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 enjoy character analysis and mystery novels, and this was an excellent combination of both genres. The characters are intriguing and the plot is rich in the unexpected. If you are a Margaret Atwood fan, you will savor this book. The narration by two different readers for the main characters enhanced the quality of this rendition. This was a great listen.
This book was beautifully narrated and such an enjoyable listen. If you love books and stories this one is for you. I hope the author writes more, but if this is her only work I would understand. It is simply perfect.
Words describing this book are so inadequate. It is the best listen or read I have ever had. Don't let the "ghost" piece scare you off from this incredible interweaving of lives and souls. It is a remarkable piece of fiction that on the one hand you want to hurry and finish and on the other hand you want to linger over every word and dread this incredible book to be over. It is a must read.
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.
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.
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.
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