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The Miniaturist | [Jessie Burton]

The Miniaturist

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.
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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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    Robyn 01-12-15
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Annie
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    1/3/15
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    "The Miniaturist Or A Bride For Appearances Sake!"
    What did you like most about The Miniaturist?

    I liked the story line, it was different. I enjoyed the social history, though in reality, I didn't find much of this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought some ends were made to tie up, they didn't feel like natural outcomes.


    What does Jessie Burton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I didn't think that the author read her book as well as an actor might have done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book. Sadly unlike some, I didn't think it was a brilliant book. Maybe reading it myself, I might have given it a better score. I would read/listen to other books by this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • missreader
    Scotland
    8/31/14
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    "A promising premise but something is missing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I had high hopes on reading the blurb for this novel that it would be a historical novel of substance with a really engaging story. Unfortunately most of the characters are irritating and the main hook of the story - the mysterious miniaturist - is never adequately explained. I would have liked this character in particular to have been given more attention.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was surprised that the story ended where it did and would have appreciated a few more chapters as it felt that several strands of storyline were unfinished.


    What three words best describe Jessie Burton’s performance?

    Earnest but grating.


    Do you think The Miniaturist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The ending left me feeling that the book was really an introduction to a future novel. There are too many unanswered questions for this to be a stand-alone novel.


    Any additional comments?

    While I was disappointed with the overall story, I did learn more about this period of Amsterdam history.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. J. C. Sutton
    uk
    9/6/14
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    "too much information whilst lacking a resolution"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Frustrating. The ending lacked any form of satisfactory resolution . Too many questions left unaswered and for this man too much gynaelogical information . The male characters seem very pallid although the historical datail was ok . The miniaturist whilst mysterious was far too nebuleous and one was left wondering whether the author was saving plot for a sequel. If so I probably shant be buying it


    Would you recommend The Miniaturist to your friends? Why or why not?

    To my women friends possibly, to my male friends probably not.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jessie Burton?

    The narrator/author told the tale in a very ( overly) soulful way . Too droopy for my palate. From preference i would not listen to her again


    Did The Miniaturist inspire you to do anything?

    Write my first book review. Just had to. Doing my grumpy old man thing


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    7/12/14
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    "Enchanting"
    What did you like most about The Miniaturist?

    The storyline is written in quasi fairy tale mode.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The hidden mysteries in a young marriage.


    What does Jessie Burton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Beautifully read by the author Jessie Burton so that it is heard as the author intended.


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

    Much more than a dolls house.


    Any additional comments?

    Charming. Could not put it down.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • J
    9/17/14
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    "Poor narration spoils the story"
    What would have made The Miniaturist better?

    An actor rather than the author reading it. Sorry Jessie, you may know all your characters inside out but you failed to bring them to life.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    By the last chapter you realise that no satisfactory resolution could be contrived in so short a space. Maybe the author intends a sequel but that's deceiving the reader/listener and it is disappointing to get to the end of a book and find the story unfinished.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jessie Burton’s performances?

    Definitely not.


    What character would you cut from The Miniaturist?

    That's difficult as there aren't too many in it anyway. I found the miniaturist the oddest character. Her part in the story borders on the supernatural and we are no nearer to knowing or understanding her by the end except for the vague explanation that she was unusual in her thoughts and talented in her craft.


    Any additional comments?

    The story displays too many modern attitudes. I do expect historical accuracy in historical fiction other wise it's just a story in costume. There are too many unexplained happenings leaving too many threads left dangling.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Chrissie
    8/2/14
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    "Thought provoking book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Miniaturist the most enjoyable?

    A thought provoking book which casts an interestingly spectre on a complex period of history. Characters are well drawn and the use of language impressive. I found the narration flat, and felt it hindered the pace of the book, making it hard work. Overall an interesting purchase but not a great one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favourite characters, rather a series of portraits of people whose circumstances, politics and economics, religion and cultures and are of a time where the world was fast changing, and prejudice and ignorance created terror for many.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I found the narration flat and rather grating I am afraid.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Thought provoking, and with resonances for aspects of our world today.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • d plumb
    3/1/15
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    "Fabulous"

    Loved this book, a rather unique story. It kept you guessing throughout but also kept your interest. You could almost taste the sugar!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    2/27/15
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    "Poorly written with a plot that goes nowhere"
    What disappointed you about The Miniaturist?

    It starts off in such a promising way - but then goes nowhere. The characters fizzle out, the 'mystery' is never explained, and the main characters reaction to the events at the end are so utterly unconvincing as to be laughable. Dreadful!


    Has The Miniaturist put you off other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily - they can't all be that bad


    How could the performance have been better?

    Jessie Burton is a writer, not necessarily a reader.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes - it started off really well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Menashy
    Bushey, London United Kingdom
    2/25/15
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    "The hype is justified"

    Difficult to miss this novel; it's been very well branded, marketed etc. Happily I can report that the hype is justified as it's well worth a read (listen). The story is engaging, the characters endearing, the setting intriguing.
    Extremely well-written, crammed with quotable quotes and aphorisms "...those with no horizons want to pull yours down"...it's a delicate confection indeed. And contrary to some reviews I've seen, I think Jessie Burton does a great job of narrating her own novel. Recommended...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Newport, United Kingdom
    2/22/15
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    "No Story"
    What would have made The Miniaturist better?

    As with a previous book that I have just reviewed, maybe this book should have stopped in paper form and not turned into audio - I found the book hard to follow with no real story. I had been thinking about getting this book for awhile as I had heard about all the brilliant reviews - maybe its just me but I didn't understand the book nor could I keep up with the ever changing story line


    What will your next listen be?

    Who knows


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jessie Burton?

    Jessie has a lovely voice for audio but perhaps not her own book


    What character would you cut from The Miniaturist?

    All of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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