The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes.
Published: [New York] : Random House Audio, p2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780307970121
0307970124
Branch Call Number: SPOKEN CD F ALC
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Duerden, Susan

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martins_mom Jun 21, 2017

We can't seem to get enough about the Titanic. This story focuses more on the aftermath of the sinking, and the contradictory stories told about what really happened. Who was wrong to try and save themselves rather than sacrificing for someone else? A good take on human philosophies, and an engaging love story too.

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janetrenrut
Aug 27, 2014

Great story from The Titanic.

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DeltaQueen50
Jun 22, 2014

I had very mixed feelings about The Dressmaker. I thought the details about the Titanic were authentic and interesting. The author scattered enough real people throughout her story to give it a feeling of the times. However, the love story part of the book didn’t enthrall me. Being torn between the rich, older man and the younger, earnest one was a familiar plot and as I felt no chemistry between any of the parties, the passion was sadly lacking.

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poodlegirl
Jan 09, 2014

Sadly, this story could have been very good, but the writing was really weak. Every main character was such an exaggeration...the baddies were REALLY bad, the sweet, young heroine was absolutely syrupy, and so on. I enjoyed, however, learning more about the ever-fascinating night of the sinking of the Titanic and some of the facts that were associated with it. For example, I'd never heard that the husband-wife team, Isador & Ida Straus, who owned Macy's, went down voluntarily to save others. Nor had I heard details about the self centered British couple, the Duff-Gordons, and the story of their lifeboat #1. It is disappointing when there's a good potential for a story to be told and an inept author tries to do it...

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maipenrai
Jun 27, 2013

*** STARS The storyline follows 4 survivors of the sinking of the Titanic. Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess meets two men, one an uneducated but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. On the 4th night the Titanic sinks. The sailor witnesses Lord and Lady Duff Gordon?s questionable actions during the tragedy. Rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later the official U. S. hearings on the Titanic and the behavior of passengers and crew. Instead of focusing on the disaster itself, most of this novel takes place after the sinking and looks at the hearings and the impact of the disaster on the lives of the surviving passengers, especially on their ethical / unethical behaviors in order to save themselves and others. Much is based on real events. I liked this point of view and the ultimate choices made by Tess. Recommend

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ckersting
Jun 15, 2013

the annoying, sing-songy, British tabloid reporter style (think Robin Leach) of the narrator is so annoying I challenge you to listen to the whole thing! I couldn't do it.

samdog123 Dec 27, 2012

First time author Kate Alcott, writes about the Titanic and what happens to characters afterwards. Lady Duff Gordon is one of the main characters. You can read more about her in Kate Pullinger's Mistress of Nothing, which is an excellent title. This one is really just mediocre. I listened to it on cd in the car, but probably would not have persevered reading the book at all.

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