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The Muse Audiobook

The Muse: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one internationally best-selling author of The Miniaturist comes a captivating and brilliantly realized story of two young women - a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain - and the powerful mystery that ties them together.

England, 1967. Odelle Bastien is a Caribbean émigré trying to make her way in London. When she starts working at the prestigious Skelton Institute of Art, she discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a young artist of immense talent and vision whose mysterious death has confounded the art world for decades. The excitement over the painting is matched by the intrigue around the conflicting stories of its discovery. Drawn into a complex web of secrets and deceptions, Odelle does not know what to believe or who she can trust, including her mesmerizing colleague, Marjorie Quick.

Spain, 1936. Olive Schloss, the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer and an English heiress, follows her parents to Arazuelo, a poor, restless village on the southern coast. She grows close to Teresa, a young housekeeper, and Teresa's half brother, Isaac Robles, an idealistic and ambitious painter newly returned from the Barcelona salons. A dilettante buoyed by the revolutionary fervor that will soon erupt into civil war, Isaac dreams of being a painter as famous as his countryman, Picasso.

Raised in poverty, these illegitimate children of the local landowner revel in exploiting the wealthy Anglo-Austrians. Insinuating themselves into the Schloss family's lives, Teresa and Isaac help Olive conceal her artistic talents with devastating consequences that will echo into the decades to come.

Rendered in exquisite detail, The Muse is a passionate and enthralling tale of desire, ambition, and the ways in which the tides of history inevitably shape and define our lives.

©2016 Peebo & Pilgrim Limited (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Amy Fleury 08-05-16
    Amy Fleury 08-05-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Mixed narration"

    Bahni Turpin was excellent. Infantino was almost impossible to listen to--her cadence was not natural at all.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    CHARLES 08-04-16
    CHARLES 08-04-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Infantino Ruined this for me!"

    Strong Story
    Beautiful Performance by Bahni Turpin...
    BUT Maria Elena Infantino's slow choppy reading is The Pits! I had to play her segments at 1.5 speed just to get through them... And even then, it was like ripping off a bandaid for eternity. The producers should've had Turpin read throughout - she is more than capable of handling the back and forth of time lapse that takes place in the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra Bluffdale, UT, United States 09-03-16
    Cassandra Bluffdale, UT, United States 09-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story. Shocking narrator"

    Very enjoyable story and Turpin's narration is wonderful. However, Infantino's narration is so unnatural sometimes I couldn't comprehend sentences and English is my mother tongue! It was like hearing someone who is learning English read a story with all the emphasis in the wrong places. I had to stop listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chris pottstown, PA, United States 02-27-17
    chris pottstown, PA, United States 02-27-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Can finish. 2nd narrator was horrific."

    Insufferable performance of the second narrator. Couldn't bear it. Had to abandon. REFUND PLEASE, Audible.

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    Karen 08-06-16
    Karen 08-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Split stars for narrators"

    Turpin's narration of Odelle's story is lovely--4 stars.

    But Infantino's narration has an awkward cadence, making sentences disjointed and confusing and sometimes sounding like a strange storytelling to children. In addition, her character accents change in and out within a conversation, making them difficult to follow.

    Story was alright. Though I may have lost a fair amount due to the narration of the 1930s story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nina S-G 08-06-16
    Nina S-G 08-06-16 Member Since 2016

    Retired law enforcement officer with a love of learning what makes us all tick. Never met a mystery I didn't like!

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    "The Muse"

    Not my normal choice of genre, however, I am pleased that's I stretched my limits. I enjoyed the story, though it did drag for me in the parts in Spain. I liked the narrators

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    Theresa 03-02-17
    Theresa 03-02-17
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    "Had to return"

    This book started out interesting. The narration was good. I thought I had hit on a winner. Then a few chapters in the book jumps to the 1930s as part of the background story I assume. However I will never know. The voice was like chalk on a chalkboard. The story was making no sense. I could see the link to the future was coming but I could not listen to hear it. Bless those of you who managed to get through this part.

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    Christine 02-25-17
    Christine 02-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book BUT...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would! It was a great story if you can get past the wonky narration.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wouldn't say on the edge of my seat ( not that kind of book) but wanting to keep listening as long as I could.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Oddly, Ms. Turpin's narration was outstanding. Ms Infantino's made you wonder if the producers actually listened to the finished product before they released it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would actually have given this 5 stars if not for the disparity in narration. Thankfully, it was only for half the book, otherwise it would probably be difficult to listen to any of it.

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    Niki & Dan 01-28-17
    Niki & Dan 01-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "different but good"

    i loved this story, very moody and dark. kept my interest and the pacing was just right. only negative is i wish we had learned a few more, ahem, details about quick. i understand its modern to leave the reader with some mystery, but nothing wrong with completing a picture by the end of the story if you know what i mean. all in all though, i enjoyed the muse very much

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    Mimi in McKinney 01-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Malaga setting was so interesting"

    Having visited Malaga Spain, reading this book was almost as good as a return trip to that lovely place. I liked every bit of this book, the story, the characters, the history and the art. Thanks for an interesting book that I could not put down!
    And the reader was perfect for the story!

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