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 is a wonderfully engaging tale of tales and lives with mysteries in both realms. Diverse characters brought to life by the excellent readers. I had no problem staying engaged. I hope to see more from her soon.
I was so drawn into this story that I lost track of time. Any true book lover will identify with the world that is created in the story within the story. The whole idea of losing yourself in the world your reading about, becoming part of the story yourself and letting the story continue without you. As we all imagine the stories continue, happily ever after is not the end.
I sampled the story and was immediately captivated by the narrator. After finishing the book, I read the reviews and was surprised by the number of reviews written! Clearly something to talk about! Struggling to finish one of The Best Authors, this book was a breath of fresh air, the kind of book I have not read before. The story within the story so passionate and painful, it was hard to put down.
The author brilliantly anatomizes the relationship between characters, delicately takes the reader back into the past and captures the very essence of the human relationships: love, revenge, hate and lust. It is a gripping tale and, like a great painting, can be revisited and rediscovered. I highly recommend this book.
This is a well crafted story, constant and engrossing. Narrated very smoothly without the slightest bit of interference on the writing. I enjoyed this book so much and have recommended to several others who have enjoyed it equally. With out a doubt this is one of my favorites in my audio library!
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I listened to this book last summer and it is still one of my favorite books. The readers of this book contributed greatly to my enjoyment and I still look for other books they have read. I highly recommend this book.
This was beautifully written and beautifully read--a wonderful, juicy, gothic-style story I just couldn't put down. The characters were engrossing, and the twists totally unexpected. One of my favorite reads in a long time.
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