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 was a true page-turner (can you call an audio book that?) It was excellently written and skillfully narrated. Using 2 narrators was purely genius and it made this incredible tale come to life.
This is a memorable story, full of heart-wrenching love and tragedy, described with palpable emotion.
Many twists and turns through the entire story. Wonderful narration by both Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner. I listened to this at night and found it kept me awake long past when I should have been asleep, and stayed in my thoughts throughout the days following. Will definitely look for more from Diane Setterfield.
Sorry but I was disappointed in this book's ability to keep my interest; I stuck with it for over 2 hours and then simply stopped listening. It took far too long to make any sense; like I said, after 2 hours I still wasn't grasping the plot or storyline. I almost wrote audible to ask for a credit back. So bad I won't ever try another book from D. Satterfield.
I absolutely loved this book-from the beginning to the end. It is one of those rare reads that I have recommended to ALL of my friends. The book is well read and beautifully written. Please hurry, Diane, and write another - and put me on the waiting list!!!
Lots of mystery, and questions. All gets answered in the end with a true Jane Eyre type feeling. Loved it!
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
This is the best book I've listened to in over a year. The story is mesmerizing and the narration is superb.
I didn't know there was already a lot of hype about this book. I downloaded it simply because it sounded good. WOW, was it ever! I LOVED it! My dog got so many long walks while I listened to this because I couldn't turn it off! I loved the narration as well. It might just be me, but I love an English accent, and it drew me right in! I highly recommend this book.
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