I can't live without books!
In some ways yes. I have read the print version and I enjoyed the story. However listening to the book - put me in Australia and England and in 1900, 1913, 1975 and 2005. It was hard to stop listening to this book.
Eliza was my favorite character followed by her great-granddaughter. I think what I enjoyed most about Eliza was her storytelling and her strong spirit. She truly loved Rose and made the ultimate sacrifice for her.
I would not listen to another one by Kate Morton. The story was interesting, but then she started adding bad language. It was totally unnecessary and offensive. It did not add anything to the story. Caroline Lee was doing an excellent job of narrating. I wish I could have finished the book, but due to the language, I will delete it.
Her beautiful accent.
Cannot answer since I do not plan to finish the book.
Haunting, mystical, eloquent
Well - wouldn't that just give away a huge plot twist????
my first - she's delightful
Rose: The Unbelievably Spoiled Brat
I am recommending this one to one and all. A read that takes you on a mystical journey to "once upon a time in a faraway place the beautiful princess..." I hated for it to end.
The story was very captivating. I found myself looking for excuses to listen more
This was my first Caroline Lee narration. I will look for more of her.
This was my first Kate Morton novel - and I will most certainly be listening to more from this author! The narrator was quite skilled at changing between the various characters (across generations and accents) helping to avoid any confusion between the three main story lines. I would, without reservation, recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Well done!
great historical detail, kept me hooked. The story flows smoothly from past to present keeping interest and maintaining the mystery.
This book was beautifully narrated. I loved the Australian accent for the Australian heroine.
I would compare it in some ways to the Thirteenth Tale which was also very nicely narrated in that it is a story which moves back and forth through time - sometimes in the present, sometimes the past, sometimes the distant past. It is a generational story which focuses on a grandmother and her search for her family, and the granddaughter and her search for her grandmother's family after the death of her grandmother.
Again....beautiful book, beautiful story, beautiful narration. So glad I bought it.
The mystery is different because it doesn't start out with murder. It starts with an old woman, Nell, who is dying. Gradually the story unfolds and you can't wait to learn the next clue to Nell's past. But the greater story holds others within it and it's great fun to discover all the connections.
In some ways it reminds me of Thomas Hardy whose books often had a tragic heroine.
My favorite scene was when Elisa and Rose first met. Rose was instructed to teach Elisa better manners, but Rose taught Elisa who ends up learning and enjoying life more. However relationships change.
Elisa is the most memorable for shaking up the lives of the folks in the "big house."
The complicated relationships that are revealed later in the story took a turn I did not expect. I really enjoyed the narrator who made the characters of the story come to life. A great audio experience!
well constructed story, mediocre prose, decent characters good story
The plot twists were ingenious, female characters were well written.
Male characters were weak and the male romantic interest was thinly fleshed out.
It was a wonderful, non demanding listen.