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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

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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  • 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia White
    Kendal
    8/27/14
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    "Utterly absorbing.....until the ending."

    I couldn't "put this down" (audio) and loved the atmosphere of mystery and suspense that the writer immediately invoked, also the mental image of 17th century Amsterdam that Jessie Burton cleverly conjured up.
    But I didn't really understand the ending, and it didn't seem to suit the rest of the story. So I listened to the last chapter again...and again..... I must be missing something and perhaps need to join a book club. Still, this review is for a good listen: it's rare that a writer can read their work as well, but JB's voice is magical and compelling, so in that respect 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RGH
    Spain
    8/25/14
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    "Very interesting but..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Miniaturist to be better than the print version?

    I found the story fascinating as an interesting description of life in the 1600 Holland and in the description of the characters. However I would have liked to know more about the miniaturist and the effect of her work on the life of the people she touched. I felt that that side of the story was underdeveloped and almost not related to the main plot.


    0 of 0 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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