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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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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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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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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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Love!

So Montgomery wrote this book as her first. And you can see the future inspiration of Anne of Green Gables all over it! I can’t wait to listen to the other two books in this series

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Enthralling classic modern listeners will devour

This is a story with a very common storyline but still somehow you get caught up in it. It’s about a little girl named Emily. Her father dies and she goes to live with her two aunts in Canada PEI. Her aunts live in a house called New Moon. Emily is a child of imagination and she has the born itching to write. Overall a well done story by the author and performance of the narrator.

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I like most of L. M. Montgomery's work, as it is light on the surface, with an underlayer of appalling human darkness. Emily, much like Anne, loves nature and words, makes humorous mistakes, and has flights of imagination and whimsy. Adults are pretty much all different flavors of horrible, and everyone is awful to cats.

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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.