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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (367 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: June 2004 ISBN: 9781455178469
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Eight-year-old Elsie Dinsmore is enjoying a blissful Christmas holiday season with her family when a crisis arises that threatens to change her life as she knows it. Her father has made a request of her that she believes would violate her conscience, and Elsie feels she must refuse him. But he fails to see her refusal as a matter of her deep faith in God, believing that Elsie is merely being willful and disobedient.

Elsie clings to the promise that her heavenly father will not forsake her as, one by one, everything she holds dear is taken from her. When the turmoil brought on by this conflict brings life-threatening illness for Elsie and a life-changing crisis for her father, Elsie’s faith is tested to the limits.

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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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rania | 11/8/2013

    " Wow! A good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 6/18/2013

    " I learned to obey God's Word even in difficult circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meadow | 4/20/2013

    " When Elsie's love for God causes conflict between her and her father. She will have to choose between her beloved earthy father or her heavenly father. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Briana | 3/1/2013

    " I don't think it's a good sign that I started hoping desperately for Elsie's death...but at least then she could go to heaven, I would feel satisfied, and this series could end at 2 books, instead of 2,000!!! Seriously...there's almost no point to this whole series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryRachel | 1/3/2013

    " This was a great book It was sad though :( But if you liked Elsie Dinsmore, you'll like Elsie's Holiday. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole G. | 8/24/2012

    " Still more didacticism. And some anti-Catholicism, too! Her dad is still a crazy person. However, I have to finish this series now, to see how much more wacky it gets . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/7/2012

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Britt-goodie of newsieness | 5/17/2012

    " I've read as much of this as I'm going to. I never want to read this again. It was awful. And boring. And horrible. And no food either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae M. | 12/20/2011

    " The fluffy ridiculousness continues. Terribly entertaining, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 12/6/2011

    " Good read except for the strong antiCatholicism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mecque | 9/6/2011

    " Being a Catholic myself, the climax of this book made me laugh hysterically. Amusingly melodramatic, and a good set up for the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 12/24/2010

    " It's been a really long time since I read this book, but as girl I really liked my Elsie Dinsmore books. Great classic books for girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Diaz | 11/18/2010

    " It has been years since I read these books, but I will say that they are wonderful stories. The outlook on life that Elsie keeps dispite her circumstances can be a great lesson for any age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/14/2010

    " This one is so sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 7/25/2010

    " Still more didacticism. And some anti-Catholicism, too! Her dad is still a crazy person. However, I have to finish this series now, to see how much more wacky it gets . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mecque | 1/1/2010

    " Being a Catholic myself, the climax of this book made me laugh hysterically. Amusingly melodramatic, and a good set up for the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 6/29/2009

    " This one is so sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cgnarnia | 1/24/2009

    " Good, but a little long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 1/19/2009

    " I learned to obey God's Word even in difficult circumstances. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Britt-goodie of newsieness | 12/3/2008

    " I've read as much of this as I'm going to. I never want to read this again. It was awful. And boring. And horrible. And no food either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryRachel | 10/30/2008

    " This was a great book It was sad though :( But if you liked Elsie Dinsmore, you'll like Elsie's Holiday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/19/2008

    " It has been years since I read these books, but I will say that they are wonderful stories. The outlook on life that Elsie keeps dispite her circumstances can be a great lesson for any age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meadow | 3/25/2008

    " When Elsie's love for God causes conflict between her and her father. She will have to choose between her beloved earthy father or her heavenly father. "

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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.”