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Girl with a Pearl Earring Audiobook

Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Publisher's Summary

After earning a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Tracy Chevalier was immediately recognized for her literary talent. In Girl with a Pearl Earring, she recreates the 17th-century world of Johannes Vermeer. This haunting work of historical fiction received rave reviews in publications as diverse as The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor.

In 1664, 16-year-old Griet enters the Vermeer household as a servant. Daughter of a Delft tile maker, she has a natural eye for color and design. Daily, she cleans the studio, learning much about how Vermeer sees the people he paints. As his attention focuses on her, she slowly becomes one of his subjects. Tracy Chevalier fills this unusual love story with the shades, sounds, and textures of everyday life in Holland. Narrator Ruth Ann Phimister perfectly voices Griet's growing awareness of the intrigues surrounding her and the need to define the value of her life.

©1999 Tracy Chevalier; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Outstanding." (USA Today)
"This is a completely absorbing story with enough historical authenticity and artistic intuition to mark Chevalier as a talented newcomer to the literary scene." (Publishers Weekly)
"Chevalier's exploration into the soul of this complex but nave young woman is moving, and her depiction of 17th-century Delft is marvelously evocative." (The New York Times)

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    IR Thousand Oaks, Ca United States 08-19-13
    IR Thousand Oaks, Ca United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook. It was easy to follow, it flowed beautifully and was enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl with a Pearl Earring?

    The very end. No spoilers here.


    What does Ruth Ann Phimister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The inflections and expressions of her phrasing and, she distinguished her voice between characters. That made it wonderful.


    If you could rename Girl with a Pearl Earring, what would you call it?

    It's perfectly named as it is. I would not rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-30-13
    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2017

    K. Hoover

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    "Excellent historical novel!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yessie N. Miami , FL, USA 06-23-08
    Yessie N. Miami , FL, USA 06-23-08
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    "Great Read"

    This is a great read and I highly recommend it to those who have a long drive or business trip they have to take.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 07-24-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "The most unnecessary book"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    10-02-11
    10-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "It was ok"

    The reader was good . The story was ok but nothing really stood out. I never wanted to drive around the block hear more. Maybe I'm just an adventure and action type of reader but I didn't feel like this went anywhere and I didnt' quite get the point. Maybe I need to see this picture in person or maybe I need to be dutch or a fan of Vemeer. I dunno...... Its worth a listen if the other choice is Mody Dick I suppose.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 06-23-06
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 06-23-06
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    "Ho-Hum"

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Terri 03-15-17
    Terri 03-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "I could feel the author's inspiration."

    Even though this is a fictional account, I totally enjoyed the author's imagination in spinning a story around a picture that in reality, is of a girl that is unknown. I got carried away and even needed to look up the painter to study his works of art. This is a charming book.

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    Danielle 02-26-17
    Danielle 02-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Meh...."

    It was ok. not my favorite Tracy Chevalier title, but it was ok. Overated in my opinion.

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    sumana 01-08-17
    sumana 01-08-17
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    "My opinion"

    Beautifully written and enjoyed the voice dramatization by reader. Glimpse of Dutch life back in 17th century, would recommend for easy read.

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    Amazon Customer 12-13-16
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    "nice story"

    Reading a lot as I plan a trip to Amsterdam and down the Rhine. This was a nicee distraction to all the nonfiction historical books I've been reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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