I really enjoyed this book. It does have lots of detail, but I enjoy books that go into great detail. I loved how long and involved it was and, unlike other Kate Morton books, I was unable to guess the end, which kept me listening! I have listened to them all now and this is definitely one of my favorites! If you have enjoyed any of Kate Morton's other books, you will like this one as well.
Even tho I love her voice, I do wonder why there is an Aussie narrating a book with no Australian connection. At all. In any way. The story is set in the UK, why not a Brit?
As for the story it's self, I feel a little let down. The build up was great and then the ending was truncated. It seemed, to me, like Kate Morton had realized how long this book was getting and so just quickly tried up the plot and out. The only worse thing would have had Edith wake up and realize it was all just a dream. No, I'm not left with questions, but still!
I am a sucker for a great sweeping gothic saga and I loved Morton's The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden. The Distant Hours didn't disappoint. I found I had to forge through the first few chapters, but it was worth it. The early exposition of the characters and the tragic decay of the house set the stage for the suspenseful second half of the book. I cannot say enough about Caroline Lee's narration. She has the ability to move me back in time and over an ocean.
Great ending - didnt see it coming
Narrator did a great job
It was hard to get into at the start and must admit I'd started it a couple of times and given up, but it was worth it once you got past half way.
Plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested once you got there!
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I thoroughly enjoyed Morton's The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton. I was prepared for her deliberately paced style in this book, knowing it was long but anticipating a good story well told. The story itself is very good, but this time the deliberate pacing was stretched beyond the point of suspense, becoming tedious. Perhaps if her characters had more life and spirit the journey through their lives would have been more interesting. But the 3 sisters were essentially recluses with closely guarded secrets. Edie, the writer trying to discover those secrets was kind of a milquetoast, showing little backbone in her own relationships and only finding purpose in unveiling the details of other's lives.
Perhaps after reading the previous two books I was familiar enough with the formula Morton uses to construct her stories, so I had petty well figured out how the deep dark secret was going to turn out. Because I was pretty sure I'd figured out the secrect, to have the narrative go on and on served only to heighten my frustration. There is no doubt that Morton writes beautifully, but in this case a stern editor was needed to trim out the wordy fluff and irrelevant scenes that added only length, not depth.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
Yes, I fell in love with the way Kate Morton tells a story. I will definitely listen to this one again, and will most likely get her other books too!
Wuthering Heights because both authors are great at the atmosphere in a tale. Superb!
Not sure, but I did love her voice and the inflections she gives to each character. Wonderful!
If it wasn't so long I would have stayed up all night to get to the end.
I think now that I don't drive long distances, the print might have been better. Still, replaying to make sure I'd understood the switching time periods was not an unpleasant activity at all.
Just when you think you know how the plot will proceed, The author puts in a twist. I enjoyed the character development, too.
I enjoyed her voice, the variations for the different characters; I just plain love to be read to by a person with a pleasant, voice which doesn't interfere with the story.
I'm considering reading the print, too. The audible version of The Poisonwood Bible got me hooked on reading Barbara Kingsolver.
I wanted to listen, the language is literature. The story intriguing...yet I didn't want to finish the book.
I enjoyed this book. I didn' like it as much as The Forgotton Garden or The House at Riverton but its still a great book. I enjoyed the characters and how detailed Kate is with each. Looking forward to the new book.
I have had a hard time getting into this book. I listened to the entire part 1 and a little bit of part 2 before I was really interested in the story. It is slow and somewhat confusing. I find the narrator hard to follow as well. Overall, the story has turned out to be an interesting one but it's a good thing that I'm a patient person or I would have never found out. You need to grab the listener from the very beginning and this book just doesn't.
This IS the other book I tried, because I really enjoy The Secrect Garden, but this book had a hard time keeping my interest.