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Publisher's Summary

The 11 long short stories in Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads combine history, mystery, action, and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U. S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirt Factory fire; from a 1980s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial "star" and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macrame artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.

©2013 S. R. Mallery (P)2014 Sarah Mallery

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A little of everything

The author brought us across time, cultures, and to various countries. Some of the stories seemed so plausible I'm going to look up the historical accuracy. I had no idea what to expect... I laughed, cried and was pleasantly entertained.
I think my favorite story was the one when a husband and wife were sewing passports into a quilt to save some Jews from the Nazis. Heartbreaking. I felt like I needed to reach out to the couple at the end.

I would definitely read/listen to another book by this author.

The narrator did a lovely job reading these stories and her voices were unique story to story. I have not listened to a book by her before but gladly would again.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Who knew the importance of sewing!

As the daughter of a seamstress I know how dangerous sewing can be, having stepped on a fair share of pins left on the floor. (Okay it might have just happened once, but ouch!) I was excited to listen to this book and was not disappointed.

This book contains 11 short stories that all relate back to sewing in one way or another. I think my favorite was the story of the pioneer woman whose husband bought her a sewing machine. She decided to keep it out in a shed in the field in hopes of preventing am Indian raid on her house. Her family became resentful of the time she spent sewing. One day a young Indian showed up at her sewing shed needing food and rest. She took care of him for several days and then he just left. Her husband found out after the fact and was very displeased. He changed his mind later when the relationship she formed with this boy ended up preventing an Indian raid.

The stories cover a wide range of historical eras and people. They were all well-written and interesting. I am looking forward to more audio books from this author!

The narrator did a great job in each of the short stories capturing the heart of the story and the characters. I would definitely listen to more book narrated by Suzie.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Learning History in a fun way

I really liked these short stories. They kept my attention and interest. I learned a lot about history.

The narrator, Suzie Athens, has a very enjoyable voice, and a lot of potential, I look forward to listen to more of her narrations and see how she improves!

I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!!!

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Wonderful stories.

What made the experience of listening to Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the diversity of the stories, how each one kept me intrigued and interested to the very end.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was really moved by the quilt story. What a wonderful, heartbreaking story.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed listening to this book.

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Very interesting short story collection

What I loved about this short story collection was that all the stories were different, but they all had the same thread (get it?) of sewing connecting them. The characters are wonderfully voiced and the narrator does a spectacular job of making them distinct voices that draw you in and allow you to feel empathetic toward them.

I especially loved the different time periods in history that these shorts cover. They were captivating.

The only real downside for me was that the endings of the shorts were a little abrupt as though the author needed to wrap them up and put a bow on them and didn't quite know how to do that. They seem to be chugging along nicely, very engaging and then there is a scene that seemed unnecessary so you can have a satisfactory conclusion.

But I would still recommend the audiobook, even if you aren't a sewing or quilting person. It has well written characters that you will feel invested in.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest review.

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Complex set of short stories

I got this book via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. I enjoyed listening to this set o stories. I really enjoyed the first one and am so glad that the daughter made it out alive to live a long life and then to help the family of her best friend who lost her life in the fire. The second story did not strike my fancy but I enjoyed the last one a little. The Prof was kinda stuck on himself but overall it was interesting to see the take on the hippie lifestyle. The narrator was perfect for the stories and kept me listening even though the second story almost made me want to stop.

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Wonderful set of tales

This is one of the best books I've heard/read in a long time. The author meshed history with the stories which lent an air of facination, especially since I love history. While some of the stories had dark elements, they all ended well, something I appreciate. I look forward to reading more works by SR Mallery.

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Enjoyable listening

If you could sum up Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining Enjoyable Believable

What did you like best about this story?

The stories kept my attention from start to finish. The tie in of the sewing and quilting of each story.

Have you listened to any of Suzie Althens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not listened to her before, but she is easy to listen to. Nice voice and character changes were done quite well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Being an avid quilter and sewing enthusiast for many years, I was pleasantly entertained by this book. Good story lines and engaging characters.

Any additional comments?

Although I am more of an e-reader and physical book type , I do enjoy audible books from time to time . Especially when I am busy in my sewing studio and in need of something other than music or TV while I work.