I found the writing and storyline engaging, but why is the narrator Australian? She tries to do an English accent but every time her native accent came through (often) I was completely distracted and taken out of the story...most of the characters are English, and none are Aussies, so it makes no sense at all. She has a lovely voice but that accent makes no sense for this setting.
Retired teacher then social worker living in Spain.. have three grown up children 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
about six out of ten.. Entertaining and absorbing. One becomes involved with the characters and wants to know how they faired.
The old lady who was once a maid servant
Again, the maid servant, both as a young girl and as an old lady
A peep into the lives of people from different backgrounds and experilences
Just not the kind of style of book for me. A story of yesteryear and a style of yesteryear. Some flashbacks, and the story moves at a gracious pace, informing of historical settings and conventions, but not for me.
There is no fault in her writing, just not enough impact for my taste.
No, i find the narrator and her weird accents too annoying. I prefer to imagine the voices of the characters myself.
It reminds me of Atonement, but less depressing, maybe a little of The Great Gatsby is in there too?
Grace was the most interesting character, but I do think the fact that Caroline Lee is Australian spoils the rendition of this story. I didn't mind it so much with one of the other books which I believe started in Australia, so made sense. Having everybody from every walk of life from Essex to London speaking with an aussie accent, or her idea of local accents with an Aussie twang was silly.
Please no film, it's been done before.
Predicatable, but still a great story and if you can deal with the Aussie accent all the way through worth a listen.
I enjoyed every bit of this book. Caroline Lee is a great reader !
I have also listened to "The secret Garden" and I am not sure which I liked best.
Nothing more to say except that I am looking foward to listen to the last book from Kate Morton and read by Caroline Lee.
I am a retired high school American Sign Language teacher. Ph.D in multicultural Education. Married, 2 grown daughters.
As always, Kate Morton's story weaves a secret held until a most unexpected end. And Caroline Lee's expertise at giving every character a distinct voice and personality.
Not on the edge of my seat but always wondering what would be reveled next. Better than "edge of my seat."
Yes. As usual, excellent!
I get very attached to Kate Morton's characters. Caroline Lee is a first rate narrator.
Again, my favorite author and narrator.
The win-win sales on Audible are a fantastic way to discover new books. This book would have been worth the whole credit because the story was so well told. As with other reviews, I agree that it started off a bit slowly, but once I got into it I enjoyed it so much. This was my second Kate Morton book (the first being The Forgotten Garden) and I found this story to be far superior.
The story goes back and forth through time and weaves a well researched tapestry. For Downton Abbey fans, this takes place in roughly the same time period. Caroline Lee's narration was terrific.
First, a little heads-up: The book apparently was once titled "The Shifting Fog." When you first start listening this may confuse you a bit. Fortunately, someone eventually figured out what an awful title that was. Anyway...
I love all sorts of historical fiction because it gives me a chance to try to understand how others lived in other places and times. This is no exception. The setting is one I have always enjoyed - the "manor house" in the late 19th and early 20th century - and it's an excellent story, full of mystery and some suspense, as well as finely drawn characters and settings.
Caroline Lee did a wonderful job with all the voices, although her Americans certainly sounded hard-edged and harsh to my ears. They also sometimes slipped the British in just a bit. But it wasn't so bad as to be distracting. Overall, I enjoyed listening to her.
It's a leisurely story, as befits the time in which it is set. Just relax and go with it. I enjoyed the pace and Kate Morton is a wicked good story-teller.
This book rates at the top of my favorites.
Yes, I would be open trying another book by Kate Morton.
I really prefer to read books for myself, but my eye sight is getting bad. However,compared to other audible books, Caroline did a good job.
Great family history through the eyes of a person in service of the family.
The book was good but I don't like stories to start with the end first.
Yes, many of us watch Downton Abbey and I think this has many similar threads in the story. It goes from modern times back to World War One era. It is a good mystery as are all of Kate Morton's books. You get a feel for both the noble people and the servant class.
I love her accent and her ability to bring different areas of Britain and Australia into her different voices.
Morton builds the story slowly, but stick with it, it will make it worth it in the end.