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
I was bored by a third of the way through and almost quit listening, then it picked up, but by the last third it was pretty predictable. I think the author tells us too much in a too obvious manner and it moves slowly.
It became too easy to see what the ending was going to be so I just wanted to finish.
She did a good job with the various accents, Australian, English, American. Probably if I had been reading it in print, I would have quit or just skipped ahead to the end.
Yes, it would make a good movie or TV show.
Overall, it was just too obvious in telling the reader everything without leaving us anything to figure out or understand on our own.
Intriguing story, which didn't lag. If you enjoy the English turn-of-the-century-free-spirit-heroine type of novel, you'll like this. The author did a wonderful job of painting pictures and capturing characters' actions with words. I do wish I had read the book, rather than listened to the audiobook format. Given the fact that the storyline wasn't linear, it would have been nice to be able to flip back a few pages or chapters to re-read sections to refresh my memory after I skipped a few days between listens. But don't let that stop you -- it's a good listen and the narrator was excellent.
I loved everything about The Forgotten Garden. Each segment, going back and forth through the century, drew me in. I loved the narrator's inflection and accent. I look forward to listening to more books by Kate Morton and narrated by Caroline Lee!
Cheering for her so many times.
The way the characters were made so human and so complex
Finding the key and finding the garden.
I wished I could listen to all in one sitting. Even though the book is long, I could still have listened longer.
The story spans 100+ years and is full of mystery and suspense, and picturesque details. Narration is very good, subtle and appropriate for the 3rd person narrative, yet convincing of different eras and accents.
There were many, which made me gasp aloud.
They were all great. She brought all the women (and men) to life. But Eliza was maybe my favorite.
When Sammy was lost in the fog to Eliza while playing their game.
I will be listening to this again, and looking for more titles by this author and voice actor! The only thing I found (at first) distracting was the musical interludes between chapters.