The Muse

  • by Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by Cathy Tyson
  • 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A picture hides a thousand words....
On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever.
Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. Although Quick takes Odelle into her confidence and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - never more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.
The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half sister, Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences....
Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception - a masterpiece from the million-copy best-selling author of The Miniaturist.


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I loved this story

I love this story, and I love the way it was written and the way it was read.
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- Karyn Hitchman

One of the best audiobooks I've listened to

I picked this is feeling a little dubious but wanted something to spend my "last" credit on before I "cancelled" my audible subscription.. (they offered me half price for 3 months so of course I continued).
Odelle tells the story wonderfully, of Olive and her family's journey of love and loneliness, of life in Spain during the civil war and the beginning of WWII in Europe. The descriptions of artwork and life are well crafted and engaging. Worthy of the read.
As to the narration, it was one of the best I've listened to, and I've heard several hundred. Excellent changes between voices and accents, barely a mistake that I remember.
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- 3_piets

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-06-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios