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The Miniaturist Audiobook

The Miniaturist Audiobook

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Audible Editor Reviews

Winner of the Specsavers Book of the Year Award 2014, the National Book Awards: New Writer of the Year 2014 and Waterstones Book of the Year 2014, The Miniaturist is written by rising fiction star Jessie Burton and narrated by the author in this complete and unabridged audiobook. Hear of the unique love story of Nella Oortman, whose life changes forever when she leaves her family in the countryside and enters the house of her new husband. Find yourself as curious as Nella about the wedding gift she receives from her husband. A tantalising story available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Specsavers Book of the Year Award 2014

National Book Awards: New Writer of the Year 2014

Waterstones Book of the Year 2014

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways. Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall? Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

Jessie Burton was born in 1982. She studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, and has worked as an actress and a PA in the City. She now lives in south-east London, not far from where she grew up.

©2014 Jessie Burton (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    Jennifer McCullough Scotland, U.K. 21/01/2016
    Jennifer McCullough Scotland, U.K. 21/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Ludicrous"

    Loved part one, then slowly became disillusioned as the storyline became more and more unbelievable. in the end, it was so irritating. I DID finish it, but I had invested time in it.
    I don't believe the emotions this girl had at the end. Too much was not believable as being set in 1687. No, I wouldn't recommend it. Too many adjectives as well!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna M. 20/01/2016
    Joanna M. 20/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't make it through..."

    A classic example of how an audible book can be abandoned due to authors narration. Too sing songy poemy. Disappointing.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    LH, England 24/12/2015
    LH, England 24/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing & very annoying narrator"
    Would you try another book written by Jessie Burton or narrated by Jessie Burton?

    I might consider another book written by her, but DEFINITELY NOT anything narrated by her.


    Has The Miniaturist put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone voice, inability to act. It's taking me ages to finish as the voice is alternately grating & monotonous so I'm distracted from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Obviously I fell for the hype around this title. The idea is good, but I'm finding the main character irritating & not that likeable. I can't sympathise with her, which is a pity as the concept is a good one.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 09/06/2015
    Laura 09/06/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing..."

    Was really excited about this book but didn't enjoy it at all. Really disappointed. Authors voice was quite silly and it became irritating. Listened to the end and my opinion didn't change.

    Saw some great reviews but was disappointed myself.

    The characters were interesting but the actual storyline was not great and I lost interest.

    Overall I wouldn't recommend this book and was disappointed- sorry to have to say that!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    L Swansea, United Kingdom 24/05/2015
    L Swansea, United Kingdom 24/05/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic story"

    Beautifully written, this novel creates a whole world which you slip into. It twists and turns and takes you by surprise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DebNwood Norwich, Norfolk, England 20/05/2015
    DebNwood Norwich, Norfolk, England 20/05/2015 Listener Since 2010
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    "Tricky to get in to"

    Once I got into this book I did enjoy it. It is narrated in present tense, which is quite difficult to get your head around at first. The narrator is also the author, and sadly, I don't think she's a very good narrator. At some parts, it is difficult to tell the characters apart, as there are no inflections or indications in the characters voice to tell you who is speaking. I felt the ending didn't really explain the background of the miniaturist, and her story was added on an afterthought and was a let down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jr uk 13/05/2015
    Jr uk 13/05/2015
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    "Mystery book"

    The narrator was brilliant, the book took a long time to get going, enjoyed from chapter 35 onwards, not what I expected . Was it magical , who knows

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 08/05/2015
    Amanda 08/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this book!"
    Where does The Miniaturist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've listened to so far. You can hear how much the author cares for the characters in her voice as she's narrating and I felt it was clear which character was her favourite.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa O Doc London 08/05/2015
    Lisa O Doc London 08/05/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "2nd half boring, story just died off a bit"

    The writer was not great as the narrator. I got past that as the story started off interesting but didn't amount to anything that I found particularly captivating

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jemma Kamara 07/05/2015
    Jemma Kamara 07/05/2015
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    "Disappointing narrative and shallow characters"

    I was really expecting to enjoy The Miniaturist however I found the story fairly underwhelming and found out really hard to care about any of the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robinvale, Australia
    28/09/15
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    "Intriguing"

    Set in Amsterdam in the 1600's, a time of harsh social justice. Newly married 18 year old Nella arrives in the city from the country to find herself part of a very unusual household.
    I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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  • mgn
    london
    15/06/15
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    "Unfulfilling"

    The story sounded boring from the summaries I read before purchasing the book. It's my book club June choice so I got it. The book is better than I had anticipated and surprisingly flowed well. Overall it feels inconclusive. Hence unfulfilling.

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  • Fliss
    19/03/15
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    "fantastic book well read"

    Such an imaginative and compellingnovel. It had me hooked from the very start and invested in every single one of the characters. Loved it.

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  • Robyn
    Mt Osmond, Australia
    12/01/15
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    "A very compelling book"

    I enjoyed this very much, an intriguing Gand complex tale. But what about the end??? What happens next I wonder

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