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The Dressmaker Audiobook

The Dressmaker

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Publisher's Summary

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 harbours 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.

©2000 Rosalie Ham (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Amazon Customer Norwich, United Kingdom 14/03/2016
    Amazon Customer Norwich, United Kingdom 14/03/2016 Member Since 2013

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    "enjoyable"

    this was totally off my normal type of listen. but thoroughly enjoyable. you can virtually feel the heat

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    Mazza 21/02/2016
    Mazza 21/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Compulsive listening"

    I loved listening to this entertaining story as I was sewing myself

    I really didn't want the story to end...now I shall look forward to watching the film

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs B. 06/12/2015
    Mrs B. 06/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I was expecting."

    I can't say I didn't enjoy all of it but ... It was strange in parts

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    Blossom1044 03/12/2015
    Blossom1044 03/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED IT"
    Would you listen to The Dressmaker again? Why?

    Oh yes.

    I bought on a whim as love sewing and i loved this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything. I am going to let me mum listen to it or buy her the book for christmas. great read, fabulous story and hard to put down whether listening or reading./

    hope the film lives up to it.


    Have you listened to any of Rachel Griffiths’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    none, but id be willing to


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    oh yes and almost did -i had to sleep in between.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally listen/read to science fiction, but the characters and story really came to life for me. top book.

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  • katrina
    NEWBURGH, NY, United States
    14/09/16
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    "Shame about the pronunciation...."

    The book is well-written, but I had trouble figuring out precisely when it was set. The entire story takes place over perhaps a year. The main character receives the new LP of South Pacific, putting it around 1949-1950. They sing God Save the King, which puts it prior to 1953 (When Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne). But then another character requests clothing styled after Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop (1956)....

    I'm sure not all listeners are as picky as me, but this kind of thing became a distraction.

    Rachel Griffiths does a good job capturing the essence of this story, with its Dickensian names and often hilarious incidents.
    Unfortunately, given that the story is about a dressmaker, it would have been good to have a narrator who knew how to pronounce Schiaparelli, Vionnet, and (worst of all) "couture".

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  • Samantha
    28/01/16
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    "Not a happy read"
    Would you try another book from Rosalie Ham and/or Rachel Griffiths?

    Maybe not


    What was most disappointing about Rosalie Ham’s story?

    It was grim. Not inspiring. No idea why they made this into a movie, I'm guessing they changed the story for the movie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing really


    Was The Dressmaker worth the listening time?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sherinik
    South Gippsland, Vic Australia
    23/10/15
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    "Dark and funny"

    Small country towns have secrets - some everybody knows (but don't talk about) and some only known to a few.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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