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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (313 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo Narrator: Liz de Nesnera Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Who knew that such a tiny bottle housed so many secrets?” —Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the Birkin

Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of the New York Times bestseller The Widow Clicquot (an Amazon Best of the Month book in October 2008) returns with a captivating history of the world’s most famous, seductive, and popular perfume: Chanel No. 5. Mazzeo’s sweeping story of the iconic scent (known as “le monstre” in the fragrance industry) stretches from Coco Chanel’s early success to the rise of the seminal fragrance during the 1950s to the confirmation of its bestseller status in today’s crowded perfume market.

“Here is the life of one of the 20th century’s most interesting and deeply complicated women, a fascinating cultural history, and the story of an extraordinary perfume.” —Chandler Burr, New York Times scent critic and author of The Perfect Scent

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Mazzeo] explores interconnections between designer and perfume, teasing out the relationship with delicacy.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Engaging.” 

    Wall Street Journal 

  • “Who knew that such a tiny bottle housed so many secrets?” 

    Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the Birkin 

  • “Impeccable research and crafting make a seemingly narrow topic feel infinitely important.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Cooley | 1/31/2014

    " Kind of repetitive, but good for a light read. A much better book about perfume is "The Perfect Scent" by Chandler Burr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lexi | 1/12/2014

    " This book was surprisingly interesting. You would never believe the complicated history that has been weaved behind this perfume, and how much of an icon it has become in our culture today. I love learning about CoCo Chanel and her life and this book was just another interesting piece to the story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Milli | 1/9/2014

    " My mother has a bottle of No. 5, and she always has. My grandmother wore it. It's a very historical perfume, and I'm glad I read this book to truly understand the beauty and magic behind it. The facts and backstory were very interesting, but the author has a tendency to jump around between the years. The history of Chanel No. 5 is a complicated one, indeed, with all of the people, events, and inspiration surrounding it. Sometimes I got a little lost reading it. But overall an entertaining read. I must admit I had to spray some on myself while reading, just to appreciate it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angela | 1/7/2014

    " The book was good. The Perfume, better. "

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