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The Scent Keeper

A Novel
Written by: Erica Bauermeister
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Woven through [Emmeline's] life's journey is a multi-layered story of fragrance and its evocative power, as strong and tenacious as this sensuous novel's plucky heroine." (Shelf Awareness)

Erica Bauermeister, the author of the February Reese's Book Club pick The Scent Keeper, presents a moving and evocative novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

Emmeline lives on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in glass bottles that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world - a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

Captivating and emotional, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.

©2019 Erica Bauermeister (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Wouldn’t recommend

If you like listening to half a book of someone describing scents you may like this book more than I did! I stuck with it but the story never picked up steam or caught my interest. The voice of the narrator did not seem to fit any of the characters in the book and was distracting. I listened to the entire book but was so tuned out by the end I can’t even say what happened.

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This book is really overrated

The descriptions of scent are really beautiful and it does make you think about the connection between scent and memory, but I did not enjoy this book. I think it should have been published as YA fiction - the story, dialogue and characters are juvenile and immature. I also really did not enjoy the narration, I found myself really annoyed with the different “voices” and found it hard to get into the story.

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  • Mb
  • 2020-03-14

I'm not sure

I really wanted to like this story. It seemed like such a unique concept. The first half of the book I really struggled to continue on listening. it wasn't catching me. It's such a strange story revolving around smells; very different but it just wasn't there for me. Then the book started to pick up in the second half and I actually started to really like it, anticipating a good ending which unfortunately didn't happen. I found the ending was cut off. like WHAT? what kind of ending is that!! it wasnt ended at all..not a cliff hanger or anything thing..just done. so it makes the story very weak too many loose ends. It just seems liked this whole story was sort of random and pointless. The narration was good but I felt her voices made the characters seem much older than they should be and that really bothered me. Fisher shouldn't have an old grandfather voice. It was disappointing, not one ide jump to reccomend.

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  • Marlyn Dahl
  • 2019-06-12

A heavy, sad read.

This is one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. I’m so sorry It is now in my “memory bank”.

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  • Gretel
  • 2020-02-06

Beautiful. Had to write.<br />

I almost didn't get this book, because a a review that said it was so sad. What? My life is 100x sader then this wonderful amazing tale. Real life mixed with the magic of scents. Just a warm wonderful story with characters full of flaws and convoluted reasoning just like we tell ourselves.
Get it. I will read it again. And I never write reviews and have listened to 180 audible books.
Worth the credit!!

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  • Karen
  • 2020-02-12

I never write a review but...

The plot may be great and I may have missed out on a really good story, but I’ll never know because I found part of the narration to be so annoying. When reading dialog for the main character’s father the narrator had, what I’d consider to be a very strange interpretation of how that character would speak. Specifically, she pronounced every “s” sound as an “sh.” I tried to battle my way through it...but it was like nails on a chalk board.

I couldn’t shtand it!

Sho... I jusht shtopped lishtening.

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  • jim
  • 2019-11-18

Interesting subject and well written

I enjoyed reading a new and different subject and how scent can play a part in our lives. As a retired search dog trainer I know that what the author is relating to how scent can be perceived is very true. The ending was beautiful constructed.

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  • Val
  • 2019-08-09

Richly descriptive

I hung on ever word even rewinding to hear some paragraphs over and over. I ordered a couple paperbacks. One to keep and highlight as well as one to personally hand to intimate friends. I did not want to let the characters go but the ending was perfect.

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  • SalJJon
  • 2019-07-03

Delightfully engrossing!

Having never read a book by Erica Burmeister before I was delightfully surprised at how immediately engrossed I became - and I proceeded to finish it in two days, reading the hard copy after starting it on Audible. It’s all fantastic reality. Try it, you won’t be sorry!

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  • Rbriank
  • 2019-11-07

very good<br />

it was recommended by a friend. it was really very good. it kept me coming back for more.

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  • J.
  • 2019-11-04

I never wanted it to end

It started out slow for me but was Completely worth it. Will definitely listen again.

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  • Kristi
  • 2019-06-02

Olfactory Play

You know that moment when you're reading and you wade into a vivid description or new concept that cracks open your imagination? I found myself reveling in that magic throughout this book. Evocative and clever, scent takes center stage. I found myself immersed in the life of Emmeline and pausing to untangle the notes of the scents around me.

Narration was tolerable.
I found it distracting with the lilt at the end sentences generally ending on a high note. The men's voices, not a fan.

Overall, a perfect Beach Read that harnesses your mind and nose, plunging you into new realms of discovery. Enjoy!

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  • Matt Steele
  • 2020-02-04

Must Read!!!!

This book is such a great storyline and kept me wanting more!! Stellar performance. Easily in my top 10 books this past year!!!! Looking for more by this author.

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