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The Miniaturist - A Novel

Jessie Burton

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella's life changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways... Johannes's gift helps Nella pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand–and fear–the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation...or the architect of their destruction? Enchanting, beautifully written, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella's life changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways... Johannes's gift helps Nella pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand–and fear–the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation...or the architect of their destruction? Enchanting, beautifully written, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
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On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella's life changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways... Johannes's gift helps Nella pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand–and fear–the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation...or the architect of their destruction? Enchanting, beautifully written, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Davina Porter

Length:

13h 18m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

09:51


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

19:19


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

15:53


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

17:52


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

07:23


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

22:04


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

09:52


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

12:47


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

19:22


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

17:38


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

14:47


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

24:39


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

14:12


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

14:28


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

19:00


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

25:04


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

09:21


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

13:00


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

17:41


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

08:49


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

17:12


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

13:32


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

15:46


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

10:02


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

09:23


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

14:04


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

15:29


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

20:04


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

07:13


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

15:51


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

13:44


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

19:04


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

11:41


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

15:37


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

16:55


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

12:22


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

12:52


Part 4, Chapter 37
Part 4, Chapter 37

19:35


Part 4, Chapter 38
Part 4, Chapter 38

18:18


Part 4, Chapter 39
Part 4, Chapter 39

15:48


Part 4, Chapter 40
Part 4, Chapter 40

19:57


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

12:13


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

09:52


Part 4, Chapter 43
Part 4, Chapter 43

19:17


Part 4, Chapter 44
Part 4, Chapter 44

24:13


Part 4, Chapter 45
Part 4, Chapter 45

21:46


Part 4, Chapter 46
Part 4, Chapter 46

22:27


Part 4, Chapter 47
Part 4, Chapter 47

09:50


Part 4, Chapter 48
Part 4, Chapter 48

13:37


Part 4, Chapter 49
Part 4, Chapter 49

14:40


Part 4, Chapter 50
Part 4, Chapter 50

09:20


Part 5, Chapter 51
Part 5, Chapter 51

13:01


Part 5, Chapter 52
Part 5, Chapter 52

00:52