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Emily of New Moon

Written by: L. M. Montgomery
Narrated by: Susan O’Malley
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
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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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  • Cactus
  • 10-03-17

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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  • Marcela
  • 01-05-11

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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  • Mary
  • 19-03-19

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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  • lisa
  • 13-08-17

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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  • SGL
  • 30-03-16

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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  • Jacqueline
  • 04-10-19

Stunning

Reaching the end of this book broke my heart, I do not want to say good bye to Emily or New Moon.

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  • Jennifer S.
  • 19-09-19

Fantastic!!

I love this story - Emily is my hero! The characters are so well-developed and the narration is perfect. Just a brilliantly inspiring experience ❤️

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  • symya08
  • 26-03-19

I was waiting for the amazing piece

I am not sure whither this novel is for children or grown up. The events for me, at least, were boring. I was saying there should be good things in this classic novel. I could not find it. I wish I had not spare 12 hours in listening to this product.

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  • Arielle F
  • 14-02-19

Enchanting!

I watched the Netflix original show Russian dolls and it brought me to this book! It was not a disappointment!

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  • Patchi
  • 11-09-18

Delightful

I'm a fan of Anne of Green Gables, and I'm sorry to say it took me over a decade to pick up Emily's story. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-17

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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  • Carg
  • 03-05-15

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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  • graci
  • 28-03-19

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.