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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandre Dumas Narrator: Jonathan Fried Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781470360825
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Famous for classic adventure novels such as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas is one of the most popular French authors of all time. Set in the Netherlands during the seventeenth century, The Black Tulip follows young bourgeoisie Cornelius van Baerle as he attempts to claim the prize set by the city of Haarlem for growing the rare black tulip. On the cusp of victory, Cornelius is instead tossed into prison, where he meets the prison guard’s daughter and begins a relationship that may eventually lead to his rescue.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anissa | 2/9/2014

    " This was a pretty fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazel | 2/6/2014

    " As a child I loved this unreservedly, although I didn't really grasp the political elements of the plot. I had never seen a tulip, and was amazed and little frightened at the idea that so much desire, envy and treachery could develop over a flower. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the adventure and liked the love story too, although Cornelius didn't seem very heroic to me. "

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

    " An amazing story about something so simple as a black tulip (well not that simple considering there are no black tulips) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cima D. | 2/1/2014

    " This is was the 1st work of fiction I read as a young adult. It will always have a special place in my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Bird | 1/30/2014

    " Good Dumas, which is a very good thing indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 1/29/2014

    " I am pretty sure this was the book I read in college after taking up horticulture as a major. I really liked it which was huge, because I was not much of a reader back then. My professor John Griffin recommended it. "

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

    " Aspettando di leggere la versione integrale per dare un miglior giudizio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debi | 1/17/2014

    " I love the way that Alexandre Dumas weaves together so manny plot elements in this book. All his books are amazing! He keeps you guessing but gives you clues as to where things will end up. I really like historical fiction like this too since I feel like I get just a little glimpse of what life may have been like for the French at this time in history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessiane | 1/17/2014

    " I learned more about Denmark which is land of my maiden name. I learned about tulips and I learned that once upon a time they were called pickled cucumbers not pickles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/17/2014

    " Dumas is the master of storytelling. Yes, The Black Tulip is just the least bit contrived. And it was obviously written to be read as a serial, and by adolescents. But it's still charming, adventurous, a cliff-hanger. And sweet. The good guys get rewarded, the bad guys die. The Prince repents his hasty decisions. I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisa | 1/12/2014

    " Aspettando di leggere la versione integrale per dare un miglior giudizio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Denham | 1/12/2014

    " This was an interesting book and not at all like his musketeers novels. It might not be to everybodies tastes but well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/31/2013

    " I am pretty sure this was the book I read in college after taking up horticulture as a major. I really liked it which was huge, because I was not much of a reader back then. My professor John Griffin recommended it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 12/31/2013

    " Me facino la trama donde esta maravillosa planta es la protagonista. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya | 12/25/2013

    " Those who have suffered much, have a right to be happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 12/18/2013

    " The beginning of this book is an extremely violent political murder in Holland. However, that only provides the backdrop for the main theme, which is a love story. It was a very enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/9/2013

    " There was a lot of history in this that made me feel smart while I was loving the story! Significantly shorter than his other works, so it wasn't as much of a commitment "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 12/6/2013

    " The first several chapters took a long time to get through for various reasons. There is a lot of history and some gore. After that, it is a nice mystery romance set in the 1600's. I enjoyed the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Stout | 11/29/2013

    " a real snooze-fest compared to the illustrious and every gripping and suspenseful "count of monte cristo." I just listened to it on walks and while there were a couple gripping passages about the passion of tulips, the rest was rather trite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anuradha Alwis | 11/25/2013

    " I read this book when I was 10 years old. It is strange that I know that I like this book but I can't recall most of the story. So I was in a dilemma to mark this as read or to-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailey | 11/25/2013

    " Rather slow in the beginning, but wonderfully dramatic in the middle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/22/2013

    " Very interesting back story and setting, but except for William of Orange, characters flat. Decent yarn; most notable for its examination of political and moral ambiguities. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jit Haw | 10/27/2013

    " One of the only books my dad has ever read. He hates reading. I blame this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Bird | 10/16/2013

    " Good Dumas, which is a very good thing indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/6/2013

    " I read this for my ward book group. It's not nearly as good as the count of monte cristo, but its an easier read. Good characters a little love and some history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenna | 9/20/2013

    " Fun, short Dumas piece concerning an unfaily imprisoned man's attempt to cultivate the elusive black tulip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 baran Sadr Amirebrahimi | 8/27/2013

    " I used to love Dumas' books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tawn | 8/1/2013

