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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (819 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martha Finley Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Original Elsie Classics Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455177844
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Elsie Dinsmore is an endearing eight-year-old girl with several bewildering problems. She has never known her mother, who died when Elsie was a baby, and she longs for a close, loving relationship with her father. He, however, has sent her off to be raised at Roselands, his brothers’ Southern plantation, where her teacher, Miss Day, harshly criticizes her and her cousins tease her relentlessly.

As Elsie learns to handle her problems, she begins to learn more about herself. And as her faith in her heavenly father grows, she learns what it means to be child of God. The result is a story that inspires and challenges, and readers will take delight in how Elsie comes to depend completely upon faith in God for the peace and happiness she seeks.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There has been almost no character in American juvenile fiction which has attained more widespread interest and affection than Elsie.”

    Ladies Home Journal, 1893

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 2/19/2014

    " One of my favorite books! I absolutely LOVE Elsie! She endures so much pain, but this little girl gets through it. She is such a strong character to inspire many! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 2/18/2014

    " Really good series of stories! Good Christian values and role models, yet at the same time Elsie does learn good lessons. Very good book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kel | 2/10/2014

    " Badly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/8/2014

    " Ha ha ha . . . a classic - of its time . . . redolent of femininity in the previous centuries . . . not for the faint of stomach. Soon to be a major motion picture . . . NOT. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole G. | 2/5/2014

    " A little heavy-handed with the didacticism, but I guess one has to remember the time period in which it was written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Britt-goodie of newsieness | 1/30/2014

    " she was a cowish weirdy. and this book might possibly the the longest I've ever read. but was it worthwhile and do I remember any of it? well, I remember ink stained copy books and pianos. and she had a checking account or something. and she wanted candy and bought a pound of it. I liked that and only that part. I also liked when she fell down the hill and almost died. or was that the second book? they're all the same in my book. (which is probably very short, considering that this may be the longest book I've read) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lizzi Crystal | 1/20/2014

    " I read this so many years ago and don't remember much except I found Elsie terribly annoying. ;-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 1/19/2014

    " I loved the Elsie Dinsmore books when I was young, so I decided to re-read all 28 books this summer... I finished the first book and it wasn't as good as I remembered. However, I couldn't wait to start the next book - love little Elsie! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arielle | 1/11/2014

    " Elsie is entirely too froufrou and perfect. Her father is borderline abusive and is a horrible example of what a father should be. Not an enjoyable book, or recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meadow | 1/8/2014

    " Young Elsie is awaiting her father whom she's never seen. He went to Europe before she was born. When he returns. Elsie is heartbroken to find he does not posess the love for her as she has for him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 12/31/2013

    " I'm not someone that religious but I sure enjoyed reading thsi book. A very touching and heart-warming tale of a young girl as she struggles to meet her father for the first time.And throughout the series the reader sees growth in her character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 12/23/2013

    " It was horrible! it may look appealing to little girls but it's a horrible book, plain and simple. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 12/21/2013

    " This book showed me that religion really is contradictory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/7/2013

    " Great for younger girls. Lots of morality woven into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 11/25/2013

    " Good book. A little too sad/depressing. I read it in one night and probably stayed up a little too late, then I stayed up even later thinking about it. I went to sleep at about midnight. Ooops. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allyson Jones | 10/14/2013

    " One of my favorite books of ALL-time! Elsie's sweet and gentle character inspire me so much! And the hardships she faced are tremendous! A very realistic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Catchastar | 5/16/2013

    " she seemed too perfect, and rather spoiled. It's hard to relate to a character when they're flawless, and when you can't relate to the characters, the story falls flat. And this did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martac | 12/15/2012

    " Only...Elsie needs to break out, you know, live a little. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kris Larson | 10/20/2012

    " An unbearably precocious and weepy child is emotionally abused by her father for several months and then, unaccountably, he stops. Read this if your favorite part of Jane Eyre is the first page and a half, where she is mistreated and displays no spirit and nothing exciting happens to her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisha | 9/7/2012

    " Amazing book that teaches morals and standards. Growing up I learned a lot from Elsie, though only read this one book. She taught me how to stand up for what I believe in and love all who are around me no matter who they are. To see the beauty in everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 7/4/2012

    " This book was amazing and yet sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/20/2012

    " Great reminder to always Keep the Faith no matter what. Great example of courage, loyalty, perserverance, and faith. The writing style isn't exactly my first choice but overall it's a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 5/21/2011

    " I admit, the child's righteousness made me irritated at times, but perhaps overconscientiously so. Would love to read more of the series if I can find more non-abridged versions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/15/2011

    " I thought is was cute, but Elsie cried too much and was a little bit too good even for a little girl. This is definately aimed at a younger audience, so this was a light and fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 5/7/2011

    " This book showed me that religion really is contradictory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/8/2010

    " This book was amazing and yet sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 11/25/2010

    " My sister has the whole original series of Elsie Dinsmore, and I love it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna C. | 10/22/2010

    " It was horrible! it may look appealing to little girls but it's a horrible book, plain and simple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 8/24/2010

    " Really good series of stories! Good Christian values and role models, yet at the same time Elsie does learn good lessons. Very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 7/7/2010

    " I love this book. It is great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 7/4/2010

    " A little heavy-handed with the didacticism, but I guess one has to remember the time period in which it was written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 6/26/2010

    " One of my favorite books! I absolutely LOVE Elsie! She endures so much pain, but this little girl gets through it. She is such a strong character to inspire many! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/8/2010

    " Ha ha ha . . . a classic - of its time . . . redolent of femininity in the previous centuries . . . not for the faint of stomach. Soon to be a major motion picture . . . NOT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mecque | 12/29/2009

    " Elsie, I adore you. Your father's kind of horrible (at the ripe old age of 27!) but you love him anyway. That takes guts, kid. I like following along with the Bible passages, and the writing is adorable. I'm on board for the next 27. "

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About the Author
Author Martha Finley

Martha Finley (1828–1909) was born in Ohio. She was a private educator in Pennsylvania until she became ill and moved to Elkton, Maryland, where at age twenty-six, she began her literary career as a means to support herself. She wrote twenty-eight Elsie books and was one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time, with over twenty-five million readers in both America and England.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.