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  • Coco Chanel

  • The Legend and the Life
  • By: Justine Picardie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Harwood
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Justine Picardie has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, attempting to peel away the accretions of romance and lies. In this full-scale biography we finally discover the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now. Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor - she conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent biography of a facinating woman

  • By JenPeter on 12-03-11

Terrible narration and pronunciations, HarperAudio should be ashamed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

As bad as the narrator was, equal blame must apply to the producers of this audiobook. Why did they hire someone who can barely pronounce English words never mind French? This poor actress has clearly never mastered her native language (she can’t pronounce “visceral”, “eviscerate” or “peremptory” at all) and massacres whole sections of the book with blithe indifference to English. As for her French pronunciation, it’s an insult to Chanel and the language of France. Abysmal production of what should have been a great listen. Woefully miscast. HarperAudio should be ashamed

  • The Gathering

  • By: Anne Enright
  • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather together in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him-although that certainly helped-it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly crafted novel

  • By Helen on 04-05-10

What a sensational book

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Stunning. A beautiful, heart rending, sometimes hilarious, always insightful book. Enright is a wonder. And Fiona Shaw's superb reading of this book does it a great service