If you want to better enjoy this book, speed up to 1 and and half for the listening speed. I think that's her true reading speed, but her voice was slowed down to disguise that this book is extremely short.
I still felt it was worth purchasing. The story about her being perhaps the only White House intern who failed to attract JFK's sexual interest because of her bad perm is priceless...
This is a terrific read, especially if you're interested in vintage perfume. The story revolves around so much more than perfume, though. It's got interesting plot twists, well drawn characters, and a real sense of someone finding out about who they are as a person and discovering personal freedom. The writer also has a knack for capturing the mannerisms and little nuances of people in a past time. I never discovered a dull stretch or unbelievable plot line in the entire book, and it was so easy to get through. I actually looked forward to getting on the bus for my daily listen!
This was not really about perfume but more of a commercial for JoAnne Bassett perfumes.
I learned about how Ms. Bassett got interested in her perfume business and what some of her perfumes are like, but I learned almost nothing about perfume in general
Pleasant, warm, cheerful
There were no characters!
No! He made the main female character, Muriel, sound like Jerry Lewis in one of his comedies. I can't imagine any man finding this woman alluring with the interpretation he gives her. Geena Davis did a far better performance in the film.
It's interesting that Muriel was portrayed much more sympathetically in the film and Kathleen Turner came off badly. In the book she's a bit more likable, and the book also fleshes out a lot of Macon's feelings (such as they are.) I would recommend the film over a reading of the novel, however. It's still a fine story with amusing characters.
This book just became tedious to listen to, and I would have to force myself to finish it. Not one likable character out of the three major ones, and the only interesting character was Eli, the original patriarch of the Texas family. The characters were not well-rounded, and I found it difficult to even care what happened to any of them.
The violence and lack of any sort of warmth or affection was also a severe turn-off. Even one character's love affair with a woman seemed more based on guilt and obsession than anything real.
The only reason I even awarded it two stars was because some historical research seemed to have been done for the book, and it was interesting reading about some of the history of the times in this area.
The final ending was an unrealistic bore, sounding phony and contrived, as though the author was trying a little too hard for "poetic justice." His theme, "the chickens will come home to roost," was beaten over your head just a little too much.
The narrators were all great, and I awarded them 5 stars.
I thought this would be more of a research study oriented book. It began with referencing a number of scientific studies and psychological aspects of introversion that I found really interesting. But then it deteriorated into sort of a homespun self-help guide with advice and too many personal anecdotes.
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