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)
This book was beautifully written and the narration was mesmerizing and so perfect for this novel. If you only listen to one book this year, this should be it.
I am a busy executive who has a passion for reading, mostly novels. This passion was passed down to me (and my brother) by my father who was never without a book in his hand. I regularly have two or three books going at the same time..always have audible books in my ear during long car rides in Los Angeles.
I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It is a treat to discover such a gifted new talent in the literary world. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Setterfield does next. If I ever wanted to be an author, this is the kind of author I would want to be
I'm a little surprised by the gush fest for this book. The writing and narration were solid, but the plot was predictable, especially to anybody who has read Jane Austen.
Also, I take exception with some reviewers referring to the book as a "ghost story" or "mystery". It's neither. On the whole, it doesn't rate more than 3 stars.
This book is different. What I mean by that is there were times when we really enjoyed this book and then there were times we didn't.
This book may be one of the few you should listen to the unabridged version.
I was extremely disappointed with this book.I made myself listen as I did not want to waste a credit and I had hoped it would get better.Unfortunately, that did not happen. I enjoyed the narrator.
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