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Girl with a Pearl Earring

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Tracy Chevalier

Narrated By: Jenna Lamia

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: March 2001

Duration: 4 hours 19 minutes


Tracy Chevalier had published her first novel and was wondering what to write next. Her eyes fell on a poster of a Vermeer painting which has hung in her bedroom since she was 19 years old. As she idly contemplated the face of the girl in the painting, she suddenly thought, "I could write about her."

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.

In this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired on of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings, Tracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place. History and fiction merge seamlessly in a luminous tale of artistic vision, sensual awakening, and daily life in 17th-century Delft.


  • Susan S

    Not a interesting book began to get a little boring at some parts

  • Dahlia Dominguez

    Wonderful story and an awesome narrator. Her portrayal of the characters brought the book to life for me!

  • Aaron Davidson

    Great story and the narrator has a clear voice and pronunciation

  • Erin A

    I love historical fiction and this was such a wonderful story, I played it twice. I love the name Griet...thinking about giving my next child that name!

  • Claudine Castillo

    The pleasant story drew me, allowing me to imagine the Griet's observations of 17 century Dutch life while giving me a glimpse into the complex domestic tensions of the anachronistic household. Griet is a quietly perceptive young character read well by the narrator. However, I simply could not stand the narrator's interpretation of Vermeer - the voice is too slow-paced and throaty for my taste. All in all, a good listen that will always affect how I look at the painting.

  • Anonymous

    Another fine Chevalier novel. The narrator does get a bit monotone, but the author does a good job of creating a story behind the masterpiece. Makes one want to study the painting in more detail.

  • Anonymous

    Characters were somewhat 2 dimensional but a pleaasant if not enthralling listen

  • Anonymous

    Tracy Chevalier draws us into her stories so that we emphasize with her characters. The author tells the story of Griet and the painting while taking us back to 17th Century Europe and it’s “cast” system. Very enchanting tale, one that I did not want to end.

  • Anonymous

    The book was soooo much better than the movie. The book describes the thoughts going through Griet's mind and the proprieties of that era... I couldn't stop listening to it and was sorry it was over at the end.

  • Anonymous

    This was a very nice story. It was well written and easy to listen to.

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Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier