling character.

Montgomery herself doesn't help matters with her descriptions of Emily. She is about 10 years old, yet described by the author as having "come hither" eyes.

But as I read in order to get insights into Nadia in Russian Dolls, I can see why Nadia would prefer this book over Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms. This is a novel about the adults failing Emily and frankly the other children in her milieu because of their traumas.

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Lovely Story dulled by narrator

I’ve always loved the EoNM series, but I wish the narrator’s voice were more interesting. She reads this story like a journalist reads a news report. Unfortunate.

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It’s no Anne

I was hopeful since I loved the first few Anne books, but this was not nearly as entertaining. Not a bad book, but I lost interest often.

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One of my most beloved books

Another true Canadian classic by L.M. Montgomery. Inspired me to write as a young person. I reread the series at least once per year. I am a little disappointed that book 2 and 3 are not available on Audible (claiming they are not authorized for release in my country).

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Not as refined as Anne but Emily's interesting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, while it's easy to see Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables, Avonlee… ) Rebecca of Sunnybrook as classics. This to should be amoung them. Somehow not as refined as the Anne books (same author) similarities in setting and conditions but just a little more disjointed. Subtly darker than Rebecca of Sunnybrook but engaging characters. Best read after the Anne series as it's easier to get a feel for the era and settings.

What other book might you compare Emily of New Moon to and why?

Anne of Greengables, same settings, similar situations just a little darker. In a larger view it's probably closer to Rebecca of Sunnybrook. Casually cruel aunts, matching intolerance and sense off entitlement.

Have you listened to any of Susan O’Malley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't . She does a good job with few mistakes. It seems it would ne difficult to voice a historical as well as regional story. But she does a good job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Difficult question, as an adult male it's harder to respond to the emotions of a young turn of the century girl. But Emily did have an emotional depth that was understandable .

Any additional comments?

While I have a preference for the Anne books, I still feel these Emily books (3 in all) are, just as Rebecca of Sunnybrook and Pollyanna must reads. I found more of an emotional connection with Anne amd Becky than Emily hut a stronger historical picture with Emil..

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La tía Elizabeth aprueba está versión

creo que no hay mucho para decir cuando uno Lee Este título. lo cierto es que Emily no es libro favorito de LM Montgomery pero es un gran libro y escucharlo en esta versión vale la pena para todos aquellos que les guste la autora de Anne.

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Sweet Historical Classic Literature

I am 53 years old. I've recently enjoyed a few of the Anne of Green Gables audiobooks and learned of this series. I am so delighted with these artistic and outspoken girls! This story was amazing! I loved its bluntness and I laughed out loud at her French conversation. The apology of her Aunt brought me to tears!
Pure genius!
A delightful narration that kept the children, children and the old relatives, old!

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She's not Anne Shirley

Hard to finish -- I was surprised to find that Montgomery actually wrote this trilogy after the Anne books. I thought perhaps this was earlier writing and her story telling developed. I was excited to listen to these after reading various quotes from the Emily books. But I had to make myself finish this one and so certainly don't feel like carrying on with the other two Emily books.

Adults all painted badly -- My main issue was if I was caring for Emily, I would probably be just like her aunts Elizabeth and Laura - that mix of stern and compassion, just trying to deal with this very unusual child. All the adults around her seem to be painted in a negative light. You keep waiting for the Miss Stacy who really nurtures and understands her, or the Marilla Cuthbert who is stern but also warm and sensitive under the austere surface. The adults in Emily's life just all seem like their dealing with so many issues of their own.

Lots of men -- It's concerning how much Emily is with men and boys. In real life something bad / abusive probably would have happen. I don't like how she is a 12 year old girl, but there is so much talk of marriage and subjects just way beyond her years. It should be more focused on what a girl that age is truly going through and feeling.

Fairies and Elves -- Such a heavy influence of the fantastical, imaginative, pagan... the wind woman, faries, elves... seems everyone in her life is saturated in the mystical. Where is the love of beauty for it's own sake? Or from a Biblical perspective since all these people supposedly do go to church. She writes of them being Presbyterian or Catholic. The world around us is beautiful because God made it. Or "the flash" as she calls it could just as easily be described as a moment of revelation or true seeing. But she makes it sound like something foreign, magical or highly unique to Emily.

Autobiographical -- I read on Wikipedia that this was Montgomery most autobiographical work. So, I guess as a child Lucy was Emily. And this was her experience as she worked out that urge to write, and was met with criticism and push back as a budding author.

Not the familiar Avonlea -- When I listened to the Anne books I loved the character development of everyone in Avonlea. You got to hear their thoughts, and appreciate them each in their own way. But with the Emily books it felt as though you keep waiting for something bad to happen. It's just not the beautiful, romantic world that Montgomery created for Anne. I didn't care for Emily, and consequentially didn't care for anyone in the story, so it felt impossible to really find it engaging. I just felt sorry for her aunts having to care for and shepherd this little girl who kept putting them in their place giving them "the Murray look" and in the end getting her own way.

I suppose if you really like fairies and the mythical world, or are an aspiring author yourself than you would enjoy this book. But, I found it just not at all to my liking and will just stick with the Anne books.

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  • 06-03-17

Another L.M Montgomery Delight

Being a firm lover of the authors works I may be somewhat biased but this was my first step away from the Anne of. . . series and I must say I was as enchanted by Emily and this ensemble as I am by Anne. A lovely story, well worth a listen. I did find the reader a little stilted at times but this became part of the charm for me I suppose.

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  • 05-03-15

As good as I remember it!

Beautifully narrated. I read all the Emily books in my early teens and loved them. This was a great way to revisit them.

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  • 03-01-22

L.M.Montgomery at her best.

I loved listening to this story. An Evocative , descriptive and immersive work. A book to visit and live in not just read. I think it is a profound and autobiographical work that gives me insight into the author that touches my heart. So enjoyable.

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  • 03-28-19

I loved this audio book.

Of course it is very old fashioned but that is its charm taking us back to a time when people, even children talked about right and wrong. The charm of this adorable trip back in time to another world has given me many happy hours. Every bit as good a story as Anne of Green Gables it is different , and original.