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Publisher's Summary

A darkly satirical novel of love, revenge, and 1950s haute couture - soon to be a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.

After 20 years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar. Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat - the town's only policeman, who harbors an unusual passion for fabrics - and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly's mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.

©2015 Rosalie Ham (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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Difficult to follow as a audiobook

While this is a well-told story, it is about more than just the dressmaker, it is about the town she comes home to. Because of the audio format, I found it difficult to keep the large cast of characters in town straight. The performance was clear, and the pace of reading excellent, but there was no differentiation in voice for each of the characters, which would have helped the listener keep them all straight.

While I would definitely recommend this novel, I would not necessarily recommend the audio format.

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Very Enjoyable

The Narrator was very good.
I Loved the references to fabric and sewing.
The very descriptive writing gave a clear visual picture

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great narration

I just love the narrator. Great voice and accent. The book is so unique and memorable. If you've seen the movie already this is much different but the movie keeps mostly in line with this. I saw the movie and wanted more. This was what I was hoping for.

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Loved it !

I've listen to the book about three times!
Loved it!
It's a bit tricky to keep up with the characters as there are so many of them, but it worth it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unexpected

Overall I enjoyed. The narration at time felt slow. Unexpected enjoyment. Needed to keep listening and persist. I am glad I kept listening.

Daisy

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Great story - ended too soon.

Any additional comments?

When I finished the book it took me a minute to realize I was really at the end - thought there would be another section - Part II. I guess I'll just have to wait for The Dressmaker continues.

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One of my three things to take to a Desert Island

What made the experience of listening to The Dressmaker the most enjoyable?

The book is a mouth-watering listen, not only for the efforts of Rachel Griffith (what a treat to listen to this narration by her) but because Rosalie Ham is such a pleasure to read/listen to - her prose takes you to another world, another time.

What other book might you compare The Dressmaker to and why?

I'm picking my brains here - whilst there is humour, and there is drama, there is undoubtedly the most incredible description of a small Australian town and the mind-set of small minded, small town people. It is a novel that should be up there as one of Australia's best.

Which character – as performed by Rachel Griffiths – was your favorite?

Oh, I loved them all but I still have Mona in my head - that drawl... "Mother said....."

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

All good things come to those that wait...

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AWESOME

Couldn't stop listening, finished it in 3 days. Now lm going to watch the video

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The Dressmaker - a fun read

I really enjoyed this book. I had already seen the movie and loved it. the movie followed the book fairly well, but had changed up the order of some scenes . I recommend reading this book for a taste of small towns and small lives.

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Too many characters for storytelling

For the book read, the constant characters are consumable. For the Audible version, create a character chart, which is tough to do while walking, driving, etc. and good luck! At some point, you'll realize remembering only a few will get you through. That said, for readers, clearly not listeners, the comments hold true.