Maybe. I bought this a few years ago because I'd listened to another book by the author and liked it. This one was soooo boring that I quit listening. I recently listened to another by the same author and liked it, so decided to try this one again. Narrator did a good job.
Condense it! I listened to nearly 6 hours before I gave up on it this time. She could have told in 30 minutes what was told in those 6 hours.
Job well done.
If it did, I never made it to that part.
I wrote a negative review the first time I tried to listen to this book. I asked Audible to remove it, because after enjoying another of the author's books recently, I wanted to give it another chance. This might have been one of her earlier books, because I have enjoyed a couple that she wrote. I absolutely cannot recommend this one, however.
I am still trying to get into the book. It's one of the slowest reads/listens I've ever had. I'm just past part 1 and I don't want to listen anymore. I will go on to another book. I must be missing something after reading all the reviews. It's like watching paint dry....Oil based!
If you're looking for a page-turner, you may find this book too slow. But if you like rich, believable characters, a vivid portrayal of life in a different time, insights into what life was like for servants, and a little mystery thrown in, you'll love it.
Note: ignore the reviewer who commented on this being just a reading of a screenplay. That person apparently didn't get past the first five minutes.
Audio is in Al's name but it's MaryJane who listens to the books.
Just finished listening to it, and it's still playing out in my mind, what a beautifully written and spoken book, I enjoyed it so very much. The characters were so real, during a party one can hear the music and the laughter. You can feel the pain of the people when they hit hard times, and then the ending, I hated for it to end. It's a wonderful history lesson too, about war, hard times, shell shock, just the difference from then to now.
Read the book, or shall I say listen to the book, you will come away with a beautiful experience I promise you. MJ
This book was excellent. The beginning seems a little rambling because you are being introduced to all of the players but you will quickly become engrossed. I only wish Ms. Morton had more than just these 2 books! I would have a hard time choosing a favorite between this and "The Forgotten Garden".
However, the title change to "The Shifting Fog" was very confusing.
When I first listened to this book the name was "The Shifting Fog". Has the story been revised since the name has changed? I will listen to it again on the chance there are changes.
When I saw the title, "The House at Riverton" I totally wanted another great story-within-a-story by Kate Morton. The pace of this story is not like "The Forgotten Garden", one of my FAVORITE books ever. This story did not grab my attention as strongly as "The Forgotten Garden'.
But it is a good read, just a different place in time and era.
I am glad I purchased through Audible. I anxiously await the next book by Kate Morton!
This is a well written book , researched thoroughly lots of period detail but it's just slow. guess i thought more would happen based on summary but it was slow paced throughout but still an enjoyable if not exciting listen. one note: narrator is excellent to listen to
This starts out very slowly and tedious but the final third of the book is breathtaking. It was only after the ending that I might have wanted to reread the beginning. It seemed like a James Mitchner book as it tells you more than you need to know to set the stage.