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Perfume Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

A downloadable audiobook edition of the modern classic Perfume read by Sean Barrett.

Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: This is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: A sense of smell more powerful than any other human's.

Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: The scent of a young virgin. And to get it he must kill. And kill. And kill...

©2014 Patrick Suskind; 2014 Penguin Books Limited

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    Caro 02-27-16
    Caro 02-27-16
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    "Amazing narration"

    I love the book and the narrator truly added a very nice rhythm to this audio version of it. This book is a great start for anyone looking something intriguing and kind of mysterious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Angela
    London, UK
    5/5/14
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    "Fascinating idea"

    No odour and an unimaginable sense of smell combine to make an intriguing story which is beautifully narrated. I wholeheartedly recommend this novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. Alchemist
    1/22/15
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    "Captivating story"
    If you could sum up Perfume in three words, what would they be?

    Unusual, Fragrant, Dark


    Any additional comments?

    Not the traditional book I would go for but definitely no regrets here. Dark and pretty witty in places.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    6/25/14
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    "WoW! what a book Im dumbfound."
    What did you like most about Perfume?

    This is going to be hard There are no words to describe how much I love this book. I'm not just being colorful I really don't know how to communicate what this book did for me it's nothing short of soul changing I'm not the same person I was when I started reading this is a true classic the effect this book has had on me is profound. The narration was perfect and I can't recommend this book highly enough


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr.Anas.Nashawi
    8/4/16
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    "Rubbish"

    Absolute rubbish and boring and makes no sense.Wild imagination of the author based on a silly idea

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mervi Junnonaho
    Jyväskylä
    6/23/16
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    "One of my favourite audiobooks so far"
    If you could sum up Perfume in three words, what would they be?

    Suprising, haunting, clever


    Any additional comments?

    In 1996 Moonspell released a song called Herr Spiegelman. Part of that song lyrics is from this book, it was so fascinating that I wrote those lines down. 20 Years later I saw those lines in my notebook, googled it and found this audiobook.
    What can I say.. it was worth to wait and this book is now absolutely one of my favourite audiobooks. Story is unusuall and clever, narrative is absolutely brilliant and the whole package is just so great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rajinder Kaur Atwal
    5/24/16
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    "a great book with an amazing narrator"

    the world of Jean Baptiste is so frightening real. this is well written with a fantastic narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • perspective
    3/20/16
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    "Outstanding!"
    If you could sum up Perfume in three words, what would they be?

    Sensory feast


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characterisation is excellent. The olfactory imagery is rich. The story compelling.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Saturate your senses!


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JayBee
    Darlington
    12/30/15
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    "Perfume by patrick suskind"

    One ot the strangest stories I have ever read i thoroughly enjoyed it and have gone back over it several times a brilliant story well written and well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Posysmum
    5/26/15
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    "A fascinating tale!"
    What did you like most about Perfume?

    The despicable, disgusting little frog (Grenouille), always the underdog, with an extraordinary gift that drives him to madness. One of the most extraordinary stories I have ever heard - fascinating!


    What other book might you compare Perfume to, and why?

    I have never read or heard anything quite like it!


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Always a fantastic narrator. It was partly his credit which made me choose this title - and I'm very pleased I did!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was a book I sat for hours listening to, enthralled!


    Any additional comments?

    I had never had any experience of this author before, but will definitely seek out further examples of his work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isabelle
    United Kingdom
    3/26/15
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    "Stunning! The narration deserves 10 stars."

    Didn't know what to expect, other than great narration as it was read by Sean Barrett. Even though I've listened to a lot of books narrated by Sean Barrett, I was surprised to find that he seems to have found yet another new voice for this book. His wonderful narration suits the beautiful language of this book.

    It's not the story so much, as the beauty of the prose, the sensual descriptions and the vivid characterisations that I really enjoyed. I'm sure I wouldn't have got the same enjoyment if I'd read the book myself.

    As soon as I'd finished listening, I started it again, and I listen to snippets as a treat alongside other books.

    And, just like Grenouille who lives in fear of never experiencing a certain smell again, I find myself afraid that one day I won't be able to listen to this audiobook any more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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