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The Corset Diaries

Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (223 ratings)
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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny-challenged" woman like Tessa. But dreams of being debt-free dance in her head at the offer of appearing in a reality TV show. "A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke" is about real people pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. And Tessa's leading man - a real-life duke - is so handsome she can barely breathe, with or without the corset....

©2004 Marthe Arends (P)2013 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Reality TV has never been more entertaining than here as the wickedly funny MacAlister has her heroine record her hilarious experiences with a quirky cast of characters and her passionate encounters with Max in a laughter-laced diary that is a saucy, sexy delight." ( Booklist)

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Funny, Sexy and a little surprising - Spoiler-ish

I enjoyed Katie MacAlister's Ashling Grey Series and thought I would give her non-supernatual books a try. I picked this one because the concept was interesting. A modern day woman agreeing to live as a Victorian Duchess for a month. Everything will be period for that month, no electricity, no modern plumbing, servants to do everything from cooking and cleaning to dressing and bathing the family of the house. And yes, there are corsets. Just that alone had me interested in the story. Ms. MacAlister's sense of humor and the way her main character, Tessa, uses her wit and sarcasm to address her situation kept me smiling if not laughing. As for the sex in the story, Ms. MacAlister can write one heck of a good sex scene. As for the surprising part, it came early in the story and I wasn't sure how it would play out. Tessa is not a petite woman, she comes out and says it she's a little chunky. I could relate to her body image issues. The way she reacted to some situations is exactly the way I have. She's not comfortable in her own skin. She may have accepted that this is the body she has but she's not confident or secure that others will see past her outward appearance and see who she is. She uses her sarcasm as a way to protect herself from being hurt. How this plays out in the story had me looking at myself and helped me address some of my body image issues. I was not expecting that. It was a very pleasant surprise.

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Sophomoric plot and insipid characters

I regret I listened as long as I did. This book was told in the first person by a 38-year-old widowed woman who sounded and acted like a teenager.
I quickly tired to the many times she brought up that she was a size 18, fat, fleshy, whatever. I listened to 1/3 of the book hoping it would have a plot, the characters would suddenly have personality, or the writing would improve. I gave up waiting.
I do not recommend this book.

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Absolute waste of an audible.com credit

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe if you enjoyed 50 Shades of Crap?

Would you be willing to try another one of Ann Marie Lee’s performances?

Maybe. I actually felt sorry for her, having to read this one.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope! Actually, no, I take that back -- the end. Reaching the end was such a relief.

Any additional comments?

I cannot begin to tell you how absurdly silly it is to hear words like penis, boob, and poop in a book allegedly for adults -- much less a "romance." The main character is utterly immature, and the writer has also written her as being over-the-top fixated on how she can't possibly be desirable because she's "chunky." I didn't find her antics to be in the least humorous, as a reader I felt like my intelligence was actually insulted.If this had been a book instead of audiobook, it would have gotten my signature treatment in the first chapter - I would have thrown it across the room. An absolute waste of an audible.com credit.

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Boring dialogue, Terrible plot, & bad narration

It doesn't get much worse than this. The plot is nonexistent, the dialogue is boring, & the narration is so annoying.

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I just cant with this book!

Wow, this is pretty stupid and childish. I can't even continue on with this story, it's ridiculous. It's written in the first person and she is annoying. Blah blah blah thoughts from her. Talking about herself being fat etc all the time. Over it!

The narration is fine.

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Hilarious!

What did you love best about The Corset Diaries?

The situations and the characters. There was always something going on and the main character's thought processes kept me laughing.

What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice was animated and it gave me a feel for the characters. There was a distinction between each one and I wasn't confused as to whom was talking. She gave Tessa a voice that went along with her whole persona.

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

Laugh out loud funny.

Any additional comments?

I liked the main character. She was like a fish out of water and it showed. She didn't put on any airs and she was confused as someone in her situation would be. She took a risk and was dealing with the complications that arose from that decision.

Her weight issues were also realistic. Not every plus size woman is blasé about her weight. She was self conscious but not stupidly so. I can dig it.

This book is fun. It's not drama and it's not heavy. It's lighthearted and a great way to pass the time. So if you are looking for meat and substance I suggest you go elsewhere. This is pure dessert.

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warm and inviting

I really enjoyed this book. all of the characters were fun and quirky making an enjoyable story

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newbie author 2 me ... great listen

a newbie author to me ... and i just enjoyed the narrators voice, Ann Marie Lee ... i am hoping she does other reads on Audible? i will see. great cover. funny story ... my Grandma did were a corset all of her life ... i guess she called it a girdle ... i always wondered how a lady of her size and being so elderly ... her fingers hurts so ... with arthritis ... and other health issues ... i am guessing that is was just a way of life that many of us don't get ... i guess somewhere along the time or line she was told or it was made her feel more lady like ... i never actually did ask ... now that she is gone i am curious? great listen. well done. hope to read more from Katie soon enough! ( ;

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Still so fun

I read this book when it first came out, so I was delighted to revisit it. Funny, sweet and sexy. I find some of this author’s heroines to be too whiny, but in this book the heroine grows from self pity to confidence - flawed but trying her best.

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Absolutely, hysterically funny book!!

This is a well written story and wonderfully narrated. I can't remember the last time I have howled with laughter at a book. Well Done!!! Note: Story has some explicit scenes so if this bothers some, this is not the book for you. Other than that, this is a highly recommended read if you want to be seriously entertained.