    " I liked the story, thought the characters a little flat, but would recommend as a place to start with Dumas if his longer books intimidate at all! "

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

    " learned a lot about black tulips, ppl obsessed w/flowers. quick read, fun. this translation in particular was good, not convoluted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/4/2013

    " Not Dumas' best...maybe it was just the translation. Would make a great kids' movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/29/2013

    " Slow beginning despite the violence but I got into it and Really enjoyed it! Still not a speed read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adriana | 5/5/2013

    " I actually liked this book...didn't love it, but liked it. Hard to explain because there are so many things going on, but it's worth the read and it took me two days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/18/2013

    " Slow beginning despite the violence but I got into it and Really enjoyed it! Still not a speed read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josy | 11/12/2012

    " Interesting story of the trials the people responsible for developing the dark tulip experienced - the betrayals and deception from those who wanted to take away the credit even to the point of killing to get it. The book is also available in English. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 11/3/2012

    " I really enjoyed this small but action packed book. It was full of action, intrigue, legal injustices and love of gardening! I really got a sense of the period and the political ructions which set the scene at the start. Definitely to be recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Leane | 3/11/2012

    " Awww MAN! Now I want to grow some tulips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiersten | 10/8/2011

    " I thought the main character, Cornelius was kind of a dope. Rosa was kind of awesome--I feel like she could have done better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 9/22/2011

    " The Black Tulip was a fast, fun read. I liked it very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivan | 8/12/2011

    " Un bon roman, certes dés fois lent, mais amusant.
    L'événement qui amorce le roman "Les aventures incroyables de Till Uhlenspiegel et Lamme Goedsak" a peut être été inspiré de Dumas.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 8/12/2011

    " The Black Tulip has one of the most silly plots imaginable, but it is so wonderfully written that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Without a doubt, this was my least favorite of Dumas's books, but not equaling The Count of Monte Cristo or The Three Musketeers is hardly a severe critique. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 8/3/2011

    " I loved this book! The first chapter was a little difficult to get through but after that I couldn't stop reading it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtis | 7/24/2011

    " This story starts out kind of slow and rambling, but picks up speed gradually as the villan appears. Near the end it really starts to roll. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Leane | 6/20/2011

    " Awww MAN! Now I want to grow some tulips. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Leane | 6/20/2011

    " Awww MAN! Now I want to grow some tulips. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 5/30/2011

    " Very interesting back story and setting, but except for William of Orange, characters flat. Decent yarn; most notable for its examination of political and moral ambiguities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 5/30/2011

    " Take the Count Saint-Hermine, from Dumas's novel about the same, give him an obsession and make him somewhat interesting, then toss in Constance from the Three Musketeers as well as some Dutch political intrigue, and you have The Black Tulip. All in all, classic Dumas and a fast and good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 5/8/2011

    " I guess this book is not a children's book, since it is extremely violent and scary. But I have read it as a child and again as an adult, both times found it troubling... but beautiful. Very recomended - but keep an eye on the kids just in case.. They might have questions. "

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

    " I listened to this book via MP3 while commuting to work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 4/8/2011

    " a real snooze-fest compared to the illustrious and every gripping and suspenseful "count of monte cristo." I just listened to it on walks and while there were a couple gripping passages about the passion of tulips, the rest was rather trite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 3/30/2011

    " Forgot the magic of Dumas. A great adventure story....around a flower! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisette | 3/5/2011

    " The beginning of this book is an extremely violent political murder in Holland. However, that only provides the backdrop for the main theme, which is a love story. It was a very enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/20/2011

    " Ever heard of the Dutch Tulip Craze? This book was fascinating! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya | 2/13/2011

    " Those who have suffered much, have a right to be happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/30/2011

    " A gruesome start to an otherwise good adventure + love story. A quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 7/4/2009

    " I really enjoyed this small but action packed book. It was full of action, intrigue, legal injustices and love of gardening! I really got a sense of the period and the political ructions which set the scene at the start. Definitely to be recommended. "

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About the Author
Author Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870), French novelist and playwright, was born the son of an innkeeper’s daughter and one of Napoleon’s generals. He moved to Paris in 1823 to make his fortune in the theater, and at twenty-eight he was one of the leading literary figures of his day. His complete works were eventually to fill over three hundred volumes, and his stories made him the best-known Frenchman of his age. He is best known for his ever-popular classic novels The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Fried is an actor best known for his roles in the films Kate & Leopold and B*A*P*S. He has also starred on episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Alpha House, Person of Interest, and others.