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The Miniaturist Audiobook

The Miniaturist

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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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    Deb 14/11/2015
    Deb 14/11/2015
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    "Always a surprise"
    What made the experience of listening to The Miniaturist the most enjoyable?

    There was always a new twist in tnis story, some i did not see coming.


    What other book might you compare The Miniaturist to, and why?

    Nothing to compare it to


    What aspect of Jessie Burton’s performance might you have changed?

    Slow to start, took a while to get into it


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Look beyond the appearance


    Any additional comments?

    Took a while to get into it but worth the perseverance

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Hutton 30/10/2015
    Amy Hutton 30/10/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    So engaging and thrilling.... Many unpredictable plots. Really enjoyed this book, so much so ever chance I had i would be listening

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Oliver 25/04/2015
    Jane Oliver 25/04/2015
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    "Exquisite for a newcomer"

    Dutch 18 year old bride is an innocent who develops uncanny objectivity in a very unusual, arranged 1686 marriage. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gemma 28/06/2016
    gemma 28/06/2016
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    "good easy listen when driving."

    Pretty good. The characters are a little boring but its an eaay plot to follow when your driving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juliette 12/06/2016
    Juliette 12/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "The Minimalist"

    An interesting story, including some historically interesting facts. A story that keeps interest. An easy listen. Recommended.

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    Pamela 05/06/2016
    Pamela 05/06/2016
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    "Intriguing"

    Slow start, but the main character wasn't a wishy washy girl and soon you were on her journey with her

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    Jenny 06/02/2016
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    "Heartbreaking yet perfect"

    wondrous lyrical heartbreaking. There is plenty of scope for a sequel.. l would certainly recommend it.

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    Evelyn 15/10/2015
    Evelyn 15/10/2015
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    "Magnetic mysteries"

    I loved it. Her words are beautiful and powerful. It is like reading through smoke... The mystery and uncertainties make it magnetic.

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    Kate 18/07/2015
    Kate 18/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully imagined"

    I enjoyed 'The Miniaturist' and was pulled along by the mystery of the narrative together with beautiful descriptions of 17th C Amsterdam. But I felt the intrusion of late 18th C Romanticism and 21st C apologetics.
    Both the book's narrator and the main characters had the voice and shared perspectives of the principal character.
    Overall I enjoyed 'The Miniaturist' but it lacks the depth of a classic.

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    Jess 10/02/2015
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    "Wonderful book read beautifully"

    Loved the narration of this fascinating book. The characters, so rich and complex, will stay with me for a long, long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sharron
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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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  • Robin L.
    20/01/16
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Readalot
    14/01/16
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    "Beautiful and fascinating for the first 85% of it"

    The miniaturist is such an original story that emerges readers to life in 17th century Amsterdam. It touches so many social matters all wrapped up in beautiful writing! But I did find it all trailed off towards the end, and was left feeling unfulfilled. Would recommend though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • LH, England
    24/12/15
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sue I
    London, United Kingdom
    24/06/15
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    "Beautifully imagined"

    I loved this strange tale of wonder and history woven together so cleverly. I want to visit the miniature house!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    Torquay Devon
    21/06/15
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    "An unusual, fascinating story"
    Where does The Miniaturist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead female, she was initially shy and naive and grew stronger as the story unfolded


    What about Jessie Burton’s performance did you like?

    Yes, very much


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Haven't got a clue!


    Any additional comments?

    I would thoroughly recommend this book. It was well researched and a good alternative to many of the formulaic thrillers & lightweight fiction that is being fed to us currently.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Doris Suckling
    19/06/15
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    "Compelling listen!"

    I was totally drawn into the Amsterdam which, like all cities, holds secrets.

    Didn't want it to finish and hope to learn more about Nella and her household

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona Keates
    PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom
    28/02/16
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    "I'm still waiting for something to happen....."

    it was rather like listening to someone read a long list of items 'and then I did this, and then that happened, so I did that, and then I did that, and then I did this....... '

    So what happened to the parrot, who opened the window, what happened to Jack, why the significance of the minatureist, why was Agnes looking ill, who was the pock marked man, why did the confectioners wife become friendly and generous, why did nothing happen when the court case was so obviously flawed???????

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    9/06/15
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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
  • vivienne
    8/06/15
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    "Great"

    This was my first audiobook and I loved it! Great story, really well read. I couldn't wait to hear each chapter.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paul G Senior
    28/05/15
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    "Riveting"

    This book held me from the start to the finish. It's characters came alive and were delivered with such aplomb.. Though the story itself had its fair share of sadness, the lead character Nella, shone through taking everything in her stride. Despite the losses the story ended with a real sense of new life and new beginnings. A thoroughly engaging audio-read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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