The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella's life changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist--an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways. Johannes's gift helps Nella pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand--and fear--the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation...or the architect of their destruction?
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062331878
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (13 hr., 17 min., 07 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Porter, Davina
Call Number: eAudio

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Aug 25, 2018

I had avoided reading this because of mixed reviews I'd read until I saw that it was going to be a PBS Masterpiece offering. So, I thought I'd give it a try.

Nearly 14 hours later (I listened to the audio version) I'm sad to say I agree with the mixed reviews. It was an interesting premise but had many unlikeable characters, too many loose ends that were not resolved—it almost felt like a sequel was in the making—and the big mystery was never fully explained. I give it a resounding meh.


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Jun 20, 2019

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