• Ellie

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 25 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-18-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (19 ratings)

Regular price: $33.08

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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By alison on 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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Abigail on 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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dawn Winter on 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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2 out of 5 stars
By Rachael on 12-03-16

Sad

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

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