I enjoyed this, it was a fairly good listen and held my interest until the end. Clearly the author loved reading Jane Eyre, was profoundly influenced by it, and set out to write a similar type book. One of the two readers is melodramatic in tone, but the reader who does Vida Winter's voice is excellent. I don't know if this is worthy of any audible awards, but it did make my time on the treadmill tolerable. I would characterize the book as pleasant, but not memorable.
On the strength of the reviews, I thought this book would be much better than it was. I felt it was only an average listen. The maudlin emphasis on the lead character's missing twin, the too-obvious attempts to tie in to Gothic Victorian novels.
It was an average freshman novel, to my mind.
THE MOST SPELLBINDING BOOK I HAVE LISTENED TO IN A LONG TIME. I ALSO GAVE THIS TO MY DAUGHTER WHO COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. WE BOTH LISTENED DAY AND NIGHT. I HOPE THIS IS NOT THE LAST BOOK FOR MS SETTERFIELD. THERE WERE SO MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS TO THE PLOT. WONDERFUL, WE WILL RECOMMEND IT TO ALL OUR READER FRIENDS.
Started a bit slow and ho hum. The story quickly picks up and takes you on a wonderful journey with an ending that leaves you saying 'WOW, what a story.' I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Of all the books I have listened to since joining audible this has been my favorit. Diane Setterfield WRITE ANOTHER BOOK. You are good.
Great charactor development. The end took me by suprise and that does not happen often. Congradulations, fine work.
This is a wonderful read - suspenseful, intellectual, intriguing. The characters are all well-developed and believable, despite being sometimes bizarre. The two narrators are excellent and the readers well-suited to their roles.
This tale is for all who love well-crafted language that spins a captivating story. It is also for those who make cherished friends of the novels they love. I have made friends with THE THIRTEENTH TALE, and I anticipate more such encounters from the pen of Diane Setterfield.
I tried to read this book three times and couldnt get into it. I figured I would go one more time and listen. WOW, quite a difference. IMO its a much better book to listen as it unfolds then to read.
I still don't agree with all the hype about it but it was an enjoyable listen. Glad I gave it another go.
This was the perfect book to listen to. The two main characters are storytellers and they are read by two narrators. You can just sit back and listen to them spin their tales. And the two main storylines -- one about each character -- are engaging, with enough twists and interesting developments to keep you coming back to listen more.
I loved everything about this book and have listened to it 3 or 4 times already and am not tired of it yet. The readers had the most exquisite diction and clarity of speech and the story iteself was deliciously complicated and fraught with surprises. A true "Victorian" mystery novel.