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Girl with a Pearl Earring

Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A very easy listen

I found this a very easy listen. The story is quite simple and basic and I am not sure that I would have persevered if I had been reading the book myself.

I didn't really engage with any of the characters, which is unusual for me but I am pleased that I have been able to cross this off my list of books I have wanted to read.

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Unexpectedly good!

This isn’t usually my kind of book but it was on an audible offer for but one get one free and had good reviews so I thought I’d give it a go - I wasn’t disappointed- a really beautifully told story with some good characters. Take you to a different world. Definitely worth a listen!

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Beautiful story and beautifully read

Really enjoyed this story. Always had an interest in art, and especially portraits and the background behind the sitters. Obviously this is fiction but she weaves a great and likely character around the picture. First one I would recommend in a good while.

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Beautiful story, easy to get through. 10/10 💖

Defs give this a listen to. Well worth it and the actor reading has a lovely voice.

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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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Wonderful sympathetic reading.

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

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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.

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  • Suzanne Beacroft
  • 24-09-19

Wonderful

Loved the story woven around Vermeer's famous painting. Great character development and gave a clear picture of the town in the 1600s. Can't wait to read another of her books.