I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
This is my first exposure to the work of Kate Morton, and what a find! A sweeping, multi-generational tale of love, envy, loss, etc: all the things you expect in a big family saga. BUT...the plot twists, character development and cross-era delivery kept me in constant anticipation of the next revelation - for more than 20 hours! The story turns came right up until the very last moment. When not listening, I was thinking about the story and the characters and looking forward to the next "listen." Caroline Lee does a great job with all the British accents, a fair job with the Australian ones, but is a bit hopeless with American dialects. Not important enough to deter any listener.
All in all, one of the most satisfying experiences ever in listening.
Not my usual kind of thing, but I enjoyed the mystery. A little maudlin and very derivative of "The Secret Garden." Definitely escapist, good for vacation.
Love is too strong a word, but I enjoyed the characters.
This is one of her better ones.
She has a delightful voice. One of my favorite narrators.
Im not sure why the author chose to make the characters so unsympathetic at first- I really didn't feel any interest for them or their story at all and they annoyed me. The second half of the story takes on a more interesting turn; it introduces a new time and place, and some part of me was interested enough to listen through to the end. The story is somewhat redundant, and there is a big "reveal" which the reader sees coming for miles, so it is boring to listen to the characters muddling through the mystery. I found myself rolling my eyes at this book frequently.
Sort of a boring performance. Accents weren't great.
sigh. Don't think so.
I am an attorney for a higher education research institution. I am married, have two children, and I love my organic vegetable garden.
Great characters set in interesting time period.
Excellent reader with great voice and emotions who breathes life into the characters.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
Kate Morton writes beautiful stories that will intrigue you. This is the 2nd audiobook I have listened to of hers (The House at Riverton was wonderful). The author creates well-written characters with interesting stories and fun dialog. I was always interested in listening and didn't feel it was boring, but I times I thought the book was moving slowly and was too long. That is the reason my rating is 4 stars instead of 5. However, I do recommend this audiobook to anyone that loves well written stories that are unique. This story moves from the 1900's to 1970s to present day with each chapter, yet it is easy to follow and comes together in the end. There is a mystery involved, but this is not a thriller. The mystery unfolds very gradually and in the end too many coincidences have to happen so while the mystery wasn't my favorite part, the characters, the dialog, the places were really amazing. I look forward to my next Kate Morton audiobook.
I enjoyed the story/plot the way the author weaved back and forth from the 1900's, 1975 and present day. Unique charcters that kept you quessing through out the book. I can't wait to read more from Kate Morton