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Girl with a Pearl Earring

Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (278 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of 16-year-old Griet, the world of 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.
©1999 Tracy Chevalier (P)2001 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"A vibrant, sumptuous novel...Triumphant." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Superb...Vividly captures the world of 17th-century Delft." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Marvelously evocative." (The New York Times)

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Enthralling Historical Fiction

This is a beautiful fictional story and the reading is excellent. The characters are all believable and only occasionally does the story border on the improbable. I assume that it is historically accurate in the depiction of life for upper and lower classes in a Dutch town in the 17th century. At no time did the story line drag and I was kept involved till the very last sentence.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynea
  • Coconut Creek, FL, USA
  • 08-28-03

Great Read

This book absolutely takes you to another place and another time. The writer envelopes you into the story and the main character's world from beginning to end. It is kind of an anitclimactic book, but a very sweet read. I loved it and would definitely recommend it

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Great drive time story!!!

I listened while driving and completely enjoyed the experience. Highly recommended for drive time listening.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 03-11-15

1664 Holland through an Artist Eyes

Johannes Vermeer's painting of Girl with a Pearl Earring has always been a favorite of mine . . . and this historical fiction audio book lends depth and meaning to the era. You can almost see the streets of Delft, hear the sounds and feel the cobblestones under your feet. Entering the quiet, private world of an artist, Griet was envied and hated by the other servants . . . and even by Vermeer's wife and family. But (even though fiction) we are given a glimpse of what goes on in the mind of a painter . . . a slow, purposeful, deliberate painter, who cares for little else than his art . . . in many ways a weak man, a shallow man, a single-minded man, absent to his family . . . yet a genius . . . Tracy Chevalier has done a marvelous job of capturing both Griet and Vermeer. A short, though captivating listen.

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  • Maria
  • SANDY, UT, United States
  • 03-26-04

Transports you to another place and time

After listening to this short read, I feel like I have been to 1600's Holland. The descriptions are vivid and unique - like poetry written in prose. The reader does an especially excellent job of capturing the main character, a Holland maid named Greit.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Primrose
  • San Miguel de Allende, MX
  • 03-26-05

with the quiet gentleness of a painting

learn about the life of the rich artist and his gifted muse...the writing feels like a meditation that is rich with the fabric of the past and colored with emotion felt deep and betrayal done wiht such disregard and misunderstanding...but ending in the beauty of the painting...Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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awesome book

I listen to this book literally everyday! Not only is it a wonderful book, but Jenna Lamia has a voice that is calming. I could listen to anything she reads!

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  • bebe
  • from SC
  • 12-25-18

Good story behind the painting

I enjoyed this book, but it is a little dark. The artist painting the girl with the pearl earring is overbearing, unfeeling and unlikeable. His wife is worse. The heroine, the girl with the earring, is in a helpless situation, but she is determined to escape the terrible situation in which she has found herself.

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  • Frank
  • United States
  • 10-13-18

Awesome book awesomely read by Jenna Lamia

It is hard to credit the leaps of imagination required to compose this work! I really loved this audio book and will listen to it many times!

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Wow

This book was truly entertaining, I had a deadline for school and this audiobook skipped certain parts of the book but still remained interesting. I loved it.