This audio was great to listen to and a fantastic story. I highly recommend it and look forward to another of Kate Morton's audios.
Yes, because it was very involved and would be interesting to listen knowing the ending.
13th Tale and Woman In White
It was good but I rarely found myself driving around to continue to listen to the book as I have done with some!
The story was unpredictable at times. I like to see if I can guess ahead what may happen, and many times, the story line surprised me.
This semi-gothic novel was at first confusing, because it shifted time, place, and characters so quickly. It came together, finally, sort of, in a pretty sad and disappointing way. The characters and their motivations are established, and then they behave in ways that are inconsistent with those motivations. I hung in there, expecting some of the perplexing behavior to be explained, but it wasn't. The major character, Eliza, wins the reader's heart because of her honor, truthfulness, bravery, and ability to survive, and then she behaves as though she was not the person we believed her to be. Her cousin, Rose, loves her more than anyone, until she doesn't. Rose's husband? I don't have a clue! He seems more like a plot device than a person. The brooding and twisted Uncle Linus is presented as kindly but uninvolved one moment, and obsessed almost to the point of being a child molester the next. Was he or wasn't he? Wes the "bad man" the detective or Linus? Who knows? The entire effect was unsettling, and worse, unbelievable.
The Forgotten Garden, as with this author's other novels, is a very easy read/listen that is well-written, compelling and fun. I tend to go through periods of heavy listening to serious pieces then need to come out of the fog with light, comedic work. I transition back to the heavy like I'm headed down a staircase, and this is where Kate Morton's work always falls. Not frivolous, not too dark. I especially appreciate the pace. Where many serious, historical fiction or classic novels take a lot of time to discuss in great detail people, places, thoughts, concepts or scenes, Kate Morton's writing is always perfectly paced, non-skim-able, and does not idle where one may lose interest. Her storylines are exciting and compelling, and their lightness does not implore one to search for hidden meanings or wonder about loose threads.
One of my main reasons for purchasing any Kate Morton book is the narrator. I enjoy how she handles Morton's lovely writing - they're a perfect match.
I had to start over to make sure I was on the correct page. (Literally) But I did get hooked and enjoyed this story immensely.
I loved this book. A delightful tale of a grand daughter who goes in search of her late grandmother's steps to find out the truth about her grand mother's origins. The story bounces back and forth between the present and the past changing characters and captivating you in more and more with each minute.
enjoyed the narrator and this fun plot that traveled back and forth in time to solve a mystery.
loved her various accents and voices.
no-one that I know of, sorry
It wasn't that the story was bad but it was too much back and forth with so many characters and also with the different ages of these that it made it too hard to understand. It was just too jumbled up.
The story seemed like a good one but again, it was too jumbled up to understand it and enjoy it.