©2006 Diane Setterfield; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
I can not recommend this enough. My only complaint was that it finished. I eagerly await anything more from this talented Author.
The gothic beauty, the mystery and the prose is all perfectly aligned to bring you hours of delight. You won't be able to turn this one off.
Beautifully written, Diane Setterfield takes you on a great journey to another world. I was enveloped by the characters and their stories. Loved it!
A real "page turner". I loved this book. It's full of loyalty, love, twists and turns - I could almost touch the characters and Jenny Agutter is an excellent narrator.
I have just finished this story and found an old fashioned sense of satisfaction in the ending that had the pieces tied and completed. It weaves beautifully in and out of the characters stories and time past and present. It never left me confused about who was who but always moved forward like a sturdy craft on the water sure of its destination. A fantastic read as I sat, drove, rode and walked.
As soon as I finished this book, I wanted to go back to the beginning and start all over again. There are so many intriguing aspects to the story and the author has been skillful enough not to leave any of the threads dangling unintentionally. A very satisfying read and highly recommended!
Verbally intoxicating. By turns, chilling and mesmerising -thank you Ms Setterfield.
Hats off to Jenny Agutter for her excellent narration. Skilled, accessible and honest narration is that vital link between author and reader.
Up there with Water for Elephants & The Time Travellers Wife. Compelling, I loved it and this is one of the few books I will listen to again.
"Atmospheric and gripping"
I couldn't stop listening to this wonderfully atmospheric story. The pleasure greatly enhanced by Jenny Agutter's accomplished narration. It's difficult to pigeon-hole the book: it delves into psychology and the paranormal; into a quest for the truth about identity and echos some of the themes in Jane Eyre. It's one of those books that sucks you into it's world and leaves you wishing it hadn't ended.
"A Fabulous Twisting Tale"
I first came across this book in paperback form and although it was a bit of an epic novel I waded my way through hooked by its secrets and saga. I really wanted to experience the story a second time but just didn't have huge chunks of time to sit down and read it so I purchased the audio version and it is as wonderful as I remember it!
The book takes place over two time periods and I must admit it is the older era which I find the most enrapturing and interesting. By the end of the audiobook the twists and turns will have you on the edge of your seat and you will want to listen to the whole thing again in order to consume every little detail.
"What is all the fuss?"
Not really? I persisted with it because it has been enthused about repeatedly by a neighbour, however, it is clear that she and I have quite different ideas of a twist in a tale. I felt like I was waiting for something to happen - despite things happening - they didn't have much impact on me.
I'm not sure what this genre is, so, no, it hasn't. However, I would not listen to another of this author's books as I felt the language and story to be somewhat laborious and repetitive.
The narration was as well done as it could be, although I didn't find myself enthralled at points I was perhaps supposed to be - again, I suspect this was more the story than the narration.
Not to persist with another audiobook I find boring, but instead, more on to a new one.
"A great reader but a dodgy plot."
Although the author spins a good yarn, this book left me feeling dissatisfied.
We do not know what year it is and the themes of the story are unmistakenly gothic. It has an engrossing atmosphere but the convoluted plot left me wondering if I'd got it right by the time I reached the end.
The main strength of this audiobook is the excellent narration by Jenny Aguter. This is what kept me listening.
A smart, well-crafted, rich stew with bits of Rebecca, The Haunting of Hill House, Turn of the Screw, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and every gothic trope ever. Excellent absorbing stuff for a rainy day, especially as the reader is so good! Top listen.
"this book is fun to read and well-crafted"
This book ranks with Company of Liars, Rebecca, and The Girls of Slender Means, and Excellent Women as pacy, psychologically penetrating, and entertaining. The Thirteenth Tale is also really well crafted.
one of my favourite books of all time, i really liked it and kept me listening. I only got it after loving the book , definitely purchase!
"Too much gloom & over dramatised doom"
I had to give up on this book by Chapter Five, I found the prose slightly ridiculously over dramatic, for example, feeling pain in every cell of the body and so on. I usually don't mind suspending disbelief a bit but his story was so stuck in one doom laden mood I just wanted to get out.
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