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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (223,332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Chevalier Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781598871302
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Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl, who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts Vermeer's attention. He slowly draws her into the world of his paintings and ultimately has her sit for him as a model.

’account of the artistic process—from the grinding of paints to the inclusion and removal of background objects—lay at the core of the novel. Her inventive portrayal of this tumultuous time, when Protestantism began to dominate Catholicism and the growing bourgeoisie took the place of the Church as patrons of the arts, draws the reader into a lively, if little known, time and place in history.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sina | 2/14/2014

    " I couldnt stop reading this book.awsome "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen Vittengl | 2/12/2014

    " Not my favorite, maybe I wasn't in love with the time period or characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NikkiLane | 1/24/2014

    " This was a great read. I enjoyed the story and the character development. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vernell | 1/15/2014

    " Enjoyed the book. Later saw the movie, glad I read book first,although movie was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Penney | 1/5/2014

    " Life in the 17th century felt authentic. Worth reading "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy Raber | 12/5/2013

    " This book was very slow and rather boring just didn't capture my interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 11/21/2013

    " almost as boring as the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle | 7/21/2013

    " Lovely, endearing, and strung together elegantly. The story was a masterpiece painting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pixie | 6/20/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Sawyer | 4/29/2013

    " A very entertaining book with strong chapter and plot development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Berry | 4/2/2013

    " Really interesting read, loved the marriage of art and literature, great feel for the life and times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Petersik | 3/16/2013

    " kind of fun, a good imagining of art history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathlyn West | 2/21/2013

    " Endearing. Way better than movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/16/2013

    " A favorite! In a word: provocative. Beautiful illustration of Delft culture. Love Chevalier's delicate style and use of color. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 1/17/2013

    " I read this a long time ago, but remember really liking it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 10/28/2012

    " I saw the movie I will check this book, I loved the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie Ward | 10/2/2012

    " It was a very interesting book and was also very insightful to how people lives in the time period it was based in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanne | 7/18/2012

    " Gorgeous read - i love Tracy Chevalier! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 11/9/2011

    " Beautifully written and captured my attention from beginning to ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 7/7/2011

    " Excellent portrait of Holland during its Golden Age. "

  • 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. Seriously. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 5/10/2011

    " What a wonderful way to bring Vermeer to life! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nichelle | 5/9/2011

    " Had to read this for schopl, and just could not get into it. Defonotely not my kind of story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deedee | 5/8/2011

    " Wow! I loved this book! This is the first 5 star review I have given in a long time and this book deserved it! "

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About the Author
Author Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including 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.

About the Narrator

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.