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The Dressmaker's Gift

Narrated by: Anne Flosnik, Justine Eyre
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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From the bestselling author of The Beekeeper’s Promise comes a gripping story of three young women faced with impossible choices. How will history - and their families - judge them?

Paris, 1940. With the city occupied by the Nazis, three young seamstresses go about their normal lives as best they can. But all three are hiding secrets. War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer; and Vivienne’s involvement is something she can’t reveal to either of them.

Two generations later, Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet arrives in Paris, rootless and adrift, desperate to find a connection with her past. Living and working in the same building on the Rue Cardinale, she learns the truth about her grandmother - and herself - and unravels a family history that is darker and more painful than she ever imagined.

In wartime, the three seamstresses face impossible choices when their secret activities put them in grave danger. Brought together by loyalty, threatened by betrayal, can they survive history’s darkest era without being torn apart?

©2019 Fiona Valpy (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Eliza McNally
  • 28-10-2019

Fifty/Fifty

The war portion of this story far outweighs the present day story. I did not grow to like Harriet. Her story doesn’t have the power of that of her grandmother’s. I wasn’t really interested in her “poor me, nobody loved me” ideas. It would have been a better book just to tell the WWll story.

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  • Lydia C.
  • 17-10-2019

Don't let it stop.

What a moving story, from the present to the past; from the joy to the pain. The reader envelopes you and brings you into the story keeping you engrossed throughout.

Highly recommend!

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  • Kim Wyatt
  • 12-10-2019

A little hard to follow

Although this book was a little difficult to follow, it was another great glimpse into history. It's hard to hear what people had to endure during the war. It makes one appreciate their sacrifices.

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  • BDundee
  • 01-11-2019

Fascinating story!

It reinforces the brutality of the Nazis and the courage of the men and women in the Resistance.

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  • Mrayanne Dineen
  • 13-10-2019

not her best

the story was very interesting but dragged at may points. the repetition of the theory of mental illness coming from family past trauma over and over was really wearing. the voice and accent of the primary reader was really grating.

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  • Pam
  • 09-10-2019

Memorable

This book will stay with me for a very long time. I moved between tears a smiles so often - the lines between kinship, love and horror where very close. I can only imagine how harrowing the research must have been.

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  • Great Tutu Kona
  • 07-11-2019

Not for me

Terrible narration, dismal story, slow moving plot, if any. I just couldn't face another hour of that voice.

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  • Meghan
  • 17-02-2020

The Dressmaker’s Gift

I very much enjoyed the story, but I found the narration to be choppy and forced.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2020

The Dressmaker's Gift

Present day story line was repetitious. Found the narration to be challenging. This one may be better in print.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-2020

Narration was a disappointment

I know the book itself has amazing reviews and I love audiobooks, but the narration in this was so bad that I found it distracting. The pacing, the intonation, the nasal tone... all difficult to tolerate.

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  • J Smith
  • 28-03-2020

Moving story

Excellent story. I really enjoy this. The narration was good. Highlighting the heroism of those dark times.

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  • Ria
  • 18-03-2020

Good book

I found it started slow but once you got to know the wartime characters it became a lot more interesting. I feel Harriet was somewhat feeble and needed a bit more back bone. Apart from this I enjoyed the book

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  • sm penson
  • 24-02-2020

Poor narration.

i haven't finished this yet as I'm really struggling with the narration, the tone and the emphasis is putting me off listening to the story. I'm not sure what has gone wrong but not easy to listen to at all. .

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  • deb
  • 18-02-2020

Probably better to read rather than audio book?

I tried really hard to listen to this audible book.
Unfortunately the narrator's voice began to feel like grating on metal- I couldn't work out what was irritating me most, her tone or her style etc . Sorry , but that's how it was for me. I didn't get that narked in the sample. Potentially I think this would be a good story to read & I am very disappointed that I couldn't continue with it .

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  • twinkle
  • 17-02-2020

Gripping

I have just finished it. 9hrs read over 24hrs. Glad I had a free day. Recommend it.

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  • H20
  • 06-02-2020

Poorly written

Narration drive me potty! The story was ok yes harrowing in parts, however the constant description of the the surroundings, ie the cat followed us to the... Or the swift wings fluttered... This is when the narration was at its most irritating, the accent, the freestyle of the voice, detracted from the story, not my thing sorry, to fluffy! Spoilt it entirely for me, the narration was neither modern woman, or woman, just silly at times, within the context,

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  • Missus-S
  • 05-02-2020

I dont like to give bad reviews but...

I've never left an Audible review previously, being content usually to just fill in the stars thing, however I felt so strongly about this that I really had to.
The story is alright, nothing new; female friendships in the French resistance, love, the atrocities of war. what I really REALLY struggled with (to the point of it distracting me from the story at times) was the voice of the narrator. It grated on me like nails on a chalkboard. Is English not her native language and she is attempting to hide a strong accent? Is she playing a part and believes that her intonation will add to the story (believe me, it does not).
I'm sorry. I know this is how you make your living Ms Narrator, but I think you should consider a different career path because I for one would never purchase another Audible book if you're narrating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-2020

excellent book

harrowing and emotional journey of courage enduring friendship and family tragedy with excellent narration. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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  • Andrew
  • 30-01-2020

Compelling

Really enjoyed this book very clever how the author has related issues from 1940's to present day.

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  • Annem
  • 13-12-2019

excellent

very good excellent story. have recommended this to friends and have purchased it a gift.