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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

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Must Read

I rate books based on two things, either it is a good story or the use of language is clever and painterly. This book has both. The story is a seat gripper with continual twists and turns that the reader cannot anticipate. The author uses language, phases and words in noteworthy, never before used ways, to suggest that this writer has an original, natural style.

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Confusing

I made the mistake of thinking I could enjoy this story. My habit is to listen to stories while I work, drive, or walk for exercise. As I got further into the story, I had no idea what I was listening to. The plot was so complicated I constantly lost the story line and finally, I decided I just did not care. At first, I was intrigued by the idea of aging people living together in a facility, and the story was humorous, and I loved the British reader. After a few sessions, the tale meandered into some kind of mystery that seemed improbable, which was too long and too complicated for this listener.