Caroline Lee's narration compelled me from the beginning, then the story intrigued me. I tried to guess what was going to happen next, or how things would unfold, but rarely was able to see around the corners... Well paced, lovely tone to the story as well as Caroline's voice and accent.
I don't know that I had a favorite, although maybe Jimmy would rate first if I had to have one. Dolly, Vivien, Jimmy and Laurel kind of traded places depending on where in the story I was. Jimmy, though, would have to take the vote. I am not going to say why, because I don't want to give anything away.
Ah, her voice, her accent, her measured delivery, her empathy with all the characters. The lilt in her voice was just the right touch.
Well, I may have wanted to, but it would have been a bit long for one sitting. If I had been reading it myself, I would definitely have done it all at once, it possible. Having a work schedule kind of interferes with that one, though.
This would probably not have been a book I would have picked up in a bookstore; I am not even sure what section I would have seen it in, but I gravitate towards other genres, generally. So this was a delightful find, which I only got because of the Audible synopsis. I really like this book, am impressed by the research Kate Morton obviously conducted, and the depth of feeling and character development. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends!
I rarely write reviews, and all through this wonderful book I knew I'd write something positive. I couldn't wait to get back in my car several times during this listen. I found myself sitting in the car in parking lots so I wouldn't have to put it down.
Her Best Yet !
The mother/daughter relationship is highlighted in this book and the main character is a bit fiesty, which is always fun. Ms. Morton threw some false trails out and had a nice twist at the end! I really have enjoyed all her books but this is now my favorite of hers with The Forgotten Garden now in 2nd place. I highly recommend this "read"
The narration is also superb, which only makes this audiobook that much more enjoyable.
And have I read them all? This is what I was thinking after serching for over an hour and finally choosing this book. There may be nothing new under the sun, but this book caught my attention and kept me engaged begining to end. This book kept me guessing. This story reminded me the dangers of making assumptions and generalizing. You dont really know anyone till you have walked a mile in their shoes and still you should be careful about judging anyone. I enjoyed this listen.
I wouldn't listen again, because that's not something I do.
I think Caroline Lee's narration was excellent.
At nearly 20 hours long - it's not possible to listen in one sitting. It is about 10 hours too long. It really didn't need to be this long and drawn out. I would have given it 5 stars, but it was just toooooo long!
Like I said above, I liked the story and the ending very much. However, getting to the end was very long and drawn out.
Gripping story, beautifully read, amazing experience. One of the best in the many many I have listened to over the years. Best by Kate Morton yet and I enjoy her books very much! It isn't a book for falling asleep, rather you need to engage your brain to keep focussed on the characters and plot. But that focus leads you on a delightful story line!
I love the story and the narrator.
Fried Green Tomatoes
I love Caroline Lee's voice and her British accent. She reads very clearly. I almost feel like I am watching a play.
It kept me alert and wanting to listen to every word. The characters come to life in my mind and it felt like I knew them.
Say something about yourself!
Although I hate to criticize authors, I noticed that I kept wondering if the author would please come to the point... many times! I appreciate all of the research done for this book, and it was an interesting story, but
W A Y T O O L O N G.
When I figured out the secret.
I love this narrator! I usually find that female narrators are overly dramatic, Caroline Lee has delivered a stunning performance each time I have listened to her. Great news as Kate Morton is my new favorite author!
Yes, I would. The story kept me interested from about the middle of the 1st chapter, and as it progressed the interest stayed with me. I love a good story, and the narrator has such a lovely voice.
The 1st book that I listened to by Kate Morton was The Forgotten Garden. That one also kept my interest throughout the whole book. Kate spins a lovely long story..and that is one of the things that I look for when deciding how to use my credit each month.
If I had to compare this story to another one from a different author, then I would compare it to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander but only because of the story line and the narrator. Both books are radically different because Gabaldon weaves a story of time travel. This book has the main character remembering tragic events in her childhood and trying to piece what actually happened together with what she thinks she remembers.
Outlander is not a mystery or thriller. The Secret Keeper could be classified as a mystery or thriller, simply because of the way that the author goes back and forth from present day to Laurel's memories from long ago. She also writes about the mother's history as well, and that brings the whole story together quite nicely by the end of it.
The reader will NEVER guess the ending though. It isn't revealed until the last part, and when I heard it I was totally floored!
I just love how she narrates and how she changes her voices to accurately reflect a male vs. female voice. She also has different voices for each character that brings that character to life in my mind.
I fell in love with audio books several years ago because for me it felt like my mom was reading a story to me when I was a child before I learned to read myself. Listening to a story brings something fresh to the content that would otherwise be absent in the printed version.
I only read printed books or E-books now if I am reading a nonfiction book or doing a work book or exercise type of book where I need to be able to write answers to questions down. I have often not read a printed book because there is no audio book version available.
Having said that, I do wish that Audible would do something about their policy that stops us from being able to make MP3 copies of the books that we buy. Now that Audible is part of Amazon, we should be able to burn MP3 copies of the books we pay for if that is what we want to do. We buy the books, the publisher's get their money, Audible gets paid, and the author's get paid. It should not matter to any of the above how we choose to listen to our books once we buy them. I would far prefer to burn an Audible book onto 1 or 2 CDs rather than having to burn them on 30 or more CDs in the case of one of Gabaldon's books. It is a waste of CDs to have to do that.
I laughed, cried, screamed, sucked my breath in at parts, felt the anguish Laurel felt, and cheered for the characters. That says that this book is a great read. Anytime I feel all of this when listening to a book puts it on my 2nd, 3rd, or 4th listen list.
Buy this book! It picks up quickly and takes you on a ride through time that I think you will enjoy!