I didn't like the shifting back & forth in time; hard to keep track. It was very detailed but I kept with it. Listened to it at home while cooking/cleaning. I plan to try another Kate Morton book-this was my first experience with her writing. I was disappointed with the ending.
Yes, except I would warn them that they have to listen very carefully to the last few chapters; otherwise they might be confused as to what happened to the characters. I checked the book out of the library, in fact, read the last few chapters-finally got it. It seems as though she left the plight of several characters hanging. It was like it ended with a whimper instead of a bang.
Ms. Lee has a nice voice but so definitely Australian that it really was off-putting for a story set in England. In the beginning chapter, the pronunciation of any two letter words, like "No" is jarring, since the Aussies pronounce it with a 'curly-que' at the end, like 'No-a-e', like it had 3 syllables. I got used to it after awhile. If you want three words to describe her voice, I'd say...Australian, Australian, Australian.
Yes. See how they would handle the swinging back & forth in time. I like the historical period so would probably enjoy the sets & costumes as well.
I wish the author had tied up the loose ends for all the major characters. i.e.: how did Grace happen to become an archeologist? What happened to Alfred after he married? It was a long book, maybe it would have made it into 2 volumes if she had. I'll try another of her books, see if she follows a similar pattern to this.
I bought this book during a win-win sale for $4.95, and would've spent the whole asking price for this book. THe pitch-perfect balancing act between past and present, upstairs and downstairs, joy and sorrow, love and hatred, was incredible!
Having an Australian narrator read this book was a little distracting, but I didn't find her accent so strong that I couldn't believe the characters were British.
This book was beautiful and dark and complex... worth every penny, and more!
I'm actually only a couple hours into this book, and I THINK I like the story, but the Australian narrator is so wrong, I absolutely can't get past it. If possible, I'm going to return this book.
This performance could have been significantly better if they had used an actual British narrator -- I don't know what the producer was thinking.
This is my first review on Audible and I've been a member since 2001. I have over 1,000 books and this is only the 3rd book I won't finish. There have been plenty that were not very good, but at least I got through them.
I think I would really like this story so I'll return the audio book and go to the library for a hard copy.
A wonderful historical novel with a mystery at its heart. Told in flashbacks by an old woman who had been a maid in an English country house during World War I, and later a lady's maid to a Bright Young Thing in the 1920's, the novel opens with a mystery, and the solution is only revealed after layer upon layer of character and history has been meticulously laid down. It's beautifully structured--the gradual revelation of character is as compelling as the plot contrivances of any potboiler, and there is a twist at the end that is worthy of de Maupassant.
Anyone who comes to the novel after enjoying "Downton Abbey" on TV, as I did, will enjoy the complex relationship between mistress and maid, which leads inexorably to the final tragedy.
I keep being drawn to Kate Morton's book and I am never disappointed. The characters are endearing. The plot has enough twist and turns to keep you guessing. The ending pulls the whole book together. I know I will be listening to more kate Morton books in the future.
This book, like many of Kate Morton's books, is beautiful. I really enjoyed it from first to last, because of the atmospheric but very realistic painting of life in the early twentieth century. The characters are very vivid, the story gripping and completely believable and Caroline Lee's voice brings it all to life beautifully. Don't miss this one, and then read Kate Morton's other books. She hasn't disappointed me yet!
I had just finished reading Kate Morton's "The Forgotten Garden" and was blown away by it when I started "The House at Riverton". I guess my expectations were too high in expecting another masterpiece.
Although I do agree with others that the Aussie accent while reading English characters is slightly off-putting, it could easily have been overlooked if the story had developed better. It was indeed very slow to develop, but then it never developed, and it ended without there ever being much of a story to tell. For as long as the story was, she could have gone into more detail about Grace herself, especially her life post-Riverton.
I give it 3 stars as it was well-written, but withhold the extra 2 stars because the story was lacking.
Hoping her third book is as good as "The Forgotten Garden"...or at least better than this one.
I was very intrigued with the story line, but did not feel a particular attachment to the characters.
I've listened to two of her books--The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden. I enjoyed both for different reasons. The Forgotten Garden was a little more predictable but it was also a little darker, which I liked. The House at Riverton I felt was more suspenseful and mysterious. Others listeners may think the reverse.
Kate does a fantastic job of taking the reader between present and past without creating too much confusion, I think. Excellent books. Can't wait to download the next one.
Narration is great as well. Caroline Lee does a tremendous job.
I really loved this book. I wanted to stay in the car and keep listening. If you like Downton Abbey you will love this book. Some people didn't like the choice of narrator. I thought she did a great job.