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Summary

The House of Fortune is a glorious, sweeping story of fate and ambition, secrets and dreams, and one young woman’s determination to rule her own destiny.

In the golden city of Amsterdam, in 1705, Thea Brandt is turning eighteen, and she is ready to welcome adulthood with open arms. At the city’s theatre, Walter, the love of her life, awaits her, but at home in the house on the Herengracht, all is not well—her father Otto and Aunt Nella argue endlessly, and the Brandt family are selling their furniture in order to eat. On Thea’s birthday, also the day that her mother Marin died, the secrets from the past begin to overwhelm the present.

Nella is desperate to save the family and maintain appearances, to find Thea a husband who will guarantee her future, and when they receive an invitation to Amsterdam’s most exclusive ball, she is overjoyed—perhaps this will set their fortunes straight. And indeed, the ball does set things spinning: new figures enter their life, promising new futures. But their fates are still unclear, and when Nella feels a strange prickling sensation on the back of her neck, she remembers the miniaturist who entered her life and toyed with her fortunes eighteen years ago. Perhaps, now, she has returned for her…

©2017 Jessie Burton (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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An interesting sequel ruined

The story is good and this is an interesting sequel but the narration is terrible! SO SLOW and ponderous it almost sent me to sleep with boredom. A good story ruined.

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Producer took a nap!

Love this author and enjoyed the story, would like to know what happens next. Someone fell asleep during the editing though; the narrator corrected herself numerous times to improve on her delivery, but these haven't been edited out, which is poor.

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  • 24-07-22

Returning this, narration distracting

I am giving up on this and buying the book. I read The Miniaturist and really enjoyed it so when I saw this appear on Audible I was keen to listen to it. The narration is pompous and very irritating, the characters merge vocally and I really tried to get past it but cannot so with regret I am returning it before it impacts on my subsequent reading.

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Fantastic book

Such a fantastic book. There was some poor editing in the transcript which was disappointing but it didn’t affect my love of the story.

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beautifully written

loved it, with its connection to The Miniaturist but standing alone. descriptive, and evocative

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Disappointing

I loved The Minaturist but this doesn’t come close and was disappointing from the outset.
Tedious story, poor character development coupled with brittle and oddly slow narration which irritated beyond description.
I have read all Jessie Burton’s work and sadly each novel is worse than the last.

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Interesting story, monotonous narration

I loved The Miniaturist and looked forward to seeing what happened to the characters 18 years later. However, the characters felt 2 dimensional and slightly cliched, with very predictable twists in the story line. I found the narration monotonous and lacking in dynamism. Every episode was retold in sonorous tones at a very steady pace, which didn’t engage me. I wish I had read the book instead, as I found the voice a big distraction.

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You definitely need to have read the Minaturist first or this will not make any sense. Slow pace, simple plot, melancholic and it’s hard to like any of the characters particularly apart from the empathy already created in the first book.

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Pineapple

The narration is good but I prefer the author reading it as she did before. Less of a plot more character led than ‘the miniaturist’ and I wasn’t as engaged. However I will read the book when the library has it and suggest for a bookclub.

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Intriguing story and so beautifully narrated …. Hopefully there could be a third book lying in wait?

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