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I tried this book as an interesting diversion into the world of historic dress which has become a growing phenomenon. Blogs about historic clothing construction, dress-up dances, parties and conferences are on the rise these days. These discussions and events deal with the smallest details needed to recreate historic garb. This book was well written and nicely narrated.
The problem lies in the fact that the author may have exposed too much of the inner workings of her thoughts, marriage and life to the reader. The extremes the author was willing to take in order to wear antique garments, shoes and reproductions and appear beautiful was surprising. The quickness and harshness of her judgements of other people encountered day to day was painful. The idea that she "knew" what others were thinking about her and their motives became a window into a deeper issue all together. For me it was just too much raw information and vanity exposed and in the end felt embarrassing.
If you like loads of intimate personal detail, and an uncensored, often unkind stream of thoughts retold you might enjoy this listen. To me, pretty is as pretty does.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This book sounded condescending to all humanity besides herself and her husband. The entire story Sarah Chrisman's tells is self serving and had such a negative tone about all of the world around her. She was comfortable with labeling others, name calling "Ms Polyester" and "Mr. Tomato Head" and criticizing ffreely most of the people she encountered. The reading contributed to the negative tone. I was so looking forward to something delightful and charming, positive, and liberating.
What could Sarah A. Chrisman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
She tried too hard to convince the world how much of a liberated woman she is and just enjoyed telling her story. Everyone else is portrayed as idiots. She obviously gained self confidence and a greater sense of of self, it is such a shame.
Would you be willing to try another one of Kristin Kalbli’s performances?
No I would not be willing to listen to her again. I wonder if the reading was what cast such a negative tone to the reading of the book.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Victorian Secrets?
The migraine, so boring.
Any additional comments?
I couldn't wait for the book to end so I could write this review. I listen to so many wonderful books. This is just a great disappointment. I guess with the sales of this book she can have more custom corsets made, get a 1 bedroom apartment, and her own wi-fi.
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