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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (477 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chandler Burr Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultra-secretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances. Now, writing with wit and elegance, he juxtaposes the stories of the perfumes—one created by a Frenchman in Paris for an exclusive luxury-goods house, the other made in New York by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Coty, Inc., a giant international corporation. We follow Coty’s mating of star power to the marketing of perfume, watching Sex and the City’s Parker heading a hugely expensive campaign to launch a scent into the overcrowded celebrity market. Will she match the success of Jennifer Lopez? Does she have the international fan base to drive worldwide sales?

In Paris at the elegant Hermès, we see Jean Claude Ellena, his company’s new head perfumer, given a challenge: he must create a scent to resuscitate Hermès’s perfume business and challenge le monster of the industry, bestselling Chanel No. 5. Will his pilgrimage to a garden on the Nile supply the inspiration he needs? The answer lies in Burr’s informative and mesmerizing portrait of some of the extraordinary personalities who envision, design, create, and launch the perfumes that drive their billion-dollar industry.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/11/2014

    " When Chandler Burr is good, he's very good, but when he's bad, he's better--meaning he can write beautifully about fragrances he loves, but when it comes to acerbic criticism of scents he hates, he is downright hilarious. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to pull the verlvet curtain back on the mysterious (and, at times, nonsensical) world of perfume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paddy | 12/26/2013

    " Not as good as Burr's Emperor of Scent, but I learned more of what I'd like to know about how perfume is made. Burr is a fine writer. This subject amuses and pleases me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Francesca | 11/23/2013

    " I loved this audio book! I'm going to buy samples of some of the perfumes and I want to read the print edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sienna | 11/7/2013

    " i tend not to read a lot of non-fict, but i loved this. burr did a great job of keeping me interested and making the science understandable. "

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About the Author
Author Chandler Burr

Chandler Burr is the New York Times perfume critic and the author of The Emperor of Scent: A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses and A Separate Creation. Burr, who earned a master’s in international economics and Japan studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, has written for the Atlantic; the New York Times Magazine; US News & World Report, where he was a contributing editor; and the New Yorker. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”