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The Dressmaker Audiobook

The Dressmaker: A Novel

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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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    merlin 06-21-16
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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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    Jane Foster Lawrence 09-07-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    Julianne 07-05-16
    Julianne 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Jeanette 12-20-15
    Jeanette 12-20-15 Member Since 2013
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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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    Kelly 05-23-17
    Kelly 05-23-17
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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.

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    cheno Austin, Tx 03-15-17
    cheno Austin, Tx 03-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    Slightly interesting story. This lost my interest throughout. I did find the geographical setting to be interesting.

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    Amazon Customer 09-10-16 Member Since 2017

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    "the ultimate revenge!"

    I love this book!! if you have ever dreamed of revenge, this is a must read!

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    Robin 02-09-16
    Robin 02-09-16

    Photo is of my portuguese water dog, Sheila!

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    "Too boring to finish"

    I do understand that this book is now a movie, however, i simply was too bored to get beyond the first few chapters. It is possible that the narrator's accent stood in the way, but i cannot recommend as an audible purchase.

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    Kieran 01-23-16
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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!

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    addictedtoaudibles CO USA 11-18-15
    addictedtoaudibles CO USA 11-18-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Mixed Bag"

    I almost returned the book due to the narrator's monotone reading style, but hung in there. I felt like the main character, the dressmaker, kept everyone from getting to know her, including the reader. I wanted to have the book read prior to seeing the movie. From the movie trailer, I can already tell that there were liberties taken with the novel to enhance the characters. Will definitely see the movie, since I'm in it for the fashion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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