Pennsylvania, United States | Member Since 2011
Yes - Elizabeth Keckly's story is riveting, amazing - and true. I did not know the 'Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker' is rooted the story of an amazing women in one of the United States' darkest times.
Twelve Years a Slave.
Christina Moore articulates each character effectively, narrating Chiavarini's Elizabeth Keckly with dignity and drama. Her firm tone and wonderful pace made made the story one I could not put down, and I walked and drove worked with this story in my ear, unwilling to let it go until story's end.
Needle in the Whitehouse
'Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker' inspired me to my next read, Elizabeth Keckley's own memoir.
Ms Hubbard claims to have written this to combine a love of history and Christmas. It would have been better to have combined it with a little more research as well. In addition to being predictable and mellowdramatic, Ms Hubbard's story makes several historical errors regarding how women campfollowers lived and worked with the Continental Army. She also infers that there were a number of women whose primary source of support was prostitution. While prostitution was present, it was not something that officers tolerated, or turned a blind eye towards. Even a short story deserves accuracy
In addition the narrator falls into an annoying faux bass voice when she reads male voices. It was distracting and a little creepy.
Can't recommend this at all. Tried to give it half a star, but had to give it one.
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