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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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    Mary Rhona Yuma, AZ, USA 03-07-10
    Mary Rhona Yuma, AZ, USA 03-07-10 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read"

    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.

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    Susan Little Rock, AR, USA 01-24-10
    Susan Little Rock, AR, USA 01-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    This story grabs you from the beginning and will not let you go! The narrators were excellent.
    Hope she writes more.



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    AtticusAtticus Bronxville, NY, United States 01-08-10
    AtticusAtticus Bronxville, NY, United States 01-08-10 Member Since 2016

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    "It stays with you."

    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.

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    Andrea Hyde Park, VT, United States 01-01-10
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    "Simply wonderful"

    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.

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    Georgeanne Maldonado 12-23-09 Member Since 2006
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    This is the best book I've read in a long time. Wonderful!

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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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