I, too, was bored to tears with this story. I listened to all of it -- only because I remember a big fuss being made of it when it first came out. Ho-Hum........so someone made up a story to go with a painting. Maybe to one who knows absolutely nothing about the creative process or who has very little life experience, this might be interesting. I thought it lacked, depth, breadth, plot, character and interest. "Nough said.
Love to read,listen to audiobooks!
Very good. I liked the narrator's voice too!
Kept my interest while listening.
Would recommend this book as a good read( listen!)
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I’m not sure why I decided to read the book; I’ve seen the movie so it seems pointless in a way.
Still, stories flourish more on the page than they do on the screen and this tale was no exception.
A great captivating almost-love story.
A wonderful story, but the performer/reader has a terrible nasal voice! The abridged voice is MUCH better, but the story incomplete.
Moments of sexual tension, art above sex. It's a beautiful metaphor.
It's in the middle. Not the best, but certainly not the worst!
The love story that developed.
I liked the market place scenes!
It's already a film.
I have read three books by this author, and this one is certainly her best effort.
I would recommend this audiobook. It was easy to follow, it flowed beautifully and was enjoyable.
The very end. No spoilers here.
The inflections and expressions of her phrasing and, she distinguished her voice between characters. That made it wonderful.
It's perfectly named as it is. I would not rename it.
There were comments made about this audiobook which made me hesitate in buying it. These are not inexpensive. However, I found that the criticisms were not a problem for me. Mostly, there was a comment that Greit was too perfect in everything she did. My thought is, if Greit were here with us, she would see how we do everything in our everyday lives with no doubt. We do the laundry, make meals, drive our cars, go to our jobs, manage our house and family. We manage our lives, and within Greit's environment, I would expect that she did as well too. I liked how the author gave us a glimpse into how her daily routines were set out for us to experience with her. I loved this book. I love art, as I am an artist. I love the paintings of Vermeer, and loved learning about the whole environment of Delft. This book took me there.
This is one of my favorite historical novels. I didn't expect some of the twists and turns of the story, and it was a page turner for sure. The characters are very well written and I would read this book again and recommend it to anyone. The story held me spellbound for hours and I listened to it again not too long after the first time. I love the setting and the way Chevalier writes these characters. I really wanted more and more of this book. The narration was so perfect it created a wonderful listening experience.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
I expect one of two things from historical fiction: enough historical details to help me better understand the time and place, or a good enough story to make it worth writing. This one delivered neither. There was no insight into Vermeer. Neither the real characters nor the imaginary ones had any reality to them. There was no motivation for the emotions and attractions between characters. You would have to project very hard to find any of the things the author obviously wanted readers to find. Fortunately for her, a great many readers were willing to do that work for her. I wasn't one of them.
I love getting lost in a good story.
It was a great idea, but the story was flat. It was hard to feel much for the main character as she didn't seem to feel much herself. It was really hard to understand anyone's motivation, as the characters were poorly developed. It barely held my attention and I wasn't sad when it was done.
I also din't love the narration. It was flat, like the story. It often sounded like she was trudging through a story that she wasn't very interested in.. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either.