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Perfume Audiobook

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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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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    Angela London, UK 05/05/2014
    Angela London, UK 05/05/2014 Member Since 2012

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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
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    Isabelle United Kingdom 26/03/2015
    Isabelle United Kingdom 26/03/2015 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Alchemist 22/01/2015
    J. Alchemist 22/01/2015 Member Since 2012

    Sci Fi and Fantasy Fan

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    "Captivating story"
    If you could sum up Perfume in three words, what would they be?

    Unusual, Fragrant, Dark


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    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
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    Darren - UK 25/06/2014
    Darren - UK 25/06/2014 Member Since 2016
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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
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    Isabel Dipper 15/10/2016
    Isabel Dipper 15/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A beautiful, horrible classic."

    I read this book years ago- and saw the film. It is absorbing, evocative and a feast for the senses. The narration of this audible version is gorgeous. I was lost in the rich descriptions of the rise and fall of this unique, fascinating and rather frightening character. Poetic prose. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr.Anas.Nashawi 04/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Rubbish"

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

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    Mervi Junnonaho Jyväskylä 23/06/2016
    Mervi Junnonaho Jyväskylä 23/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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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


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    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!

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    Rajinder Kaur Atwal 24/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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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

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    perspective 20/03/2016
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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.

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    JayBee Darlington 30/12/2015
    JayBee Darlington 30/12/2015 Member Since 2014

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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

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    27/02/16
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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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