Disinterring the life she meant to bury for good, Vida mesmerizes Margaret with the power of her storytelling. Hers is a tale of gothic strangeness, featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, and a devastating fire. Struck by a curious parallel between their stories, Margaret demands the truth from Vida, and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them.
The Thirteenth Tale is a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and we loved as children. Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter, and in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life.
©2006 Diane Setterfield (P)2007 Simon & Schuster Audio
"Bianca Amato is stunning as Margaret....[her] respect for the power of story and the written word is heard in every utterance. Jill Tanner accomplishes a tour de force as the enigmatic and mysterious Vida. In conversation her voice has the hesitancy and fragility of an elderly woman, but her voice takes on the strength and power of a master storyteller as she weaves her spellbinding life story." (AudioFile)
"Readers will be mesmerized by this story-within-a-story tinged with the eeriness of Rebecca and the willfulness of Jane Eyre. The author skillfully keeps the plot moving by unfurling a new twist in each chapter and leaves no strand untucked at the surprising and satisfying conclusion. A wholly original work told in the vein of all the best gothic classics. Lovers of books about book lovers will be enthralled." (Booklist)
A beautifully written novel demonstrating what I perceive as the grace of the written(spoken) word on an inviting mind. A very relaxing read. I cannot recommend it more highly and look forward to a prolific career for Ms. Setterfield.
It is rare to find a book that grabs your attention from the very beginning, keeps it all the way through, and ends with twists that are supported by the story. I have recommended this book and bought a copy for my sister.
Find a comfortable place, sit back and listen to this fascinating, mysterious tale. A novel about the way our stories of our lives can be manipulated, and eventually haunting. It tells a story about facing the truth and the pain that secrets can cause, even to those we live.
This is the first time I wished I would have gotten the bridged version. I was really torn about writting a review for this book, some of it was pure art, the authors writting is vividly poetic, and then there are times when it is overdone. My biggest disapointment was the end..it went on and on..and on.
I didn't finish the book, so additional comments are moot. The required 15 words are too many.
I had a hard time getting into this book. It is certainly unusual. The characters are not the norm or normal. I found it kind of depressing at times.
I still don't really know who was who in this story but it is well written and nice to listen to. As in any mystery, some things that were revealed were not such mysteries at all but others, like I said, still don't know how that all worked. Very enjoyable though and I may just listen again to try to figure out what I obviously missed.
I could only get past the first 3 chapters. Chapter one - contemplate letter found and the hand writing on it. Chapter 2 read letter and contemplate it. Chapter 3 loved books as a child. The writer knows how to turn flowery, eloquent verses but the problem is they are empty in content. Writer more interested in turning a phrase then conveying any real information or telling a story. God AWEFUL book.
I dont know how this got such a high rating, it was a slow paced overly descript tale that left me wondering if I missed something. Mono toned english narrative that will either put you to sleep (slow story) or irratate you (wasted money on this). If I had it to do over again, I wouldnt.
I purchased this book on a whim. I am glad I did! A wonderful story in every sense of the word. The narrator was wonderful and the story kept me in suspense until the end. An excellent listen!!
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