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The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 0 (910 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Karbo Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Delving into the long, extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of book, exploring Chanel's philosophy on a range of universal themes - from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms.

Chanel is credited not simply with giving us the little black dress and boxy jackets, but with popularizing pants for women and easy, practical clothes that allowed women a chic freedom they'd never known before. In her strong-headed, elegant, opinionated, passionate, entirely French way, Coco Chanel helped bring women into the modern era, and because of this she was the only person in fashion to be named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.

Karen Karbo weaves Chanel's life story into chapter themes that subtly convey life lessons and leave the reader utterly entranced with Chanel's amazing individuality, confidence, and determination. The story of the designer's extraordinary life and rise to unprecedented success is both compelling and admirable. And while the great Coco may have launched her singular empire a hundred years ago, her methods, attitude, and élan are as relevant and modern as ever, and perhaps more appealing. Chanel was a self-made girl who knew how to make do with less until she had more, discover and stay true to her own style, problem solve using the tools at hand, and do it all with seemingly effortless flair. The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is a captivating, offbeat look at style, celebrity, and self-invention - all held together with Karbo's droll Chanel-style commentary and culled from an examination of Chanel's difficult childhood and triumphant adulthood, passionate love affairs, career choices, habits, eccentricities, and personal philosophies.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Martha | 2/15/2014

    " Just as with her books about Kate Hepburn and O'Keefe, i loved it! I wonder who she'll tackle next. i wrote and asked but I doubt she'll feel compelled to inform me since the last two I got from the library so I'm not lining her pockets. Just a bit of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by L. Brady | 1/24/2014

    " Although I think the fashion world is more ridiculous than most soap operas, I nonetheless do view certain designers as true artists. Coco Chanel may not have been Galliano-tastic or have the quirkiness of Gaultier, but she created a baseline of elegance that few designers have reached. The book is less about fashion, I feel, and more about creating the self. Chanel, like most designers, was her own biggest fan. She would have to be in the cut-throat arena of fashion. Her iconoclastic and legendary status often overshadows her actual work. Who really knows about her work beyond the boucle suit and the #5 perfume? She has many great, albeit contradictory at times, aphorisms about topics ranging from the necessity of good shoes to what it means to be feminine. The author occasional critiques, or calls buls--t, on the philosophy of Chanel, but nevertheless admires the fashion icon for the same reason I do: Coco Chanel was who she was and made no apologies. In a world where women are simultaneously praised and prosecuted, Chanel is sometimes a reminder that greatness can be based in simplicity and not every woman wants to be a wife and mother, which does not make her less as a woman. She reminds us that there is a power in choosing, along with consequences, which are not necessarily negative but what we must live with in the end. Her "no regrets" philosophy appeals particularly to me, a woman swimming in a sea of petty regrets. It also inspired me to go through my wardrobe and really consider what I like to wear and the fact that a monochromatic wardrobe is easy to deal with. I even bought a few strands of pearls and glass jewels with chains. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Celeste | 1/5/2014

    " Quick and easy w/just enough history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Tracy | 1/4/2014

    " I couldn't even finish the book....just never got into it. "

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About the Author

Karen Karbo is the author of three novels, all of which were named New York Times Notable Books; four nonfiction books—including How to Hepburn and The Stuff of Life, a People magazine’s Critic’s Choice—and three books for young adults. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Outside, Elle, Vogue, More, and Salon.com.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.