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This book was unpredictable in many ways which made it fun to listen to. The reader was excellent as she navigated between half a dozen characters. I listened on a trip to Amsterdam and it was perfect for the history and the setting the time of The Golden Age in Holland.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The characters were deep and well defined. Remarkable story that I had no idea how it would end. Author's grasp of language made it intriguing and smart. Narration was perfect. I felt as though I was part of the story.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I'm afraid I didn't enjoy Rula Lenska's narration. I thought I would, but she didn't always pronounce things correctly. Her tone was very drab in the low notes and croaky higher up, making some of the characters quite annoying, and I found her interpretation of Cornelis made him creepier than he needed to be! She didn't encourage my sympathy with the protagonist either.
What other book might you compare Tulip Fever to, and why?
I guess the Girl with the Pearl Earring, owing to the Amsterdam setting, its famous painters, the 17th century, and the focus on female characters.
Would you be willing to try another one of Rula Lenska’s performances?
Not for me, I'm afraid. I can still hear one of the characters crying and it was grating like nails on a blackboard. Sorry, Rula!
Did Tulip Fever inspire you to do anything?
I purchased because I have recently visited Amsterdam and learned a lot more about its history, and the book had good reviews. I'm going to read Black Tulip by Dumas next, to explore another/older take on tulip mania.
Any additional comments?
I know this has been made into a film which I think will be released next year - I can see it being more compelling on screen, with the evocative shadows in the dark canal houses, and shimmering reflections from the canals, the mists and sounds of the period, and the haunting pace which could be achieved by following characters around the narrow streets: a good director could make a really great film, but I'm afraid Rula Lenska's reading soured me towards the book more than if I'd just read it myself.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful