The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer, write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales.

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When Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny.

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, and 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.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781508220190
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: 13th tale


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Jul 04, 2019

I must be the only reviewer who did not like this at all. I like the author in general, this one was a real 'miss' for me.

JCLEmilyD Jan 25, 2017

I'm usually not a fan of scary or horror stories, but this story is a mystery with many twists and turns that I found quite intriguing and just a little spooky.

Notes: I listened to this book and found the narration very well done. In the early chapters there are a few vivid scenes of self mutilation and harm to others, I suggest skipping those parts if you're a bit squeamish like me.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Oct 31, 2014

If you like Jane Eyre or Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, you will love this book. Literary, mysterious, and not a little creepy, this story is fabulously plotted and the characters are appealing. Audiobook comes with the highest marks--fantastic readers.

Sep 15, 2013

The 13th Tale is an awesome book!!

But on a stormy autumn/winter evening being read to by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner is paradise! Thank you Diane for finding such talent to tell your story!

SusanMarkLandis Sep 13, 2011

Really enjoyed both the story and the telling.

Jan 15, 2011

Writing quality: 5 stars. Beautiful.
Plot intricacy & execution: 5 stars. Very intriguing. I recommend a second pass, reading or listening, to fully appreciate how well crafted this work is.
Recording: 5 stars. Well done.
For use in book club discussion: 5 stars.


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