The Black Tulip


Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan

(4.6 stars; 74 reviews)

The Black Tulip, written by Alexandre Dumas père and published in 1850, is a historical novel placed in the time of Tulipmania in the Netherlands. The novel begins with the 1672 politically motivated mob lynching of the de Witt brothers and then follows the story of Cornelius van Baerle, godson of Cornelius de Wit. Cornelius Van Baerle has joined the race to breed a truly black tulip – and to win the prize of 100,000 guilders, as well as fame and honour. As he nears his goal he is jailed and then of course rescued – by the beautiful Rosa, daughter of the jailer.

(7 hr 34 min)

Chapters

01 - A Grateful People 20:27 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
02 - The Two Brothers 16:48 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
03 - The Pupil of John de Witt 17:26 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
04 - The Murderers 19:05 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
05 - The Tulip-fancier and his Neighbour 18:24 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
06 - The Hatred of a Tulip-fancier 15:04 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
07 - The Happy Man makes Acquaintance with Misfortune 20:45 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
08 - An Invasion 14:14 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
09 - The Family Cell 9:19 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
10 - The Jailer's Daughter 8:38 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
11 - Cornelius van Baerle's Will 23:33 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
12 - The Execution 6:52 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
13 - What was going on all this Time in the Mind of one of the Spectators 8:36 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
14 - The Pigeons of Dort 9:23 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
15 - The Little Grated Window 12:37 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
16 - Master and Pupil 12:49 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
17 - The First Bulb 15:41 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
18 - Rosa's Lover 11:44 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
19 - The Maid and the Flower 13:50 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
20 - The Events which took place during those Eight Days 16:46 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
21 - The Second Bulb 14:50 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
22 - The Opening of the Flower 11:52 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
23 - The Rival 12:47 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
24 - The Black Tulip changes Masters 9:03 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
25 - The President van Systens 12:28 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
26 - A Member of the Horticultural Society 16:06 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
27 - The Third Bulb 15:59 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
28 - The Hymn of the Flowers 14:49 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
29 - In which Van Baerle, before leaving Loewestein, settles Accounts with Gryp… 13:49 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
30 - Wherein the Reader begins to guess the Kind of Execution that was awaiting… 6:46 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
31 - Haarlem 14:00 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
32 - A Last Request 8:48 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan
33 - Conclusion 11:02 Read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan

Reviews

Tulips and Romance

(4 stars)

The reader did a very nice job on this story which starts out with a grisly true-life event and then becomes a fairly sweet romance centering around the secret growing of the elusive black tulip at a time and place where tulips were supremely celebrated. I loved the characters of Rosa and Cornelius. She's a very modern heroine and he is the perfect, nerdy damsel-in-distress. This was good fun.

Great story

(4 stars)

Another great reading of Alexandre Dumas. I had never read one of his books until I found the Count of Monte Cristo on Librivox and since then have listened to nearly all the titles that have been recorded on here. This isn't quite as thrilling of story as the three musketeers books but still a good listen.

Lovely reading, fascinating story.

(5 stars)

This reader is wonderful and learning about the "great tulip war" was interesting. Definitely interested in reading up on some William of Orange, as well.

Very well read and entertaining stiry

(5 stars)

Not as intriguing as Alexander Dumas other novels, but still has excitement and suspense. Gail did a wonderful job reading as well

(3 stars)

I was interested in this book cause I have queen of the night tulips. Nice read and done by one reader which is always nice for listeners.

good book

(5 stars)

as others have said, not as engaging as other Dumas books but still very good. I like this reader very much.

Loved it.

(5 stars)

The story was intriguing and was well read. Makes me want to plant tulips.

great reading to a classic book

(5 stars)

Great smooth reading and true pleasure to listen