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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,299 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Chevalier Narrator: Tracy Chevalier Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9780786558193
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A tour de force of history and imagination, The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier’s answer to the mystery behind one of the art world’s great masterpieces—a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unknown—until now.

Paris, 1490.  A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house—mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting—before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries—his finest, most intricate work—on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives—lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look.

In The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier weaves fact and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry—an extraordinary story exquisitely told. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 2/17/2014

    " I have a collection of books given to me and this is one of them. It is pretty good. I seem to be interested in books about the earlier centuries.It was a really good book. But the ending left much to be desired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi | 2/13/2014

    " I loved the glimpse into tapestry-making in the Middle Ages that this book offered, but I didn't feel at all invested in the characters. Chevalier jumped to a new character's perspective each chapter, and it was a short novel. I understand why she might "weave" the novel together that way, but I have to say that I enjoyed Girl with a Pearl Earring and its characters a lot more. If you liked The Lady and the Unicorn, you might also like The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Artfullyoung1 | 2/11/2014

    " This was a very good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Jessen | 2/7/2014

    " This book was a little... bawdier?... than the other Tracy Chevalier books I've read, but it kept me very interested. I read it in about a day (whereas her other books, while I've enjoyed them, have taken me much longer to finish.) She told the story in first person from many different characters, and really did a nice job with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Foisset | 1/19/2014

    " Fascinating story that pulls you into life in the 1400's. While focusing on male/female relationships it also tells the story of how m medieval tapestries were commissioned and created. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/15/2014

    " This is another travel back in time novel. I loved learning about the way tapestries are made and the social status of the time. There's is some sexy stuff, so beware! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cely | 1/14/2014

    " This wasn't my favorite story, but it does make you look fancy and cultured when you can recognize this tapestry on TV and in restaurants. Just saying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/27/2013

    " This is the same author as "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" and I really like this author! She created this story around some famous tapestries in Paris. Very entertaining, as was "The Girl..." - I've only seen the movie, which was excellent, and want to read the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 12/15/2013

    " This was the last book that I read by this author and it was just as good as the other two. I like how she puts a picture of the paintings in all of her books so that you know what specifically she is talking about. I can't get over how real the people seem by the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandie Miller | 11/29/2013

    " I learned a ton about tapestry making, and there was a romance. But I've read better books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 11/13/2013

    " For me, the book jumped in too quickly and left me trying to figure out people and places a little too much. I like historical fiction, and I typically like books about art and artists, but this wasn't my favorite! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Orla | 11/9/2013

    " Slightly disappointing read, lacked the quality that "Girl with a Pearl Earring" contained. Seven narrators? Keep it simple, please and concentrate more on the writing! However there was a lot of drama which managed to get me through to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilie | 5/22/2013

    " This book was fun. She creates such a good character. I loved the weaver's daughter. She had a great will to not only survive but to live. "

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

    " Strangely sweet? There was something in the descriptions of artistry I liked here. The lady and unicorn are depicted through a tapestry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda | 3/31/2013

    " This book was okay. Easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Thurner | 12/17/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Another recommendation that I might have passed on. The author tells a wonderful story with similar writing to The Girl with the Pearl Earring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly N | 7/8/2012

    " Interesting story telling, very deep symbology. It was enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liliyah | 5/7/2012

    " hmm..cuma suka dengan nama dan istilah2 dalam kehidupan para bangsawan Prancis :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joslyn | 4/14/2012

    " I couldn't even finish it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgina | 11/22/2011

    " I've loved everything I've read from Chevalier so far, and I guess my expectations are high for her. I did thoroughly enjoy this book and got through it in about 24 hours, but it wasn't in the same league of wonderful as Girl With A Pearl Earring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cerys | 11/2/2011

    " Having seen and been beguiled by these tapestries in Paris I really enjoyed reading this fictionalised account of how and why they were woven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Hess Greenawalt | 10/20/2011

    " I lived in Europe and visited the tapetries in France. I found this book very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dori | 10/11/2011

    " What can I say, I'm a Tracy Chevalier fan. Plus I'm teaching the history of textiles next semester. So there you have it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Schibley | 9/21/2011

    " I reviewed this once this must the paperback as opposed to the hardcover. All in all, a great book, though I don't know if it belongs this the "Art" category. This is fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 casapazzo | 6/16/2011

    " Not as good as "Girl with a Pearl Earring," another of Chevalier's art history fictions -- this time telling the story of the famous Unicorn tapestries. Most of the major characters are fairly less likable than in "Pearl," but still has interesting details of life at the time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Garnette | 5/23/2011

    " Everything about Tracy Chevalier's books intrigues me. The setting, the characters, the theme (often art) and yet . . . Her writing is even improving. Still, I sigh when I fall for another. "

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

    " Fascinating story that pulls you into life in the 1400's. While focusing on male/female relationships it also tells the story of how m medieval tapestries were commissioned and created. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/16/2011

    " Not as good as her other works, but still worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gilahk | 5/14/2011

    " Reading this book wa like going back in time, getting into the head of people of another era, well written and an engrssing story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/28/2011

    " Very few likeable characters in this book but I do love the way she teaches about different periods in history by telling a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanjana | 4/27/2011

    " This satisfied my historical fiction craving. Although I think I may have liked Girl with a Pearl Earring better. This was a bit of a failed attempt at poignancy. But pretty good on the whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/22/2011

    " This is the same author as "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" and I really like this author! She created this story around some famous tapestries in Paris. Very entertaining, as was "The Girl..." - I've only seen the movie, which was excellent, and want to read the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/19/2011

    " Typical historical fiction. Interesting take on the mysterious tapestry's creation. Recommend to others who enjoy this genre. "

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

    " Just delightful with scads of provoking, comical, and endearing characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 3/29/2011

    " A really fun book. Lots of interesting historical detail - I love the idea of writing a story based on a famous, mysterious tapestry. Great for historical fiction lovers like myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/25/2011

    " I'm a fan of the original tapestry, I saw it many times (I go to Paris every year, to Cluny museum every two or three). I enjoyed the story and the research behind it. "

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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.