Margaret Lee, the protagonist, was bookish and tells her story at an antagonizingly slow pace. Her world was her father???s shop that dealt in rare books until she was compelled by invitation to write a biography for a dying, yet famous author. I have to admit I seldom read stories about women as central characters. I must overcome this limitation, but looking back over the year, John Irving, Richard Ford, and Pat Conroy???s characters were easier for me to comprehend sympathetically. Women live in a parallel world from men. (Thus reveals my narrow perspective.) As an example, Miss Lee??? musings of lost twins never stirred in me the sensation of mystical presence and wordless communication it intended. Nevertheless, as the story reached its climatic end I realized the slow, easy, wandering pace had covered an enormous tale spanning three generations. I fell in love with it. The narrators were excellent. Just as I thought I could predict the outcome, the story would reveal another twist thus, burying the truth a little deeper into the lost past. Repeatedly, the entreaty of the young man in the beginning would point the way with his plea to the dying women to ???tell me the truth.??? The ending was very good and made me want to start the story again from the beginning to better understand Margaret Lee
I love books and was skeptical that I would like an audio version. The Thirteenth Tale is a wonderful story; and the narration is first rate! I will listen to it again and again. To listen to a story while I work (photo editing) or craft is great. It is easy to pause the story, back up to review, or bookmark a spot to pick up later.
I never write reviews. It's probably not a good thing because I rely on them heavily when making my decisions. This book has compelled me enough to write a review. It has been a month since I first listened to this book; I can't stop talking about it and am already listening to it again. I don't know what it is about it, the great narration or the mystery in the story itself, but this book is definitely worth your time.
It's so refreshing to listen to something that wasn't predictable!! I will certainly read more from this author in the future. The ending was complete and left me satisfied. This book kept my interest from beginning to end. This is a must read :)
Wonderful writing & exceptionally captivating and well-crafted story. I thoroughly enjoyed the 15+ hours and was completely immersed in the novel.
I enjoyed this book when I listened to it the first time, as it is well written somewhat in the style of old favorites from Austen, Dickens, and the Brontes. Excellent pacing and real, complex characters allowed the intrigue to develop and continue to suck me in. Then when I had a second listen for a new bookclub, the richness of the story and the writing revealed itself even further. I've listened to it 4 times now and find something new every listen.
For those who love 19th century english literature, this novel is destined to be a new treasure. For those who simply enjoy a great mystery, a well written book, or a good story, this novel is a worthy investment of time and money.
Dark and British... puts me in that Dickens mood... I listened 3 times from start to finish. Each time I caught another piece of the puzzle. Well written and expertly narrated. I have followed Bianca Amato to her work with Alison Wier's The Innocent Traitor. I am in my vehicle all day and if a book is not written or narrated well, I can't listen. This one was a blue ribbon winner. Please, Ms. Setterfield.... more of the same!
A very engaging tale about a book lover for book lovers. It made me want to re-read some of my favorite classics. I didn't want this book to end!
Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
Another book that is probably superior to listen to than to read. The main character, Vida Winter, is far more interesting than the narrator, Margaret Lea. The plot is engaging but the book drags a little in the re-reading of diaries and the re-telling of preparation of many cups of sweetened hot beverages that are apparently addictive to survive Yorkshire winters.