The Miniaturist

  • by Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by Jessie Burton
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Specsavers Book of the Year Award 2014
National Book Awards: New Writer of the Year 2014
Waterstones Book of the Year 2014

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...
On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways. Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall? Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
Jessie Burton was born in 1982. She studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, and has worked as an actress and a PA in the City. She now lives in south-east London, not far from where she grew up.


Audible Editor Reviews

Winner of the Specsavers Book of the Year Award 2014, the National Book Awards: New Writer of the Year 2014 and Waterstones Book of the Year 2014, The Miniaturist is written by rising fiction star Jessie Burton and narrated by the author in this complete and unabridged audiobook. Hear of the unique love story of Nella Oortman, whose life changes forever when she leaves her family in the countryside and enters the house of her new husband. Find yourself as curious as Nella about the wedding gift she receives from her husband. A tantalising story available now from Audible.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I'm still waiting for something to happen.....

it was rather like listening to someone read a long list of items 'and then I did this, and then that happened, so I did that, and then I did that, and then I did this....... '

So what happened to the parrot, who opened the window, what happened to Jack, why the significance of the minatureist, why was Agnes looking ill, who was the pock marked man, why did the confectioners wife become friendly and generous, why did nothing happen when the court case was so obviously flawed???????
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- Fiona Keates

The Miniaturist Or A Bride For Appearances Sake!

What did you like most about The Miniaturist?

I liked the story line, it was different. I enjoyed the social history, though in reality, I didn't find much of this.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought some ends were made to tie up, they didn't feel like natural outcomes.

What does Jessie Burton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I didn't think that the author read her book as well as an actor might have done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

This was a good book. Sadly unlike some, I didn't think it was a brilliant book. Maybe reading it myself, I might have given it a better score. I would read/listen to other books by this author.

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- Annie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios