I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
This is a great story. It is full of mystery and romance. The narrator makes you feel you are there. Once you start you cannot put the book down. This book enticed me to read the author's other books.
I have not read one quite like this one.
The narrator was great. She made you feel you you were there in the book somewhere. She was great.
Whoa! I LOVE this book. The story is brilliantly written and the characters really come to life. There are SO many threads and the author weaves them together beautifully in the end. The people and places really come alive while your reading, Kate Morton did such a wonderful job with her descriptive writting. I found each character to be endearing and then disappointing in their own way and in their own time as I read this book. Some coming full circle to redeem themselves again. A dark family history full of secrets and twists. A new favorite and a MUST READ!
Shorten it by decreasing the character build up.
Ended with a bigger bang. The whole story kept building and building to an anticipated crescendo, but then it just ended.
Her ability to jump between accents
Not specifically a follow-up. However if the author can deliver a better conclusion I would try another by her.
Reader Caroline Lee has a young girl's voice, so unsuited to the 98-year-old narrator of this novel that the dissonance detracts from the entire listening experience. The story itself includes all the well-loved, well-used elements of melodrama, such as the decaying great house, upstairs-downstairs, mysteries of birth (obvious from the start and why it takes the character so long to figure out, I have no idea), loves lost in World War I, crass industrialists, unhappy marriages and doomed affairs, and so on. What's not to love in all that? Unfortunately, there's very little tension to the sweep of these petty events because the story moves at glacial pace. If I cried at the end of this love story, it would be with relief that it was finally over.
this is a wonderful story covering three generations. It is complex and full of surprises, not difficult to read and absorb. It will keep you interested right to the end.
The main characters are all well drawn and the relationships unfold slowly but surely.
a great read.
The story was beautiful. I really cared about the characters and at times, felt like part of the family. The narrator was incredible...the best I have ever heard. She has a beautiful voice and does a great job with the different accents. The whole experience was a complete joy that I plan to experience again.
Learning to Love Loves Labours Lost
I don't for a minute believe that a first person narrative character with so little understanding of human behavior and basic, universal driving forces could make it through grad school, let alone become a preeminent archaeologist, a science that relies heavily on instincts for why people tend to do the things they do. How many times did I hear her say, in effect, "If only I had known that..." Yeah, honey, (I kept thinking, and even said out loud a few times), and you are the only moron on the planet who wouldn't have picked up on that. Who but a gatepost could have figured out that motive????" I've never found myself so utterly irritated by a character's basic cluelessness that I struggled with myself over whether or not to finish the book. How disappointing. This is one of those books that tells you on the first page that characters die on the last page...and why not? They're obviously too stupid to live. Fictional Darwinism at its most tedious.
A story so obvious to all but the most emotionally handicapped that I just wanted to bang my head against the wall. Truly, I do hate to offer up such a negative review, but is this all you've got, Ms. Morton? Really? This is the very best story you've got in your head???
An older actress (the lead character IS in her 90s for a big chunk of the book, after all) with a less "PEHHHHHHFECTLY" affected British accent and a bit more dexterity of characterization. She's got three voices, and I was frankly tired of each of them by the end of chapter one. A family member in another room of my house actually came in to ask me how much longer the book was, as the narrator's voice was getting on his last damned nerve. When I told him, he cranked up the Led Zeppelin and told me to call him when it was safe to come out.
Frustrated sarcasm. Bleh. "Drone, whine, whine, drone...everybody's life was just so PEHHHHHHFECTLY beastly after the war, and the rich were all so PEHHHHHHFECTLY self-centered in the '20s"...somebody just shoot me. Downton Abbey this ain't.
How I do hate stories that threaten to go someplace interesting, only to sit there with the plot construction of a first year composition student's not-very-best effort. I just want to break out a copy of The Great Gatsby and thank God fasting for F. Scott Fitzgerald.
There are so many good books in the world to read, don't waste time on the crappy ones !
I relished this book from the first line to the last! What an absolute pleasure! Three days after finishing it and the characters are still living inside my head. Its hard to settle into my next novel when everything is still so vivid and real! If you loved Downton Abbey, you'll love this. And in terms of the narrator, please don't let the detractors put you off, she was just perfect!
Friends who want an easy reading long book.
Grace. She was a professional character.
The House of Riverton is a novel set in a manor house around World War 1. We met the family through the eyes of Grace, a house maid at Riverton. Grace begins working at Riverton when she is 14. As an elderly lady, Grace tells the story of Hannah, Emmeline and Robbie Hunter. I liked this novel. It was easy to predict some of the story lines but it was a good read. I listened to the book on Audible. Sometimes it was a little disjointed because the story jumped from past to present without warning. I think it would have been easier to follow in a book.
If I am to read books of this time period again, I will stick to Edith Wharton.
Entertaining, mystery, romance
If you read Rebecca or Jane Eyre and loved them, then you will enjoy this story. The setting will remind readers of the BBC hit Downton Abby. The story line starts in current times and flashes back the early 1900's but smooth writing and a good narrator never leave you confused.