The Queen of Paris: A Novel of Coco Chanel

Written by:
Pamela Binnings Ewen
Narrated by:
Gabrielle De Cuir

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2020
15 hours 8 minutes
Called “top-notch historical fiction” by Publishers Weekly, this meticulously researched, bestselling novel of Coco Chanel is as elegant as the woman who inspired it.

Legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel is revered for her sophisticated style—the iconic little black dress—and famed for her intoxicating perfume Chanel No. 5. Yet behind the public persona is a complicated woman of intrigue, shadowed by mysterious rumors. The Queen of Paris, the new novel from award-winning author Pamela Binnings Ewen, is fiction based on facts, some uncovered only within the past few years, and vividly imagines the hidden life of Chanel during the four years of Nazi occupation in Paris in the midst of WWII.

Coco Chanel could be cheerful, lighthearted, and generous; she also could be ruthless, manipulative, even cruel. Against the winds of war, with the Wehrmacht marching down the Champs-Élysées, Chanel finds herself residing alongside the Reich’s High Command in the Hotel Ritz. Surrounded by the enemy, Chanel wages a private war of her own to wrestle full control of her perfume company from the hands of her Jewish business partner, Pierre Wertheimer. With anti-Semitism on the rise, he has escaped to the United States with the confidential formula for Chanel No. 5. Distrustful of his intentions to set up production on the outskirts of New York City, Chanel fights to seize ownership. The House of Chanel shall not fall.

While Chanel struggles to keep her livelihood intact, Paris sinks under the iron fist of German rule. Chanel—a woman made of sparkling granite—will do anything to survive. She will even agree to collaborate with the Nazis in order to protect her darkest secrets. When she is covertly recruited by Germany to spy for the Reich, she becomes Agent F-7124, code name: Westminster. But why? And to what lengths will she go to keep her stormy past from haunting her future?

Don’t miss Pamela Binnings Ewen’s dazzling new historical fiction novel Émilienne, about the young woman who was once considered not only the most beautiful, sought-after woman in Paris—but all of Europe.
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Carol M.

Interesting biography of a complex woman. While sharing much about the life and motivations of Chanel, the author does a wonderful job describing the locations and challenges of living in France during the time of Hitlers rise and fall. The narrator was wonderful!

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Patty I

Wish I could give this narrator 10 stars. She was wonderful. Book is a very good listen. Highly recommended!!

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Lisa Marshall

This book held my attention and the narrator was excellent. Would definitely recommend

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Loved the story, the drama and the characters. Highly recommend.

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Emily M.

Very well written, in some parts too well written (the more harrowing parts).

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I really enjoyed this book. It amazes me what people would do to survive a war, even if it’s in the wrong.

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I found this book engrossing. I may not have always like the character of Coco Chanel, or her actions, but I admired her as a survivor. The presentation of life in Nazi-occupied France during WWII was especially interesting.

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Louise McCartney

A really enjoyable read & an interesting look at the war as a backdrop

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Frauke B.

A really great book which is greatly narrated

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Evelyn P.

It was really interesting and a great story. I enjoyed the narrator as well. Would recommend it.

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Gina M.

Narrator did an excellent job! Interesting perspective of WWII through the eyes of Coco Chanel. Loved the surprise ending! Worth the listen.

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Bec Burns

I absolutely enjoyed this book. I found it hard to stop listening and wanted to know more. The narration was wonderful.

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Linda S.

This book really held my attention. It makes me what to go out and purchase a bottle of Number 5. The narrator is excellent. I will definitely listen to more of her work.

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Shirley B.

Enjoyable...some scenes corresponded with "The Dressmaker" Although fiction could verify some events. Great read.

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Akjemal M.

Loved the narration, so passionate, translating the emotions, culture and personality traits. Bravo!

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