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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,714 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Vreeland Narrator: Loren Lester, Sheryl Bernstein, Martin Ferrero, Gigi Bermingham Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2001 ISBN: 9781598871098
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Could a 36th Vermeer masterpiece exist? Over three centuries of flood, secrecy, theft, and war, this haunting, beautiful painting figures prominently in eight interrelated stories, from the Renaissance to post-WWII Amsterdam. A lovely novel that reminds u Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huma | 2/9/2014

    " an entertaining read, but without substance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/7/2014

    " Essentially this is a collection of short stories revolving the ownership of a Vermeer painting. I enjoyed this book for the most part. I did have a little trouble remembering how each owner came to have the painting in their posession but only because I was captivated by what one piece of art can mean to so many different people and their own stories around the painting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 2/5/2014

    " Historical Fiction + Mystery + Geneology + a dash of sexy = Great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 2/4/2014

    " This is a series of short stories about the owners of a possible Vermeer painting. It's an interesting premise, I enjoyed learning about Holland and Vermeer. It made me think more about art. I think I now need to read The Girl with the Pearl Earring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 1/22/2014

    " I don't usually read books of short stories, and I don't tend to pick up slim volumes, both because I like to really get into a book and its characters. But a friend lent me this book, so I read it, and I really did like it. Although the characters in nearly every story are different, the stories all center around one painting, its history, and its owners. I liked that format, and I like the way the stories went farther and farther into the past, while we learned more and more about the painting itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marykay | 1/19/2014

    " Finished this book. Took me a while to understand that I was going backwards in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulah | 12/14/2013

    " a masterpiece, sure to be a classic. left me breathless! now I remember why i studied literature, art, music and everything could get my hands on that was european. Mon Dieu... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J. Whitley | 12/6/2013

    " I love Vreeland's books. This is not my favorite though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Gessling | 11/15/2013

    " Susan Vreeland has a compact manner of writting. It is a short book that does not leave you wanting for more. She manages to fit a 600 page book into abjout 250 pages! This is a beautiful story well worth your time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Carey | 9/27/2013

    " Quick read about the life of a painting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose Stanley | 8/2/2013

    " Loved how the stories connected in this. Not quite in the same league as Cloud Atlas but still vg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mickolus Sundquist | 7/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to read, but I really liked the book being told in reverse chronological order. The book was written really beautifully and I would recommend this book to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charissa | 7/6/2013

    " I loved this book, which follows a fictional Vermeer painting back in time. This story made me want to seek out more Susan Vreeland books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce McCombs | 3/19/2013

    " I'd forgotten that I read this a while back... it's a great companion to Girl with Pearl Earring... how come I'm so enchanted with that era?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 1/27/2013

    " Really enjoyed traveling with the painting through time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Glen | 1/16/2013

    " Really liked this book. It traces a Vermeer painting from the current owner back to the painting itself. In this way, the author introduces to a myriad of characters and shows us how a single painting can impact a variety of people in different ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/29/2012

    " A lovely story tracing the history of Vermeer's painting. Each chapter a short story of the owner until reaching the story of the girl in hyacinth blue herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/23/2012

    " I liked this book much better than Clara & Mr. Tiffany. It was reminiscent of The Red Violin in that the story followed each of the owners of the beautiful painting from today back to its creation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lissi Lu | 8/2/2012

    " Read for the Library Book Club... a story and the history of a painting! Not one I would read on my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Whisner | 6/12/2012

    " A series of intimate short stories shows us the lives of people who owned or cared about a painting, from the present day back to its creation during the Dutch High Renaissance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 4/16/2012

    " Excellent story. But I think the last two chapters are reversed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 12/7/2011

    " Loved it! It was fascinating to read about the places the painting had been and what it meant to each family. A MUST read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devraj Kb | 9/9/2011

    " reintroduce to love of painting, I was good time to finish on Art Gallery night at Malmo "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi L. | 9/6/2011

    " The story was told in a very interesting way. I enjoy books about historical fiction and art, but this was okay. I enjoyed "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and that portrayal of Vermeer more. This is a good bookgroup book for discussion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 7/4/2011

    " Absorbing book tracing the path of a painting through history, told through stories about various characters in contact with the painting in reverse time order. Loved the way it was put together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie Bryson | 5/24/2011

    " just when it starts to get good or you make sense of the new situation...the painting changes ownerships and the story shifts...easily forgotten "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/21/2011

    " An interlocked set of 8 short stories - with a reversed chronological order - tracing an imaginary Vermeer painting from its present owner, the son of a Nazi, to the model, Vermeer's daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/20/2011

    " A little too disjointed for my liking but some parts were great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 5/12/2011

    " Listened to the book on mp3 player while woking in my garden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/11/2011

    " An amazing book that threads together from one painting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 4/22/2011

    " This book is just not my style. Other people whom I like did enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Therese | 4/17/2011

    " just ok, not very memorable, interesting to learn more about vermeer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/15/2011

    " Loved the weaving of this tale. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gita | 4/12/2011

    " Interesting idea, not that well executed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/10/2011

    " So far, I love that Vreeland is able to assume different writing voices for each era. Adagio's style, for example, fits with texts of the 19th century.

    Some of the chapters are better than others; the first and last are wonderful buoys for what comes between. Sublime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 4/7/2011

    " 1788 I love Vermeer paintings, so I enjoyed this fictional possibility. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cortney | 4/4/2011

    " I liked how there were stories within the story and you were able to find out the origin of the painting. I thought it was a little dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edithandersen | 3/29/2011

    " It was an unusual story in that it went back in time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 3/28/2011

    " Clever construction, classic Vreeland as she explores the power of art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 3/28/2011

    " A book in a different format, about a painting and tracing it backwards as we learn the stories of each family who has possessed it "

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About the Author
Author Susan Vreeland

Susan Vreeland is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Luncheon of the Boating Party, Life Studies, The Passion of Artemisia, The Forest Lover, and Girl in Hyacinth Blue. She lives in San Diego.