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The Thirteenth Tale Audiobook

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: AudioFile magazine called Jill Tanner's performance in The Thirteenth Tale a tour de force...and I couldn't agree more. Both Tanner and Bianca Amato are absolutely marvelous in this haunting debut novel, their voices seamlessly weaving the best story-within-a-story plot that I've ever heard. Reminiscent of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, The Thirteenth Tale is a real thrill for fiction lovers. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2007

"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)

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    Stephanie Corralitos, CA, USA 12-04-09
    Stephanie Corralitos, CA, USA 12-04-09 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good Listen"

    It starts out slow, but honestly I would sit in parking lots and in my driveway at home to keep listening. The story captured me and surprised me.

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    Ralph Woodbridge, VA, United States 11-24-09
    Ralph Woodbridge, VA, United States 11-24-09 Member Since 2009
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    "So sad it had to end!"

    I loved this audiobook. The narration was wonderful, the writing was superb and I can't wait until Diane Setterfield comes out with a new book. I lost 5 pounds while listening to this book because I just wanted to keep walking on the treadmill.

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    Trina Sultan 11-07-09 Member Since 2016
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    "One of those can't put down books"

    Loved every second of it. Wishing for heavy traffic so I could spend more time with it.

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    Michelle 09-05-09
    Michelle 09-05-09
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    "Enjoyed it"

    I agree with some of the reviews that the book was slow at the beginning, but if you hang in there, you will be entertained. Great twist at the end. You won't see it coming.

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    Melinda Galveston, TX, USA 07-22-09
    Melinda Galveston, TX, USA 07-22-09 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorite audiobook!"

    I loved this story. It is humorous and haunting at the same time. The characters develop so well throughout the story and I love the 2 women narrators. It is almost as if the story is being acted out. I was carried away by this book. Just loved it.

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    Bonny Greenwich, CT, USA 07-11-09
    Bonny Greenwich, CT, USA 07-11-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprise Ending!"

    I'm a booky ... and this book is about a book store owner/reader/writer/author and another famous mysterious author ... what could be better! The story is an interesting mystery that mainly takes place in a small village in England and takes place in present day and the past in the same location. It's about a crazed family with very strange twin girls that keeps you guessing until the end ... and you will be surprised! I enjoyed it a lot. I would say it's a girly book ... not for guys.

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    Eric B. MO, USA 07-09-09
    Eric B. MO, USA 07-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring and long winded"

    I bought this one because of the great reviews,I rarely start a book that I do not finish but this could not hold my interest though I kept trying and trying to hang for when it got better like some reviews said. 7 hours in and I give up its just plain boring

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    Joe MARYVILLE, TN, USA 07-02-09
    Joe MARYVILLE, TN, USA 07-02-09
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    "Outstanding!"

    This author can create atmosphere and characters with the likes of Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Bronte, Galsworthy and the best of the 19th century English writers. She recreates the wonderful atmosphere of Silas Marner, Return of the Native, the Forsyte Saga and other great English novels but does it with a foot in the 21st century.

    Heartilly recommended!

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    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX USA 06-13-09
    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX USA 06-13-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Can you spell "TEDIOUS"?"

    Good Heavens! I thought this story would never get started. Then, when it did, I thought it would never end! While the premise promised to be interesting, it turned out painful to listen to! When I finished I thought I would slit my wrists for having wasted a credit on such an abysmal story. I don't know, maybe the book is better.

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    Blee Medel 05-01-09
    Blee Medel 05-01-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Draws You In And Doesn't Let Go"

    This book does just what the my review title says! Any true book lover will be drawn from the opening pages. The two narrators do a fabulous job. This book still swirls through my memory months after listening to it. I recommend it highly!

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