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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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  • Sharron
  • Robinvale, Australia
  • 09-28-15

Intriguing

Set in Amsterdam in the 1600's, a time of harsh social justice. Newly married 18 year old Nella arrives in the city from the country to find herself part of a very unusual household.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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  • mgn
  • london
  • 06-15-15

Unfulfilling

The story sounded boring from the summaries I read before purchasing the book. It's my book club June choice so I got it. The book is better than I had anticipated and surprisingly flowed well. Overall it feels inconclusive. Hence unfulfilling.

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fantastic book well read

Such an imaginative and compellingnovel. It had me hooked from the very start and invested in every single one of the characters. Loved it.

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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

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  • Jennifer McCullough
  • 01-21-16

Ludicrous

Loved part one, then slowly became disillusioned as the storyline became more and more unbelievable. in the end, it was so irritating. I DID finish it, but I had invested time in it.
I don't believe the emotions this girl had at the end. Too much was not believable as being set in 1687. No, I wouldn't recommend it. Too many adjectives as well!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanna M.
  • 01-20-16

Didn't make it through...

A classic example of how an audible book can be abandoned due to authors narration. Too sing songy poemy. Disappointing.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • LH, England
  • 12-24-15

Disappointing & very annoying narrator

Would you try another book written by Jessie Burton or narrated by Jessie Burton?

I might consider another book written by her, but DEFINITELY NOT anything narrated by her.

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

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Monotone voice, inability to act. It's taking me ages to finish as the voice is alternately grating & monotonous so I'm distracted from the story.

Any additional comments?

Obviously I fell for the hype around this title. The idea is good, but I'm finding the main character irritating & not that likeable. I can't sympathise with her, which is a pity as the concept is a good one.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Fiona Keates
  • 02-28-16

I'm still waiting for something to happen.....

it was rather like listening to someone read a long list of items 'and then I did this, and then that happened, so I did that, and then I did that, and then I did this....... '

So what happened to the parrot, who opened the window, what happened to Jack, why the significance of the minatureist, why was Agnes looking ill, who was the pock marked man, why did the confectioners wife become friendly and generous, why did nothing happen when the court case was so obviously flawed???????

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms Readalot
  • 01-14-16

Beautiful and fascinating for the first 85% of it

The miniaturist is such an original story that emerges readers to life in 17th century Amsterdam. It touches so many social matters all wrapped up in beautiful writing! But I did find it all trailed off towards the end, and was left feeling unfulfilled. Would recommend though.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue I
  • 06-24-15

Beautifully imagined

I loved this strange tale of wonder and history woven together so cleverly. I want to visit the miniature house!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jackie
  • 06-21-15

An unusual, fascinating story

Where does The Miniaturist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Above average

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lead female, she was initially shy and naive and grew stronger as the story unfolded

What about Jessie Burton’s performance did you like?

Yes, very much

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

Haven't got a clue!

Any additional comments?

I would thoroughly recommend this book. It was well researched and a good alternative to many of the formulaic thrillers & lightweight fiction that is being fed to us currently.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Doris Suckling
  • 06-19-15

Compelling listen!

I was totally drawn into the Amsterdam which, like all cities, holds secrets.

Didn't want it to finish and hope to learn more about Nella and her household

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • vivienne
  • 06-08-15

Great

This was my first audiobook and I loved it! Great story, really well read. I couldn't wait to hear each chapter.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul G Senior
  • 05-28-15

Riveting

This book held me from the start to the finish. It's characters came alive and were delivered with such aplomb.. Though the story itself had its fair share of sadness, the lead character Nella, shone through taking everything in her stride. Despite the losses the story ended with a real sense of new life and new beginnings. A thoroughly engaging audio-read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Deb
  • 11-14-15

Always a surprise

What made the experience of listening to The Miniaturist the most enjoyable?

There was always a new twist in tnis story, some i did not see coming.

What other book might you compare The Miniaturist to, and why?

Nothing to compare it to

What aspect of Jessie Burton’s performance might you have changed?

Slow to start, took a while to get into it

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

Look beyond the appearance

Any additional comments?

Took a while to get into it but worth the perseverance

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amy Hutton
  • 10-30-15

Couldn't put it down

So engaging and thrilling.... Many unpredictable plots. Really enjoyed this book, so much so ever chance I had i would be listening

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  • Jane Oliver
  • 04-25-15

Exquisite for a newcomer

Dutch 18 year old bride is an innocent who develops uncanny objectivity in a very unusual, arranged 1686 marriage. Recommended.

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  • Marita
  • 10-01-17

A page turner

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was compelling enough to make me want to keep reading. I never got bored. There is some beautiful prose - really nice turns of phrase. I don't usually like overly descriptive language, but this was done well. The story was a bit implausible at times, but it was a story and a good enough story to be enjoyable. I thought the performance was excellent, a really good book reader. I only discovered at the end that the reader was the author.

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  • gemma
  • 06-28-16

good easy listen when driving.

Pretty good. The characters are a little boring but its an eaay plot to follow when your driving.

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  • Juliette
  • 06-12-16

The Minimalist

An interesting story, including some historically interesting facts. A story that keeps interest. An easy listen. Recommended.

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  • Pamela
  • 06-05-16

Intriguing

Slow start, but the main character wasn't a wishy washy girl and soon you were on her journey with her

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  • Jenny
  • 02-06-16

Heartbreaking yet perfect

wondrous lyrical heartbreaking. There is plenty of scope for a sequel.. l would certainly recommend it.

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  • Evelyn
  • 10-15-15

Magnetic mysteries

I loved it. Her words are beautiful and powerful. It is like reading through smoke... The mystery and uncertainties make it magnetic.

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  • Kate
  • 07-18-15

Beautifully imagined

I enjoyed 'The Miniaturist' and was pulled along by the mystery of the narrative together with beautiful descriptions of 17th C Amsterdam. But I felt the intrusion of late 18th C Romanticism and 21st C apologetics.
Both the book's narrator and the main characters had the voice and shared perspectives of the principal character.
Overall I enjoyed 'The Miniaturist' but it lacks the depth of a classic.