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  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (652 ratings)

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The Pearl Thief

By: Fiona McIntosh
Narrated by: Katy Sobey
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Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her speciality. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious, her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic French image.  

It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the museum that Severine's poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she's built around herself is shattered. Her shocking revelation of their provenance sets off a frenzied hunt for Nazi Ruda Mayek.  

Mossad's interest is triggered, and one of its most skilled agents comes out of retirement to join the hunt, while the one person who can help her - the solicitor handling the pearls - is bound by client confidentiality. As Severine follows Mayek's trail, there is still one lifelong secret for her to reveal - and one for her to discover.  

From the snowy woodlands outside Prague to the Tuilieries of Paris and the heather-covered moors of Yorkshire comes a confronting and heart-stopping novel that explores whether love and hope can ever overpower atrocity in a time of war and hate.

©2018 Fiona McIntosh (P)2018 Penguin Random House Australia

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Great book

Loved it. Well woven history and fiction.
Loved the narrator's voice change for each character.

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lovely

another amazing novel by Fiona. I just couldn't stop listening when I started. I love the true history intertwined with the fictional tale

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Not sure what the fuss is about...

Look, it's a good story. I just feel like the tragic heroine theme was overplayed ... does every major male figure in her life really need to fall in love with her? I have a sense that the author is using the holocaust as a narrative tool to accentuate the romance of the story, and it leaves me feeling a bit squeamish. Just not sure about this one.

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such a great book

I love fiction and non fiction woven together for an intriguing story read this .+++

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I’ve had more fun watching paint dry

I’m sure there is a great story in there, if the editor could just eliminate 30,000 unnecessary words.

I listened to 14 chapters then starred jumping ahead because it was turning into Groundhog Day.

I returned this Audible.

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Poor narration

Narrator was not credible in her portrayal of male characters, particularly Edward, difficult to listen to the over exaggerated almost comical and unbelievable accent

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Brilliant ... thoroughly enjoyable

This audiobook is a prime example of how a great Narrator can bring a story alive. I couldn't put it down!

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Simply wonderful.

An impressive story, historically based, that had me riveted. Beautifully read and obviously well researched. An Aussie author that Australia should be very proud of.

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It's all about her beauty

Predictable, no crazy twists in here. The book is essentially about how beautiful the main character is, and her effect on ALL of the men, yes, they all hopelessly fall in love. To add some drama the beginning of the story is set in Prague during WWII. This adds some gruesome points to the story but is not explored in any meaningful way. Saying this the story holds enough interest that i did finished it. The performance in places seems great in other overdone.

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Hard to put down.


A well crafted and well written story line.

Story moves seamlessly from WWII Europe to 1960's England and Paris with many changes in the plot.


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