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Ellie

Narrated by: Anne Dover
Length: 24 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Ellie is a sweet-natured brunette, generous of heart with a sparkling smile and an accent that reveals her East End background. Bonny is beautiful and spoilt, with cascades of blond hair, the brightest pair of blue eyes and a mouth like Cupid's bow. The two girls meet in London at the end of the war when, seduced and abandoned by two American airmen, they pool their wits and resources and set off to make a living on the stage. Amidst hardship and austerity, immersed in the glamour and ruthlessness of life in variety theatre, their story is one of sacrifice, ambition, and friendship against all odds.
©1996 Lesley Pearse (P)2007 Isis Publishing

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Good job

I enjoyed this book, but found the ending wasn't a happy one at least not for Ellie. that hurt me. But the book was really good overall. One of the best by this author.

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  • alison
  • 04-13-13

Sad when it finished

Loved every minute of this, felt at a loss when it was finished. A brilliant tale

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  • gillygate
  • 12-08-15

wonderful story

This book was such a surprise, it was so entertaining and a it was not the way I expected it would be at the end.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 12-01-15

kept me interested until the end.

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ellie and bonnie are the main characters in the story. we follow them from the beginning of the war until 1949. both girls are talented in their own way. elle at acting and comedy whilst bonnie is a dancer. theirs is a close friendship that gets the through a lot but it is elle who makes he biggest sacrifice at the end.
well written by lesley pearse and performed by anne dover there was always something happening to keep your attention.

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  • Jane Bryder
  • 03-11-18

Beautiful Story

The story was fantastic..well done to author. The narrator was brilliant...made me enjoy this book more. I recommend this book to all. Well done x

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  • Puddycats
  • 04-24-17

Wonderful!

Deep and beautiful story, Lesley never fails to grip me with her wonderful stories, the twists and turns really keep my interest. Highly recommended.

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  • Roisin
  • 08-14-13

solid writing and narration with a good story

The narrator is excellent although her bristol accent needs work!! The story centers around Elie but there are enough characters such as bonnie and her men that keep you interested right the way through. It is a little predictable but there are twists and turns and its a long read so extremely good value for money

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  • Mrs
  • 05-18-16

Loved it!! Gutted it's finished....

Really felt like I was there and could visualize the places and characters. Would love to see a sequel.

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  • Abigail
  • 12-05-15

An unconventional war time friendship

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I thought the ending came very abruptly in contrast to the drawn out scenes at the start of the book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I found it difficult to understand the time scale because the pace of the story varied a lot. So I was surprised near the end to discover Bonnie was only 20 years old, she seemed to have crammed in a lot of wild living

Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favourite?

Ellie's character was my favourite, I like the mix of kindness and strength in a character and the way she got led into trouble by Bonnie. (We all have a friend like that!)

Do you think Ellie needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Probably, the story ended abruptly for Ellie's character, it didn't feel like a satisfying place to stop.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the narrator, Anne Dover. She struck the right balance of guiding you through the story with the voices and accents but she remained unobtrusive on my enjoyment of the story so I hardly notice she was there. Very clever delivery enhanced the story.

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  • Mrs Irene Bladon
  • 09-08-19

Irene

Thoroughly enjoyed this story, would recommend to all audible listeners, it was excellent narration by Anne Dover.

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  • Mrs
  • 07-05-19

Another amazing read

A great story funny, yet sad in places I didn’t want it to end I hope there shall be a sequel

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-19

Good story but terrible recording

The story is quite good, not one of my favorites but I did enjoy it. I was put off by the recording which is not in time with chapters making it difficult to return to sometimes at they would end mid chapter

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-14-19

Excellent story

Great narrator.
Though the book was long it was always great to listen to.
In the car. On my wonder boom while doing house work. Easy.

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  • Dawn Winter
  • 04-09-18

Totally absorbing

Where does Ellie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ellie is in the top 10 per cent of Audible books for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ellie, of course. But Bonnie was the girl you love to hate and added so much interest to the story. Can’t believe she was the one who ended up ‘happy ever after’ after treating people so badly all her life. How did she manage to continue to get her own way?

What does Anne Dover bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Anne is very easy to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Quite a few.

Any additional comments?

I can’t wait for the sequel Camillia to be available on Audible.

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  • Rachael
  • 12-03-16

Sad

Not my favourite book by Lesley Pearse story very boring and a sad end.