I'll have to start off by saying that once I started, I couldn't wait to get in my car everyday to be able to continue this story. It was dark and dramatic with lots of twists and turns and mysterious bumps in the night. However what really made this story was the narration. Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner put in a wonderful performance. Good fun all around.
It took a while for the book to captivate me, but after an hour or ... three ... I was hooked! If you like a woman's tale filled with plot twists, a few dark characters, an unlikely heroine to tackle personal struggle with tenacity and imagination then this one is quite possible for you. Worth the wait and the hours invested. I've listened to it twice...
The characters are complex, yet not overwhelming. Well written. It has your attention immediately. I have had a difficult time putting it down. I listen/read very few books time and again. I will listen again! It's like that great movie that you want to revisit time and again.
This was one of the best books I have ever read! I am so surprised I have not heard more about it and that she has never written anything else. I recommend this to every reader I know no matter your preferred genre.
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing. Beautifully written and beautifully read, Only sleep dragged me away from this story and even then it was a battle. Anyone who loves reading will be drawn to this novel. Stories within stories which are so well done that as each story is peeled away to reveal the next within, you are caught again and again. Absolutely a work of true literature, this book will take you in and not let you out again until the very very last word. I can only hope there is more from this author.
The Thirteenth Tale is a must listen/read if you are a British literature fan. Setterfield is an amazingly skilled storyteller with a style that is reminiscent of Bronte or James. I enjoyed every bit of this wonderful book and couldn't stop listening to it! The narration is also fantastic. Amato and Tanner bring Setterfield's rich characters, and their emotions, to life with their brilliant narration. Definitely a must for your Audible library!
Well, now that I have listened to this - with 2 FABULOUS narrators - and such oh SUCH an interesting tale - I will have to read it again. Because although the whole thing is not a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-to-find-out-what-happened mystery (in other words, the tale is worth the telling in full), the ending is a bit of a surprise, and like the movie Sixth Sense, I now have to go back to catch all the clues! This is AMAZING! The narration is SUPERB. The story is compelling, heartbreaking, inspiring, and I love the old-fashioned-ness of it. All ends are tied up, Dickensian coincidences abound, happily-ever-after (but not in the way you would expect at ALL) seems to be achieved - just GET THIS BOOK AND LISTEN TO IT - AND THEN AGAIN - AND AGAIN!! A new fave for sure.
I read this book because of a book club, but ended up fully enjoying it and not being able to "put it down!" The storyline is unique, for sure, and has lots of twists and turns, that don't leave you feeling whiplashed. The ending will hopefully surprise you, and make all the rest of the book seem like a well-connected puzzle. The beginning is a tad slow, but don't let it throw you off. And the narrators are really good, using just enough inflection and pause to keep the meaning of the words true. There is a lot of reference to Jane Eyre, which I read after this book just to see the connections, and liked it a lot as well. (You do not need to know the other book to have this one make sense, however.) I highly recommend this book!