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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
I'm so frenetic in my thought patterns -- way too busy, but this one held my focus every time I got in the car. I couldn't have zoned out on this story if I had tried.
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