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Girl with a Pearl Earring Audiobook

Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Publisher's Summary

An international best seller with over two million copies sold, this is a story of an artist's desire for beauty and the ultimate corruption of innocence.

17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children. But as she becomes part of his world and his work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and, as the scandal seeps out, into the town beyond.

Tracy Chevalier's extraordinary historical novel on the corruption of innocence and the price of genius is a contemporary classic.

©2006 Tracy Chevalier (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Tracy Lyme Regis, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Tracy Lyme Regis, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful."

    A picture paints a thousand words, isn't that how the saying goes? These words painted a picture for me. I loved it and it's a favourite listen if I need a little quiet time. Don't bother if you want action and adventure, do if you want to sink heart and soul into 17th Century Holland and follow one life through the streets, sights smells and all.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01/12/2013
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    "love love love"
    Where does Girl with a Pearl Earring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl with a Pearl Earring?

    It was all memorable, I loved the pace and countenance


    What does Hattie Morahan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She brings the story alive. Books that have a narrator really lend themselves well to the format.


    Any additional comments?

    I have seen the film and in comparison to the book It seems clumsy and misses the subtleties of the story. You realise that films flatten such stories as you can't know what people are thinking in the same way. The film misses so much of the point of the relationship that I could hardly bear to watch it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer UK 15/10/2013
    Amazon Customer UK 15/10/2013 Member Since 2014

    I love history books as well as good historical fiction (it has to be accurate), and fantasy. I don't like crime novels or biographies.

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    "Beautiful story, beautifully read"
    What made the experience of listening to Girl with a Pearl Earring the most enjoyable?

    I particularly loved the slow-paced plot full of wonderful descriptions of Delft, of Vermeer's home and family, and of his paintings. There is also a gradual sexual tension between Griet and Vermeer which adds an interesting dimension to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was fascinated by Maria Thins, who was Vermeer's mother-in-law. She seemed to know everything that went on in the house, and worked with Griet to help Vermeer complete his paintings.


    Which character – as performed by Hattie Morahan – was your favourite?

    Griet was my favourite character. She was beautifully portrayed by Hattie Morahan. Serious, quiet, yet passionate and bright, she is the most fully-developed character in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I would read again - it is full of details of life in Delft at the time of Vermeer, and you almost feel as though you are in one of his paintings.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie Bedford 03/10/2016
    Sophie Bedford 03/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Utter brilliance"

    This book is beautifully crafted, the author transports you to 17th century Holland into the home of The painter Vermeer. The descriptions are colorful and rich and the story so vivid it fills your imagination. One of the best books I've ever read.

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    S. Lancaster England 22/02/2016
    S. Lancaster England 22/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful sympathetic reading."

    Beautiful way to enjoy a story of art, love, loss and life enduring.

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    Amazon Customer 03/01/2016
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    "Very interesting story."
    Would you listen to Girl with a Pearl Earring again? Why?

    Yes! I really enjoyed this story which is sensitive and capturing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The heroine because she endured such a lot of I'll feeling from so many of the other characters for no reason.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When she was asked by the master to help prepare the paint.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried quite often.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the book and will listen again and again. It is well read , clear and distinct.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    baharnn Brunei 07/10/2015
    baharnn Brunei 07/10/2015 Member Since 2012

    Book and audiobook hoarder. nvg.

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    "Amazing story read by a great narrator."
    Where does Girl with a Pearl Earring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high - although not as high as 'Strange Meeting' by Susan Hill. Still, 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' is one of my favourite physical fiction books of all time.


    What does Hattie Morahan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Madam Morahan has a wonderful voice and she brings the words she reads to life. This book is already beautifully written and she made it better. She also gives distinct voices to all the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It almost was. However, since I usually listen to my audiobooks while driving to work and back, I had to listen to this in installments. It still made my drive very enjoyable anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you have read the physical book (like I have before this audiobook), I'd still highly recommend you to listen to this because of Hattie Morahan's performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 22/07/2015
    Janet 22/07/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Wistful, evocative, compelling"

    I've seen the film and was looking for an audio book that I could lose myself in, and happily sleep to at night. This is a beautiful story, sensitively read by the wonderful Hattie Morahan. who played Elinor Dashwood in the TV rendition of Sense and Sensibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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