Funny, I didn't find the narrator nearly as bad as so many have said. I thought Tess was kind of a flighlty character and the narrator fit her well. It didn't bother me at all.
I titled this "A Guilty Pleasure" because I can see that it's not really a great book, but I enjoyed it all the same. It's kind of like a romance novel with the "steamy" parts cut out, which is fine with me. Girl runs away to America, gets on the Titanic, survives, must choose between two men, and deal with a talented but demanding dress designer and her empire. That about sums up the whole story.
I have to say, though, when I was reading the part where the Titanic was sinking I was absolutely riveted. I was so involved in what was going on I have no real memory of driving home. That part was definitely worth the credit. The author did a nice job of weaving fictional characters into a story with real events and real characters. The designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon was a real person who survived the Titanic sinking and was credited with starting one the first off the rack clothing lines and Tess' story revolves around her. Some of the trial is included in the story and intrigued me enough to look online for the transcript of the trial, which you can read in its entirety.
If you want a kind of Summer at the Beach listen this might be a good story. If you want something more substantial, I'd say pass.
No. I assume the printed version was better as the narrator was distracting
Tess was my favorite character.
Her reading style was irritating and distracting to a well written book
The narrator played to stereotypes when differentiating the characters, which made me more annoyed than sympathetic with their plight.
The story was not good and the title misleading. What I thought would be more about her dressmaking/designing abilities was more a reiteration of journalist (paparazzi) opportunism. Lucille seemed the more unstable version of Miranda from "A Devil Wears Prada." The story was often predictable and the writing unoriginal.
The round of applause for Tess after she successfully cut the expensive fabric. Very predictable and incredibly cheesy.
I didn't get past the first part and abandoned the book after the Titanic sank. I got tired of the simpering personality of the heroine. I wanted her to just stand up for herself just once and quit apologizing. I also thought when she talked to the reporter how stupid she was. I could see that coming like a freight train. I just dislike authors who write helpless, stupid women heroines.
I've always had a fascination for stories centered around Titanic, especially those that contain factual details. This story brings the characters to life in a way that doesn't make you question whether events did or didn't actually happen.
For the first time in a long time, I had a serious issue with the inflection of the narrator's voice. At first, I thought that it was the accent and that I would get used to it, but it ended up feeling like nails on a chalkboard. If I hadn't wanted to read the book so much in the first place, I would have never made it through the whole thing.
The story was worth it, but I wouldn't recommend the audible version, sorry.
If you're a history buff, this book is for you. If you're looking for a sweeping historical romance, take a pass on this one and grab a Coleen Cable novel. I was SO bored with the Senate hearings, the flat dialogue and lackluster protagonist. I enjoyed the narrator's English accent, but the high-pitched, breathy voice she used for Tess drove me up the walls. I'm sure she didn't intend to make Tess sound like such a ninny, but I kept picturing a brainless bimbo every time Tess spoke up. I admit, the backstory about the completely unfair lifeboat situation is rather intriguing, but I was hoping for more fun and fluffy fiction mixed with historical facts. This will be my first and last book by this author.
Wow, great story! One of my favorite books I've read in a long time.
If you like the Titanic history at all you will really enjoy this book. It was very interesting all the way through.
Tess of course was my favorite. But I also like Eleanor.
Eleanor could always saw her sister's side and vulnerabilities and tried to make Tess see them even when she did not agree with how Lucille treated others.
This would make a great movie.
No. It was like reading nearly everything from The Titanic. The storyline varied only slightly.
I was disappointed that the story did not offer more. It began with promise and gradually told of the same old story of a rags to riches fantasy. A young girl trying to escape a life of poverty by coming to America. Miraculously, she gets a job working for the most famous dresss designer in England, who also is traveling on the Titanic for a fashion show in New York. It's discovered that she has a unique gift as a dressmaker. On the ship, this young woman meets another working class traveler. By chance, she also meets a very wealthy man who expresses interest in her. Everything in this story predicts the outcome. No one in their right mind would have made the same choices.
She could have stopped stressing how naieve and innocent the dressmaker was and emphasized her strengths, more. Instead, I was given the impression that this was a woman too weak to be decisive about anything. She seemed to be walking around with blinders on. To elevate a maid to the position of the power she was given, with her own apatment, salary and wardrobe, within a year; was unbelievable. And to reconnect with the wealthy gentleman who wants to marry her and set her up in her own business, is, again, unbelieveable. But, the poor young man that she met on the Titanic, by CHANCE, meets up with a mentor who offers him a chance to have his artistic talents recognized, made me groan out loud. Everything about this book was so unreal. I thought it was more like a Hallmark 'true love story.'
It already has. Only a few characters have been changed. Otherwise, it could have been made into a movie titled, "Titanic,Part 2