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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (357 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martha Finley Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Original Elsie Classics Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9781455178568
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As Elsie Dinsmore grows up, her family undergoes major changes. Her father, Horace Dinsmore, falls in love and marries sweet Rose Allison, whom Elsie has loved since childhood. Soon two new members, Horace Jr. and Rosebud, join the happy family.

Elsie has grown into a graceful, accomplished, and beautiful young woman of fifteen who faces the difficulties of peer pressure, the allurements of the world outside her family, and the delights and confusion of friendships both false and true. She confronts the greatest crisis of her life while visiting her maiden aunt Wealthy, when she experiences first the joy of first love and then the deep pain of betrayal.

In an attempt to cure her broken heart, Elsie’s family takes her on a tour of Europe. Upon her return, when she least expects it, Elsie discovers the wonder of true love.

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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

  • “[Elsie] is a beautiful character; we see in her a child of true piety, whose constant labor was for her own advancement and the good of her race.”

    Our Monthly, 1873

  • “Marguerite Gavin’s clear, high voice makes this pleasant listening.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/26/2012

    " I really like this series although it's a bit Calvinistic in its theology, and it's a bit uber-Christian; i.e., the Christians are really, really good and the non-Christians are really, really bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 maidenofvirtue a.k.a. Mandy | 9/27/2010

    " Excellent! Action, love, and great examples of how Christian girls SHOULD act. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meadow | 4/22/2010

    " When Elsie finds her first love and heartbreak follows. She is sent with her family to Europe to lift her heavy heart. Only when she returns will she find the love of her life, that was waiting for her her whole life. Although. The bond between her father and her is a little cheesy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae M. | 2/16/2009

    " Sweet and cutesy. Guilty pleasures! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 maidenofvirtue | 1/16/2009

    " Excellent! Action, love, and great examples of how Christian girls SHOULD act. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meadow | 3/22/2008

    " When Elsie finds her first love and heartbreak follows. She is sent with her family to Europe to lift her heavy heart. Only when she returns will she find the love of her life, that was waiting for her her whole life. Although. The bond between her father and her is a little cheesy "

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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

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”