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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (222,472 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Chevalier Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436100847
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After earning a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Tracy Chevalier was immediately recognized for her literary talent. In Girl with a Pearl Earring, she recreates the 17th-century world of Johannes Vermeer. This haunting work of historical fiction received rave reviews in publications as diverse as the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor.

In 1664, sixteen-year-old Griet enters the Vermeer household as a servant. Daughter of a Delft tile maker, she has a natural eye for color and design. Daily, she cleans the studio, learning much about how Vermeer sees the people he paints. As his attention focuses on her, she slowly becomes one of his subjects.

Tracy Chevalier fills this unusual love story with the shades, sounds, and textures of everyday life in Holland. Narrator Ruth Ann Phimister perfectly voices Griet’s growing awareness of the intrigues surrounding her and the need to define the value of her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A portrait of radiance… Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel.“

    Time magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Krieger | 2/18/2014

    " One of the reasons I chose this book, was because I loved reading it in High School. I found out the more I read, the more I continued to not want to set the book down. Reading it once again I loved it that much more, Griets life is sad, but then gets turned around for the better. This is one of my favorite Historical Fiction books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shonda Wilson | 2/3/2014

    " Chevalier's most famous and compelling novel. I loved it, I've read it more than once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Northcott | 2/1/2014

    " Lovely story to accompany a lovely painting. So much better than the movie - of course! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/28/2014

    " I read this several years ago, but I thought it was a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 1/22/2014

    " I read this one a couple years ago when I spotted it in the new "Best sellers" section at the local bookstore. i was bored, browsing, and I admit it, I was drawn in ( no pun intended) by the cover and title. Unfortunately, I found this one to be a huge disappointment of the "Are you kidding me?!!" at the end variety. Skip it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raspberry | 1/15/2014

    " The ending ruin the whole book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Hudlow | 1/10/2014

    " Read this book after seeing the movie. Tracy has a way of making the character come to life. This was the first of all her books i read and since I have read all of them. Truly a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 12/29/2013

    " I wanted to love this book but it was barely a like. Bleck "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Jacobs | 12/21/2013

    " Historical fiction at it's finest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelley | 12/9/2013

    " Easy read. Left something to be desired "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narcisse | 12/2/2013

    " I enjoyed the Book so much it's a page turner :) also I enjoyed the Movie :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pixie | 11/28/2013

    " Loved this story that hooked me from page 1!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniela | 10/14/2013

    " i found the story charming! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 8/12/2013

    " almost as boring as the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizanne | 7/13/2013

    " Loved this book even though it was a few years ago that I read it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heke | 6/14/2013

    " Though lacking depth, this was a quick and pleasant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Kies | 5/13/2013

    " This book was gripping and memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Wells-greenan | 2/7/2013

    " Loved it--a great combination of romance -- I loosely title it historical fiction since it largely fiction, but in an interesting historical period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Stenger | 11/10/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book...Holland in the 1600's...story of painter Vermeer and his maid whom he painted....family drama and love story. Book was recommended by a teacher I work with..New york times bestseller also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelin Anne | 9/12/2012

    " Read it in one sitting. That's how compelling it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Voellm | 9/8/2012

    " A wonderful story. Kept my attention from start to finish. Read if historical lit is your thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Anderson | 5/4/2012

    " Of course I love historical fiction. This one was heart wrenching because of the main character's struggles. In those earlier times options weren't great for women, especially if they came from a family with little finanicial resources. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Machelle | 4/8/2012

    " For the last few years I have held back on reading this novel, thinking it was not something I would enjoy. I loved it. The main character is amazing and the way the story evolves throughout is intriguing. Definitely a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daisy | 3/14/2012

    " it seems like unfinished story to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/11/2011

    " I loved the description of how the girl with a pearl earring chops the vegetables and organises them by colour at the start of the book! A divinely relaxing and enjoyable read. Total immersion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Burk | 8/10/2011

    " Enjoyed the read, but found it to be forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 7/25/2011

    " Good book with bits of history mixed in :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 6/26/2011

    " A really interesting story based on the people Vermeer painted all those years ago. The book's characters have so much resonance and life... after all some of them are looking across the centuries at you from his pictures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jakki Leonard | 6/4/2011

    " This book really struck a chord with me, I couldn't stop reading, I could see vividly the set and characters, I could taste it and smell it. I love it!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie Rae | 5/22/2011

    " Whenever I am blue and want to read something simple, something lovely, something about love, I pick up Girl With a Pearl Earring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnphotos84 | 5/22/2011

    " Love this book! It was awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marina Anik | 5/21/2011

    " Started and finished that book in one evening.
    The way the author builds that very fragile relationship between Vermeer and the Girl ist a masterpiece.
    Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey | 5/19/2011

    " Whilst well written, I found it inaccessible. I'm going to chalk this up to my lack of historical knowledge, which compromised my understanding of certain aspects of the tale. It did have some beauitful imagery however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 5/19/2011

    " I tend to like reimagined "history" and this one regarding the real inspiration of one of Vermeer's most famous paintings is very engrossing to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya | 5/19/2011

    " Seems I keep stumbling upon books with the theme of young girls seeking married men. The book is well written and interesting, except I was disappointed to find that the young girl had fallen in love with the husband of the woman she was a servant to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 5/18/2011

    " Un bel romanzo storico, scritto molto bene... se solo la protagonista non fosse così antipatica! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennieleew | 5/17/2011

    " I loved this book. I read it a long time ago, but I still consider it among my favorites. It is miles better then the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keifario | 5/17/2011

    " Some will be turned off by the simple prose, but I found the book charming and sensual. It also helps that Girl with a Pearl Earring is my favorite painting in the world, and, the Girl looks almost exactly like my first girlfriend when I was 15. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/17/2011

    " This is a great story. You really feel like you are back in that time period. I enjoyed this, and the movie was also extremely well done also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/16/2011

    " Beautifully written. Definitely one of my favorite novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/15/2011

    " Exquisite story about the mysterious girl in Vermeer's famous painting. Extremely insightful to Dutch life in this time period and incredible characterizations. "

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About the Author
Author Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, as well as several other novels. Born and raised in Washington, DC, she lives in London with her husband and son.

About the Narrator

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.