Three Things About Elsie

A Novel
Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of the “remarkable...masterfully constructed, pitch-perfect” (Booklist, starred review) debut The Trouble with Goats and Sheep delivers a suspenseful and emotionally satisfying novel about a lifelong friendship, a devastating secret, and the small acts of kindness that bring people together.

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing...might take a bit more explaining.

Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago? 

Three Things About Elsie is a story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.

©2018 Joanna Cannon (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

What listeners say about Three Things About Elsie

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I love this book

I'm going to start listening again right now. It is just one of those tales that you want to re read for the different perspective

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Exceptional performance

Loved this book. The performance was a excptional. Cannot say enough about the performance!! Great story!

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Very well written But a sad story about aging.

Sorry to say that this beautifully written book is about old age and the view of it was more than depressing. Not really a mystery just a story of how time and age and how it takes it's toll. The ending is sad and does tie up the ends nicely. I would not read this again and feel I must warn anyone who is sensitive about this topic. I am sorry I used a credit and will ask for it back.

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Loved it

Love this author , her first book was great but this is even better. The story of 2 elderly ladies in an assisted living facility, and a mystery that develops one day with a new resident. It reminds me, in a way, of her first book, as it also has 2 main female characters who are searching for the answer to a mystery also. I won’t give away any more than this, as it’d be hard to review without telling the complete story. It’s very good and the narrator’s voice is terrific.

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Beautiful story, beautifully written.

The narrator is wonderful. She was perfect in "Goats & Sheep", and she was wonderful here. Three things about Elsie is one of my favorite books I've read this year.

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Loved everything about this book

Now that I know the ending, I want to re-listen to this wonderful - albeit poignant - story. I am close in age to Elsie - and Flo - but nevertheless did not find this story depressing, as some have suggested, but tender and gentle - with a mystery to boot.

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Gem of a Book

This mystery novel wove in suspense as well as a beautifully written narrative of the process of getting older. I loved so many of the life observations by the characters that I plan to buy the book and read it again, highlighting the ones I want to remember. Ms Cannon understands the human condition and writes so eloquently in a compassionate way that it honors all of us. Thank you, Paula.

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Another Great Novel from Ms. Cannon

A beautiful, captivating story about how lives are intertwined — how one life affects others in ways we cannot realize. Just as in real life, Ms. Cannon’s writing mixes deadly serious matters and laugh-out-loud matters. A delight to read.

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Great surprise

loved this story, loved the surprise ending. highly recommend this book for surprise and laughter

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Great story line, just a little lengthy

I really enjoyed the characters of the book. The narrative was great as well. The only thing I would say is that it seemed to drag on a little in the middle. I think the story line could have been completely covered in less time. I never quit a book, even if I don’t like it, but I reached a point where I was just ready for more progression in the story.

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