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Marie L.

Avid reader, history buff, mom, professional.

Pennsylvania, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (374)

    In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Good mix of fiction and history"
    "Riveting, Compelling, Heartbreaking, Amazing"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker to and why?

    Twelve Years a Slave.


    What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you could rename Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, what would you call it?

    Needle in the Whitehouse


    Any additional comments?

    'Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker' inspired me to my next read, Elizabeth Keckley's own memoir.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Crossing: Women in the Revolutionary War

    • UNABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Lynn Hubbard
    • Narrated By Bobbin Beam
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Thrust into a war she did not choose, Sarah Fanum yearns for simpler times. Times when all she had to worry about were bad crops or bad weather. Unfortunately, fate had other plans. Set in 1776, my short story A Christmas Crossing describes the night that changed the course of the Revolutionary War. It is not your typical Christmas story, but one that has affected every fabric of our lives as Americans.

    Marie L. says: "Not worth a credit or the time."
    "Not worth a credit or the time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has A Christmas Crossing: Women in the Revolutionary War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bobbin Beam’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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