I chose this as my first download because my book group had chosen it for the next month. As it happens, I was taking a group of students to Italy for spring break, and this novel made the flights more than just bearable. I love a good gothic novel, and the matching of voices and characters was perfect. It was almost more like a radio play than a novel. As a book, it was so well-written that I could actually catch the literary imagery and leitmotifs even without seeing the words on the printed page. A truly enjoyable experience.
Excellent story and well written. The readers were superb. This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen!
The book is beautifully written and the readers compliment the wonderful writing. I am only disappointed that I cannot find another book by Ms. Setterfield. I would rank this as one of the best books I've read. You'll not be sorry for choosing the "Thirteenth Tale"
What a great book!! This Gothic mystery is more for women than for men (I think) but it is not a "chick lit" typical mushy love story. It is a fantastic mystery filled with hidden corners and seams along the way. A reclusive writer asks a reluctant biographer to take her story. As the story is told, their lives unravel and begin to heal along the way. I didn't want it to end. This is another new favorite of mine! I loved it completely!
The narrators were fantastic!! I am so happy that I was treated to the audio version. Beautifully read!
I would give it six stars if I could.
This was my thrid audio book and has been my favorite so far. It is a dark story that is richly narrated by two wonderful women's voices. They made the story come alive and kept my rapt interest throughout the suspenseful book about a young woman who has been hired to write the biography of a secretive and demanding, though celebrated and well-known British novelist. It's a wonderful story that is perfectly narrated, and I highly recommend it.
I chose this book based simply on reviews (mostly positive). I was not disappointed. It's a classic story of a toxic family with secrets that are only revealed on the deathbed. I admit that it started a little slow, but I soon became intrigued with the promise of secrets to be revealed. The author did a wonderful job of maintaining suspense while moving the story along; it only lagged for me once or twice. I also liked that the author really tied up most loose ends so I didn't have to wonder what ever became of Hester or Margaret. I worried that the British accents of the narrators would annoy but I don't think story could have done without them. I would love another book like this one.
Great narrators. The person in charge of production could have added a couple seconds between the last word of each chapter and the title of the next chapter, but that's more a note to the producers, if they're following reviews of their work, than it is for potential listeners. For potential listeners, I would recommend the book very highly. It's a great book that's interesting from the beginning, has elements of mystery to draw us in and keep the story going, and has some great moments, helped by the narrators.
One of the finest books ever written. I just listened for the 2nd time and it was even more wonderful than the first. Beautifully narrated. For those who love to read and need to read, this is a must.
Absolutely gripping from the very beginning. This is a beautiful told ghost story that will keep you guessing until the end. Add to it the fantastic narration by both Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner and you'll find it impossible to not listen straight through to the end.
This was one that held my attention from the opening sentence to the final words. I was captivated by the premise and the intertwined stories. The narrators were wonderful to listen and really produced the imagery & emotion the author so masterfully spun for our imagination and enjoyment. I am really looking forward to Setterfield's next novel. One more thing, a thank you! For not feeling the need to include vulgar descriptions and sexual content. I was able to enjoy this book with my children present and for that I am grateful.