Sunday, April 17, 2016

544 (2016 #10). The Dressmaker's War

by Mary Chamberlain, 
read by Susan Duerden

Historical fiction, beginning in 1939, about a talented English would-be modiste who makes some bad choices and is trapped by the Nazis into making dresses for German women at Dachau.  Unfortunately, Ada continues to make some bad choices after the war ends and she returns home, but they are complicated by postwar conditions in England (that were particularly unfriendly to working-class women, as was the judicial system) and an unsupportive family.  Mary Chamberlain's novel is compelling.

Sadly, I cannot recommend the audio version.  British actress Susan Duerden's reading drove me nuts.  She ended EVERY single sentence with the same emphasis on the next to last syllable, making the reading almost sing-song.  I had to quit listening and switch to the e-book to finish the novel.  The e-book did have the historical note and acknowledgements the print book has at the end.


© Amanda Pape - 2016

[The audiobook, as well as an e-book and a print copy, were borrowed from and returned to my local public library.]

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