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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 17/08/2015
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    "Good Aussie yarn"

    I really enjoyed Rachel Griffiths reading of this novel.
    The characters are very funny and the story is hilarious but somehow believable.
    The ending didn't really lend itself to a sequel for the main character, but I hope to listen to something similar in the future.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Carroll 23/11/2015
    Claire Carroll 23/11/2015
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    "Just ok"

    Found Rachel Griffith's monotone mind numbing, story had potential but I lost track of all the characters. Just ok...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peri 21/04/2016
    Peri 21/04/2016
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    "very entertaining"

    this book took me on an emotional rollercoaster - from tears of laughter to tears of sadness. very cleverly written & quite believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    marion barclay 28/10/2015
    marion barclay 28/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    This book had every emotion one minute l was laughing then angry as well as crying fabulous

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dannielle 17/11/2015
    Dannielle 17/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Worst Narration ever."

    If I ever have a hard time going to sleep, I know what to listen to. A dead fish has more life than the narration in this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 05/10/2016
    Deborah 05/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Rachel Griffiths superlative"

    I loved the story beautifully narrated by Rachel Griffiths who brought to life a township of characters. Her voice created images of luxurious fabrics and vivid descriptions of the Haute Couture Tilly brought to the old country town. It was brilliant!

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    margaret 21/09/2016
    margaret 21/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my kind of book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I got sick of hearing about materials and measurements.


    Has The Dressmaker put you off other books in this genre?

    Kind of.


    What didn’t you like about Rachel Griffiths’s performance?

    For me the story was boring


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dressmaker?

    Nothing in particular


    Any additional comments?

    This is the sort of story which would appeal to heaps of people but to me it is simply inane.

    May I add not nearly as infuriating as "No More Champagne". I wanted to do a review but it wasn't showing up. The constant mention of however many pounds Churchill spent was hard to listen to.... So much so I couldn't hear it to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 14/08/2016
    Michael 14/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "great characters. eccentric bunch but so real"

    loved it. the story is wonderful. tge kead character is someone you fall for

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    MS KJ RUSSELL 24/07/2016
    MS KJ RUSSELL 24/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A great yarn..."

    I love the story and Rachel Griffiths' telling of it. Her rendition of the characters is wondrous! She brought the story to life! Enjoy.

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    Kylie 02/07/2016
    Kylie 02/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "slow"

    the dressmker was really slow. couldnt persist to listen to it all. im sure the mivie would've been better and i rarely say that.

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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".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    14/03/16
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    "enjoyable"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mazza
    21/02/16
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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
  • Mrs B.
    6/12/15
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blossom1044
    3/12/15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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