Friday, October 19, 2012

review: coco chanel by lisa chaney

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It’s hard to imagine that a biography on someone as remarkable as Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel could be boring, but that’s exactly what Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life was as Lisa Chaney tediously documented events and people with only a little bearing on Chanel.  The biography could go on for pages without mention of its subject.  Furthermore, Chaney constantly bragged about her new findings and pompously pointed out flaws in previous accounts of Chanel’s life.  It was not unusual to read things like, “It has been customary to say that Gabrielle began embroidering her clothing under the influence of her Russian lover, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich.  This is quite wrong.”  It became quite off-putting.

About the narrator:  Carole Boyd is British while Chanel was French, but the European accent and French pronunciations were a nice touch to the audiobook version.  It made some of the book seem more alive.  However, Boyd frequently dropped to sotto voice, which sent me racing for the volume control far too many times.  
Review copy provided by AudioGO.
To purchase the audio version, go to the AudioGO website.

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