the story was captivating
the revelation of the truth
she did a great job of bringing the characters to life.
Great audiobook. I was looking for a WWI period book (to help fill the void left by the end of the Downton Abbey season) and this turned out to be a really good story. Morton is a skilled writer, her language is beautiful and touching. The story has some lovely twists and the dual timeline adds an extra dimension. The narrator did an excellent job too.
I would highly recommend this book to friends. The story takes you in immediately and you feel as if you are there, with the characters.
When Grace figures out her mother's secret.
Grace, of course!
Most certainly. It was hard to stop listening.
It needed something more to hold your interest.
I loved her voice and she read very well.
I couldn't get interested in any of them.
I wouldn't recommend it.
First : The narrator makes this book, she is terrific. The sound quality is great. Production value is wonderful. The story though, is drawn out.
I feel the author was doing this to build suspense but the climax is not climatic, its lame, and the jumping back to the real life time of the narration is dull because I can't find any reason to care or identify with the main character. She seems almost unlikable and a unfocused personality type. Not many in the story strike me as likable or interesting let alone intriguing.
Many of the ensemble seem to be caricatures, they are not constant, or maybe the better word is integrated, they seem kind-of, well, disingenuous. The writing is ok. There are parcels of the whole that stand out. However very shortly after I finished the book, the story line was already fading into a myriad of diverse stories that might have a similar plot or sub-plot or narrative style ( Downton abbey, The Lamorna Wink, Remains of the Day, Thirteenth tale etc etc) or historic template etc. The House at Riverton can't hold it's own. It sort-of disassembled for me. Simply not unique enough for me to remember and rather too ho hum to recommend.
yes ... the words are soo good..
the ending was very moving and surprising and answered all questions...
no...she was very good...I usally prefer male narrators but she was great and I have just begun the next one..
secrets are deadly..
It is amazing how this book became one and a first book for kate...wow...and she seems so cool in her articles appearances...I love her...uh married here 44yrs...but I still think she is sweet.
I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.
I've read other stories by Kate Morton, and they are always good. I enjoyed The House at Riverton because it gave me a "fly on the wall" view of life below stairs at an English estate in the days before and during WWI. If you like Downton Abbey, you'll love this story. But that is not all there is to it. There is a mystery and a secret that Grace, the young maid at Riverton, keeps until right before the end of her life. There are surprises waiting for you!
Caroline Lee does her usual grand job of narration and gives Grace a voice that ages with her. You'll get your credits worth with this story.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
I enjoyed the story but part one was way to slow, i had to go back and re-listen because i could not tell you anything that i had just heard as my mind would wander. Once i got through that though and even though it remained slow it kept me interested and upon finishing the book in the end i was glad i read it.
Caroline Lee did a wonderful job narrating, I found myself remembering how she portrayed each character way after I finished the book. All in all it was a positive experience, I did not feel I wasted the credit
I enjoyed this story. It might be to slow paced for some listeners as the solution is not clear until the last 15 minutes! Interesting and fun details about 1920ies!