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Even though it's based on true events, this story is fantastic; cross dressing, conscription, love, and capture. In Henriette we have a heroine worthy of Dumas. Yet in her ability to reflect and adapt, she's a modern character.
In addition to the nail biting narrative, "Woman in Battle Dress" is beautifully written, with a lyrical and fresh translation that laid me out: "What they know of you in New Orleans is nothing but secondhand gossip spread by travelers from Havana; rumors repeated by sailors and merchants who, hoping to amaze their listeners, turn evrey drizzle into a downpour, every chicken's death into a horrifying murder."
Most impressive of all is the jaw-dropping performance by Audie winner Robin Miles. Warm, sure, and clear, with a complete mastery of the century-spanning Afro-Cuban and European dialects and languages. She's a born storyteller.
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