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  • Kabul Beauty School

  • An American Woman Goes behind the Veil
  • By: Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 199

Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Here, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and of the vibrant women who were her students. When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
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  • By Becky on 06-14-07

An independent woman is a happy woman...Touched !.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes i would and i have ... I work for audible and i listen to many books monthly. I have recommended it to several customers who i think would be blessed by the message such as teachers and councellors who i feel can use it in their daily lives to inspire the lives of women they meet daily . Kabul beauty school gave an insight into a culture not known to many westerners . The ideals women in the west cultivate , encourage and live happily, seem to be unknown to that of the afghan women . I hope the stories of these brave and ground breaking women inspire women world wide ... To be taught something is to gain knowledge , to learn from experience gives confidence

What other book might you compare Kabul Beauty School to and why?

none that i have read but it was really good

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no i havent

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

Yes it left me wanting more constantly

Any additional comments?

i hope the book touched others the way it touched me . Positivily...

  • Mademoiselle Chanel

  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to an orphanage after their mother's death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle's exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction Not Biography

  • By Sara on 02-07-16

Mesmerizing and more than a life time of dreams !

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Mademoiselle Chanel to be better than the print version?

i didnt read the paper back but the Audio is beautiful and riveting !

What did you like best about this story?

I like the indepth truth that lies in the undertones of the story ! My life is forever changed .

Which scene was your favorite?

All the scenes are my favorites ! Coco Chanel reigns as Queen of modern garments as we see it . A woman before her time , in how she lived her life and in her craft !

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed ! i cried ! i looked into my own life and i learned lessons ! C'est Mangnifique !

Any additional comments?

It is a great story and the narrator was exceptional . She gave an excellent performance . Her inflections and accents were on point with every word . My favorite quote was when Emilienne said "Choices are a womans weapons "
Choices are all our weapons thats the 1st lesson !