This book starts out a bit slowly, the most frustrating part at the outset being how the main character learns of her grandmother's "mysterious" beginnings from her great aunts. After that, the pace picks up and the story is engrossing. At first, I was annoyed by the music before each new chapter, but it grew on me as I learned to pay more attention, because the music signalled a change in the year. The narrator is quite good, though far better with female voices than male, and her American male New York accent is feeble. All in all, a good listen, and captivating story at a good price. I would definitely look for this author and narrator again.
I'm not a Kate Morton devotée, but I did read another of her books and enjoy it a lot, so I was hopeful when I started this. Unfortunately, I found it fell short - WAY short.
Here were my issues with it:
1. I didn't really care about any of the characters. They were somewhat two-dimensional.
2. Her editor fell down on the job - this book was way too long for a relatively simple plot.
3. The plot was surprisingly guessable for being so convoluted - the whole book felt like a study in patience as I waited (and waited and waited) to have the hypothesis I formed around the 3 hour mark proved right.
Do we really need all the music interludes between chapters!?! Distracting at best... Caroline Lee is a fine reader and her skills do not require artificial music breaks.
Albeit an enjoyable listen with a fine tip of the hat to The Secret Garden, the book dragged a bit at the end. The plot twists and mysteries were not so complex that the last 4 hours listening time could have been condensed into 2 hours.
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
This book hooked my attention, and I found that I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters... loved seeing the events through several viewpoints. By the time I finished, I felt inspired to create a walled garden and to research my family history.
I found it very heartwarming that certain personality traits were passed from great grandmother to grandmother to mother to daughter.... I was almost envious of the main character.. wanting a family mystery of my own to solve! Such a great read.
Caroline Lee has a beautiful and soothing voice - and such a great accent! She's the first narrator that's ever truly stood out to me.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
Beautifully written, I loved the entire story and how it was unraveled a piece at a time through several time periods and through the eyes of multiple characters. I loved the original fairy tales that were included and wish that Eliza's fairytale book was available as a separate edition. The ending was so satisfying, yet I was sorry for the story to end and to leave newly beloved friends.
This is a book that I will be listening to many times. There are three stories going on as the granddaughter, her grandmother and her great grandmother are revealed. The main character receives an inheritance of land and a mystery from her grandmother. The 3 stories unravel and are intertwined as you learn more about the fully developed characters. Descriptions, Suspense, Outstanding ending, Oh my!
Enjoyed it so very much, loved it because of the different times that it took place, and also that it takes place in different countries. Characters I found were all very interesting, Caroline Lee is a super reader and did all of the parts so very well.
I loved this book of four generations of women. It was so well written that it was difficult to believe that the characters - especially Elize Makepeace - were not real!
Story line too slow for me, maybe later. Narration accent too hard to listen to when the story could not pull me in. Maybe I will try again later.
"The Forgotten Garden" is an extremely well written book. The narration by Caroline Lee is also very well done. Although her male interpretations are not the best, you can still get lost in her beautiful voice. The characters are well formed and the story, although long, keeps you engaged and wanting more. Beware though, because I had a very hard time putting my ipod away and getting anything else done:). I would highly recommend this audio book and it will go on my personal list of favorites.