I have just finished listening to The Secret Keeper and immediately came to write this review. I spent a credit for this book as it was one of many included in a special offering Audible was making at the time. I had read no previous books by Kate Morton so I was not familiar with any of her previous books, or with her as an author.
I got this book because the reviews seemed good and I thought that the narrator would be pleasant enough when I listened to the "sample." I liked the fact that it was a fairly long book, so I thought it would be a good value for my credit even if it wasn't one of my favorite listens.
I was absolutely captivated by everything...the characters are fleshed out, vibrant and most of all human in their strengths and flaws, the story is replete with mystery, loss, thievery and murder, and the narrator is one of the best I have heard. This is such a beautifully woven tale of life, love, tragedy and happiness that kept my attention throughout. The timeline of the story shifts seamlessly between the London blitz, the 1960's and 2011, without being overdone or confusing. More than once I thought that I had figured out the "secret(s)," only to find out that I had been foiled and needed to keep listening. Only at the very end did all of the pieces come together (with no unanswered questions in my mind, I might add!).
My whim to purchase this book led me to a new author and narrator that I will look for with future purchases. Kate Morton made me fall in love with her and her characters Jimmy, Vivian and Dorothy. This novel will linger pleasantly with me for some time...until I pick it up and listen to the story again, as I can assure you I will.
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ― Voltaire
I started listening to this book after listening to The Forgotten Garden and absolutely loving the style of Kate Morton, as performed by Caroline Lee.
This book is quite different from what I had expected, although to be fair, how can one's expectations to be set by a two paragraph synopsis? Although I found the book to be starting slow, before I knew it, I was completely wrapped up in the lives of the characters. At a certain point, I did become a little depressed over all of the scheming of the protagonist, Dolly, and how she was tearing lives apart with her "games." Ultimately, I still could not pull myself away from the book, so I saw it through to the end, and I am so happy I did.
The book is definitely worth a read/listen!
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It has been so long since I've fallen in love with a book, but this one took me there from the first page. This book is about a woman and her sisters preparing to be with their mother at the mother's death. Having had this experience not too long ago myself, it took me back to that beautiful, conflicted, loving time. Also, somehow this author captured that often lingering wish... to have known one's mother when she was a young girl. Time and distance just cannot break the bond between a mother and a daughter. I've given this book to a number of friends and they have much the same reaction. We've talked about it again and again, and I know I'll be reading this book again and again. (I bought a hard copy as well. That's how good this one is.) And the narration is so perfect. Perfect.
I really enjoyed this book, even thought it jumped between narrators and time periods. It was a little hard to keep track of at first, but Kate Morton does an excellent job of weaving the story together from the various points of view. I'm sure there were details I missed the first time.
That would be giving away too much!
I loved listening to Caroline Lee. I enjoyed her accent.
Nonfiction writer by day, fiction lover by night.
This was a good plot but the telling itself is in serious need of an editor. The story dragged on and on. Even more annoying: it kept repeating information we already found out in earlier chapters. Maybe this annoyed me more than most because I'm an editor by trade, but it drove me nuts.
Love to exercise while listening
Good, Bad, Ugly
I love books that aren't distracting. Also, if I wasn't listening, I was thinking about the characters.
Wow! What an enjoyable listen. I love the combination of this author and narrator. I've listened to Secret keepers and that was similar. Different women in different parts of history.
I think of this story many months after listening to it. Mostly the happy parts, as there was so much sadness to this book as well. In fact I didn't even finish 2 chapters as she described a couple tragedies. I was driving and couldn't see through my tears! However the happy ending made it all worth it.
I really liked this one! The narrator was great. The story was engrossing and kept me interested. I did figure it out early on but couldn't be sure until the end. I love a book that can make me feel something about the characters. I found myself disliking Dolly and actually saying out loud to Jimmy that he was too good for her.
It is narrated so well. Caroline Lee is GREAT!!!
The end of the book. There is an amazing twist
Narrator was awesome
When it is reveled that the real dolly died.
I love to listen to audio books
I like the style of Kate Morton, where you get the prospective of the story through many characters points of views, experiences. I enjoy time traveling back to the past and how it is unfolding in a mystery of the present. Then at the very end, it all comes together.
This is very similar to the Secrete Garden, also by the same author.
Yes, I find her very easy to listen to and understand.
A Secret Among Us
Finally!! I am an avid audible listener but I rarely write a review. Not this time! I have to say that this book took me by surprise. Very well written, beautifully narrated, AND a great story! I didn't want it to end but I couldn't wait to find out how it did!!
I don't want to spoil one minute of this story for anyone so please find out for yourself!