This is one of my favorites so far. Kate Morton's stories and Caroline Lee's narration together are absolute magic.
The only comparison I have are other Kate Morton books. She is awesome! I haven't read anything that I would compare it to at this time.
Everything! I love the way she narrates the story ... you become totally immersed in the story. Her accents are fabulous in my opinion.
As always, it is the end where all the threads of the story are brought together to weave a beautiful tapestry! It is a story I will continue to think about. The fairy tales were magnificent too. Such a well written story! I can't say enough about this book. I was so sorry to see it end. Every character leaves a mark on you.
Give us more, Kate and Caroline! And thanks for the awesome stories!
It took a while for this story to capture my interest but eventually it did and I enjoyed the unique plot. The story follows generations of a family at different time periods. A few bars of music cue the reader to a time period change so it doesn't get confusing. A mystery is central to the story and is revealed toward the end. The narrator's natural mild Australian accent was very pleasant to listen to but when she tried to speak in other accents each word was enunciated separately which seemed odd to me. I'm glad I listened to the book and would recommend it.
Yes, I would listen to this book again. The story is complex, mysterious, and enjoyable.
The Secret Garden
Caroline Lee brought a lifelike emotion that I would not have experienced just reading the book.
No, I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.
A very moving story which is well performed.. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Would recommend it .
Too many characters, too many storylines, too long. It got a bit boring in parts but was fascinating in other parts.
She is brilliant! Faultless. Amazing.
No, quite long enough, thank you!
This is not a book I would normally read but I am glad I went out on a limb. It is a very good listen although the narrator did not create different character voices, it was still a good listen.
This was my first Kate Morton and I would listen to another. Good character development and interesting story with many twists and turns. Great book to escape to another time and place.
I had difficulty getting in to it at first but it was worth it. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. I absoloutly loved it.
What could easily be a recipe for confusion--a storyline that spans a century with chapters that jump back and forth decades at a time, interspersed with the timelessness of fairy tales woven throughout--results instead in a remarkable blending of the lives of multiple families across four generations to tell a story of love, treachery, an ultimately a celebration of the will to survive. Every main character is portrayed with multiple levels, being slowly fleshed out as the story discloses the reasons behind their actions. (That said, I felt the relationship between Rose and Eliza was never drawn clearly enough to justify the decisions they both made.)
The narrator was outstanding--sensitive, clear, carrying off an assortment of accents with great competency. I will search her out for other readings. And the scope of the story, as grand as it was, encompassing a century and half the globe, was pared down to the essentials enough so that the reader has a good sense of the various eras. A part of me feels that perhaps the story could be told with fewer words, but it would be hard to sacrifice some of the lush descriptions and lovely language.