The reader is wonderful and the story is engaging and entertaining. The device of moving back and forth through multiple time periods and plot lines had me hooked and carried me along with the story right up til part III. Then it degenerated into an exercise in dieu ex machina...actually multiple exercises.
I would still recommend the story, the characters are wonderfully detailed and believable and I really did want to know "who done it," but be prepared for the last third, which has enough improbable plot devices to make Charlotte Bronte blush.
How the story was developed was as intricate as the maze in the story, and it was wonderful to follow.
to discover at each point how each person's role fit together, truly an intricate puzzle.
For me the final scene was the best when all was known and finally the different pieces came together.
Eliza for sure, she was the most colorful and had the most character.
This book was masterfully written and surprised me continually how the author developed each piece of the story and wove it together into an intricate fabric which was not complete until the final chapter was completed.
I absolutely enjoyed this story! I mainly chose it because of the lowered price and am so glad i did. I was captivated by Cassandra's, Nell's and Eliza's stories and how finding the truth of the past was what was needed in order for healing to come for the present.
A Sweeping Epic
Nell. She lost everything, couldn't even remember what she lost, but her desire to get it back was so strong that she attempted to risk everything to get it. Her devotion to family, even though having a complicated and fractured family history was compelling.
This book sucked me in after the 1st 10 minutes. Then I couldn't stop listening. When I returned home, and had to turn it off after my commute, it was a disappointment. But turning it back on the next day was a joy. I have finished it yet, but I know I will be sad when I finally have to let go of this wonderful and entertaining story.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, it was just what the Dr ordered. Agreed, its not a particularly original tale and the ending was to be expected but the telling of the tale was very well done and got me hooked from the start. Loved it and am sad I've heard it all already.
The overlapping of stories and the blending of fairy tale, so many threads woven together to make a great story.
My only complaint was that her accents seemed a little muddled, but not enough to annoy me much, over all I enjoyed her rendition of this tale.
Once upon a time?
CT Girl 1962
Yes, it is an excellent story of a family with beautiful historical nuances.
The characters are brought to life by the narrator. Their emotions are felt whole heartedly.
A beautifully written story of 3 generations. LOVED IT!!!
I enjoyed the narrator. The story was long, told from several distinct narrative points of view spanning several generations of a family. Full of mysteries and secrets. The changing points of view are well paced. I'm looking forward to re-listening sometime soon.
One of top books. Would listen to or read more than once. Seldom do I find a book that merits that action as I have little time in which to repeat anything.
Foundations of each character well established in an attention-gripping way.
"Memories and Twists of Three Generations"
First of Kate Morton's writings I have read and have already gotten more for future reading and/or listening. Not many authors have made me immediately follow with another novel written by them.
Amazing story. Brilliant writing. Just perfect. Will definitely read the rest of her work.
Although melancholy seemingly permeates in many of the characters and plot lines, I didn't feel that emotion at all when listening. Even in the conclusion, though you wish life would've been happier for Eliza, there's hope that sadness and regret will be forever put aside in the lives of Casandra and Christian....and new life given to the secret garden.
The fairy tales were a wonderful touch to a beautifully written novel & the beauty of Eliza's spirit lives on in them. The performance gave just the right tone.