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  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,354

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you finish it, you'll listen again!

  • By Cathleen on 10-05-06

captivating well written and beautifully narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-10

This is truly a beautifully written book. The author's descriptions are poetic and visually rich. It is the story of a storyteller, and as such it feels like you are sitting at the foot of a master weaver of tales as they are spinning one just for you.
The narration was superb. With two actresses reading the parts and hitting the mark perfectly. I can't find any fault with my experience- other than the fact the I was so utterly transported that everyone and everything felt like an interference to the blissful experience of entering the world of this tale. Truly Enchanting.
For those of you put off by the idea of a ghost tale- don't be. It isn't what you think.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • People of the Book

  • A Novel
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199

This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!

  • By Yvette on 03-13-09

narration was extremely painful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-10

I never write reviews- but this narration was beyond painful, it was egregious!

It is not just that her accents were horrible, but it really seemed like the narrator just didn't care to take the time to even check how to pronounce certain terms and words that were repeatedly said within the text. Her characters were indistinguishable because she didn't take the time to learn how natives of any of the Countries in which the book's story touches actually speak.

I am a fluent Hebrew and English speaker- I don't expect Hebrew to be pronounced with an Israeli accent, but If You name a character "Lilah", and explain in the text that the name means night, and then for the rest of the text refer to the same character as "Lola"..... Well, I can only interpret that as a total lack of respect or care for the book you are reading and for your own craft as an actor!

I will never listen to a book with this narrator reading it again, and shame on Audible and Penquin for not being even slightly more strigent about the ability of the reader to actually read the book they are presenting.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful