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  • Carnegie's Maid

  • A Novel
  • By: Marie Benedict
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story

  • By L.W. on 01-19-18

A charming tale marred by hypocrisy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I found the main character to be very hypocritical, given that she always judges Andrew Carnegie very harshly for engaging in sometimes callous actions to expand his business empire, despite the fact that she herself is guilty of committing identity fraud on a daily basis in order to improve her own financial position. Nonetheless, the story is very well written, and works as a tribute to the legions of poor immigrants that arrived in America during the 19th century, who were instrumental in transforming America into the economic superpower that it became. The narrator did her job excellently as well.