I do not hand out 5 stars lightly nor often. This book really stole my heart and mind. Great story, difficult time shifts handled masterfully, plenty of intrigue, and unforgettable characters. The performance is excellent.
Don't really like the ranking thing. Can only really comment on this book. Does it remind me of other books? Yes. In similar style of cleverly woven stories which travel across time, secrets and cross generation mysteries.
The Garden lives in the narrator's voice, the descriptions, the colour, the textures brought alive with the author's words.
Not so much a scene, but the stories within stories....Eliza Makepeace's fairytales are stand alone fairy tales but the skill with which Kate Morgan has woven them into the present and past is commendable. I loved the fairy tales which show a depth of insight into the spiritual and the exploration of human frailties.
Why rename it?
I recommend this book, each hour a joy to listen to. I did the dishes, polished furniture, had afternoon naps, painted my hall and Caroline Lee read me to sleep at night. Perhaps more of a woman's listen but hey.....some men would love this book too. Its gentle, yet raw in parts. The characters are well developed, perhaps some sections are not as tightly written as could be. But........worth a credit.
This book has a great story line the narrators ability to use different voice is terrific. it all came together to give you a plot you would not expect.. YOU MUST READ!!!!!!!!! or listen.
Your money will not be wasted. I hope that Kate Morton has more books. And living in Queensland Australia I know the places Kate writes about. I will be listening to it again.
Despite trying to push myself, I didn't make it through the third part of this book. It's getting great reviews and initially I agree, the story/mystery is intriguing at first and kept me interested for days. Around part II though, the annoying romantic male characters started to make this one drag for me. The mystery is just TOO long drawn out, and when I started to see how it was going to play out I just stopped listening. For all I know there might be a surprise ending, but I seriously couldn't push myself any more.
The choices of the author in telling the story in bits and pieces creates suspense and mystery and makes you want to keep on listening!
It was a very good audio book. The performance was well done. The only difficulty was that it skips around a bit, which made it more difficult to follow in audio form sometimes, but the narrator helped with that.
A Series of Unlikely Coincidences
Overall, I vastly enjoyed the book. I think it was an interesting story, and Morton did a good job of telling an epic tale that spanned generations. In the end, I thought everything wrapped up a bit too neatly, and I am not sure that I every really ended up liking any of the characters though their actions and motivations were understandable. I would listen to or read other books by this author or read by this narrator.
This was only my second audio book and now I'm hooked, because of the way the story kept me enthralled every minute.
This would be a spoiler,but when we find out the true parentage off the little girl.
i listened out of order part 2 first didnt know till the end when i started part one but it is writen in 3 time frames so the skipping around was not so out of order but you wouldnt want to listen to part 3 first or your head would spin as the peices of the puzzle begin to fall into place i wouldnt call it inspirational as far as content !not a childs story ! but not graffic or strogly sugestive but some of the content would not be fit for young readers complicated to explain but i enjoyed the book greatly and will listen agian after i get over the stunning story of Eliza Makepeace and the preformance flowed well did not bore or erritate