London, spring 1939. Eighteen-year-old Ada Vaughan, a beautiful and ambitious seamstress, has just started work for a modiste in Dover Street. A career in couture is hers for the taking - she has the skill and the drive - if only she can break free from the dreariness of family life in Lambeth.
A chance meeting with the enigmatic Stanislaus von Lieben catapults Ada into a world of glamour and romance. When he suggests a trip to Paris, Ada is blind to all the warnings of war on the continent: This is her chance for a new start.
Anticipation turns to despair when war is declared, and the two are trapped in France. After the Nazis invade, Stanislaus abandons her. Ada is taken prisoner and forced to survive the only way she knows how: by being a dressmaker. It is a decision that will haunt her during the war and its devastating aftermath.
©2016 Mary Chamberlain. Recorded by arrangement with Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
"The Dressmaker of Dachau is a thrilling story, brilliantly told. I couldn't put it down. Ada Vaughan is a character to fall in love with: utterly real, flawed, and beguiling." (Saskia Sarginson, author of R&J Pick, The Twins, and Without You)
"I found myself completely swept up in this tale of love, ambition and vanity." (Juliet West, author of Before the Fall)
I would ALMOST like to hear the rest of the story, but every minute I get annoyed by the narrator's performance. The writing itself is not grand, but the story line is good.
The reader is so breathy it is maddening. Her men sound like women. The main character is young and dumb and annoying. Maybe if I could get through to the meat of the story the book would redeem itself, but as of now I have to walk away.
This was a horribly depressing book but not just that. I have read other depressing books that I have loved - The Nightingale being one. This was a horrible story where the main character made mistake after mistake and never learned. She was hard to like and took being naive to a whole other level. I would have never finished this if it wasn't my book club book.
The narrator was almost unbearable. She read with a breathy dramatic cadence the entire book.
I liked the story overall. But if you want a book that's positive and uplifting this is not it. The main character makes mistake after mistake that causes her own misery, in my opinion. There is no happy ending to this book. But it keeps you interested and has a good feel of the war - feels realistic and well researched. It also goes into life right after the war, which is a nice change.
Also, listen to a sample before buying - the narrator had a weird breathy way of speaking and it took me some time to get used to it and not be annoyed by it.
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