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)
Its a good book but the listening got a bit long and drawn out at the end.
Diane Setterfield's writing is phenomenal and the readers did the prose justice. I might just buy the book to highlight some of the most moving passages about books and reading I've ever seen (or heard). I lost myself in the story and I could not stop listening.
This book was one I had in my ipod for over a month and wasn't too excited to start it. However, once I started I was hooked. I will definately look for more books by this author.
This audiobook was great. The narration was perfect and added so much to the tone of the tale. The story was haunting -- it was hard to stop listening yet I didn't want it to end. Highly recommended.
What a wonderful tale that unfolded from the two excellent and distinctive narrators. It was storytelling at its very best.
The carefully descriptive language allows the reader to be immersed in the imagery of scene and psyche. Although the theme of the loss of a twin is not strong enough to hold up the plot, the characters and settings are. I enjoyed listening to this up to the very end.
The reader was fabulous and the story was intriguing. I was trying to find places to drive just to finish it. However, about half way through the novel and particularly towards the end, I got tired of the main character and a secondary character whining. Though still one of my more favorite audible books, I can only give it four stars.
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