I loved the narration. Caroline Lee is obviously an experienced audio book narrator. She made the characters come alive. The story moves from current times to flash back very frequently but one never gets lost. This is partially because the book is so well written but also because of Caroline Lee's tempo, voice changes and timing throughout the reading. She is masterful.
It was Remains of the Day with intriguing twists.
I loved the ending chapters when all of your guessing and wondering comes to fruition.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story.
The book does not flow, it plods. I kept falling asleep as I tried to listen to it drone on. The era that it attempts to encompass was exciting and vibrant but one could never tell with this edition.
Caroline Lee does a fantastic job narrating, and making it easy to define which character is speaking. However, the plot was weaker than what we usually see from Kate Morton. I found myself losing interest on a regular basis.
This book is almost a modern day Shakespeare, in that it is a tragic love story. So many times in the book, I wanted to stop the characters and shake them and make them see reason. But it was beautifully written and I loved being carried away on the words.
Caroline Lee did a great job of capturing the different nuances between characters. You always knew who was speaking and what their viewpoint was. I thought her performance of young Grace and old Grace was particularly well done.
This was my third Morton after Forgotten Garden and Distant Hours. After the Forgotten Garden, which I believe is her best, I was completely hooked on her story telling. I am always absorbed by her characters, locale and period. My love for the early 20th century of Britain is always beautifully captured by her mystical storytelling and they always involve a truly believable heroine. House at Riverton is such a novel and amply captures the sentiment of the ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ period. I simply loved this book. As always, the narration goes a long way to sell the words and Lee, yet again, delivers. Great, great book …
Absolutely - the storyline is full of twists and turns
Yes. I would make predictions only to discover that I had to revise and make another prediction. I had to keep reading to find out what had happened.
I have listened to three other Caroline Lee performances. I have like all three and wouldn't rate one performance above the others.
It would have been great to listen to in one sitting but there was too much substance to the story to condense it into a shorter version.
Absorbing family secrets
The way the story pulled you into this family and made you want to be one of their siblings. I have always been drawn to characters like Hannah. I also liked that even though it figured so prominently in the story, we didn't have to suffer the carnage of WWI. Except for one very brief and moving passage about David and Robbie's night at the farmhouse in Normandy, it was left to our imagination. The descriptions of Grace's life in service, especially at Riverton are incredibly well-written and interesting.
My favorite scene was when Teddy's sister, Deborah was snubbed by Robbie when she wanted to show him off as her discovery.
There were several moving moments, but the scene where Hannah and Robbie are on his barge and begin exploring the world through their imaginations was probably my favorite.
I love a good mystery story and usually prefer a faster-paced book. This book completely surprised me because the mystery is somewhat feeble, the pre-shadowing is so strong that I figured out most of the secrets, the narrator was often irritatingly self-effacing and I still loved it. Someone told me that Kate Morton unfolds her stories slowly and that she does, but it is never boring. The characters are more important than the story. I listened to this book in 40 minute segments for my drive to work and back and I would just sit in my car needing to hear more. Caroline Lee does a great job with the female voices but not the best with the male voices - otherwise I would give her narration 5 stars.
This was one of those stories where you get so engaged with the characters that you hate to see the end come. The narrator was perfect, such a softness that she made the characters become real. I will miss Grace. This was my first Kate Morton book and I am glad I chose it. Will definitely get her other books.
The story is beautifully written and unfolds very slowly until the plot twist is revealed. Now that I know the ending, I would not have the patience to listen to it again, but will listen to other books by Kate Morton.
Wonderful story with excellent narration. The characters were superb! The story isof a society that is long-gone. It is told through one of the servants and her sense of duty is key.
All the times Grace would be in the present reflecting back on her life at Riverton - it was very real.
Great book to listen to and imagine what life would have been like in England in the 1910s and 1920s.