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Perfume

The Story of a Murderer
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
Length: 9 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the slums of 18th-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift - an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. 

But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day, he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume" - the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

©1985 Diogenes Verlag AG; copyright 1986 by Alfred A. Knopf (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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A personal favourite

Perfume is one of my favourite books of all time, and I can honestly say that I’ve been waiting years for audible to release a production of this story, and it was absolutely fantastic!
Suskind’s prose is so eloquent, and Nigel Patterson’s vocal quality and dynamics embody the tone of the story and brings its characters to life in such a pleasing way. I will definitely be taking advantage of the fact that this is in my library now.

This is truly a beautiful book. A dark take on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.

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A Classic

I've read this book three times and I always discover something new. I put it in the same league as Dracula Frankenstein and I am Legend.

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Intriguing & captivating!

Having just been to Grasse, FR this summer... I found this book to be so captivating! The writing is so descriptive of the sense of smell! Which was unbelievably intriguing and unusual. I absolutely love this book!

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engrossing but boring-(anticlimactic)

i couldn’t stop listening but only because i kept waiting for something to happen. story is interesting but sort of anti-climatic. a little too artsy for me but i listened to it all. narrator has a monotone and honestly i found his voice boring.

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A must read

What a fantastic story! It’s a definite must read or in this case a must listen!

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Bizarre

This book made me uncomfortable, which is probably exactly what the author intended. It’s definitely worth a read!

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This is an unusual, highly entertaining story.

IGNORE THE COVER ART. It's Not a romance novel. It's unlike anything you've read or heard. I Gaurante you'll never have come across this subject matter. I read it in 1985 when it first came out in English- I had to ignore the cover art then, too. When I saw it on Audible, I remembered the essence of the plot- and how much I'd enjoyed it, for the wonderful imagery and intriguing story. I'm glad I got it for a long drive down the North CA coast- in the rain. The narrator "has it" - it's how I'd hear it in my head (if I could pronounce French nouns). Delighted to find another author to follow. I've listen to an average of 5 audible books a month (since about 2001) which is a bunch of books. So I have trouble finding new books via the search function. So I now follow narrators regardless of the genre (who knew I'd like sci-fi?) or how much I dislike the cover art. (See the 1st of the Joe Ledger novels. loved the narrator- was put off by the cover) If you're looking for a romance novel, don't get this.




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Unexpected ended

fascinating story with an extensive descriptive narrative that captures the attention of the reader. situations of human behavior comparable with today

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More interesting but less beautiful than the movie

As a huge fan of the movie I was thrilled with the idea of reading this book. And while I wasn't disappointed I was left rather cold by the telling. A part of this no doubt is due to the fact that the lead character Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is a misanthropic sociopath but part a of it is in the author himself.

Grenouille's lack of human kindness seems to pervade every aspect of the narrative. Descriptions of the markets, countrysides, even human aspirations are strangely infected. Had the book been written in first person this absence of juxtaposition would be entirely appropriate (perhaps even engrossing) but Suskind presents the story as a kind of historical fiction and all his characters come across as self absorbed broken people seen through a slightly jaundiced eye.

Perhaps this was an attempt at creating a literary atmosphere but I doubt it. My guess is it was an unintended confession by it's author. Even so it only kept me from giving the book a 5th star. Who says you have to like people to write a great story? And in the end that's what Perfume: The Story of a Murder is, a great story.

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Ick.

Liked nothing about it except I learned how perfume was made in the 18th century. aside from that it was weird and long suffering.

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