I absolutely loved this book. I never saw the ending coming. It had me hooked from the start. One of my most favorite "listens" to date. So much so I think I'm going to listen to it again. It does not disappoint! Lee is a fantastic reader and I cannot wait to pick up another one of Morton's books.
I have listened to my "fair share" of audio books, and enjoy mostly fiction. I try to pick fairly long novels, because I am a mosaicist, and it's great to be lost in my work, and to see someone's life as the fly on the wall, even if it's "pretend", so I greatly appreciate a good work. I was surprised and delighted by this book, because the mysterious winding roads the author led me down, never went in a way I pictured, when I had any idea. The characters were beautifully written, and I was very sad to lose some of them from my "fly eye", when I finished the book. Although the situations these characters were in were not unique, it was the way we, the audience, had them revealed to us that was so clever. It was also refreshing to have no fantastic, unbelievable events. While the events were shocking at times, they were more true to life. I thought the writing was smart, emotional, bittersweet, and lovely. I won't forget this book, and have not felt as much for a story, since I read The Book Thief two years ago. Thank you Kate Morton, for this gift. Caroline Lee, the narrator, did an outstanding job as well. An audio book, no matter how great a book, is only as good as its narrator. She was fantastic.
I would recommend the book but not the audio book. The dialects performed by Miss Lee were awful. It was completely distracting and difficult to listen to. I am British and may have high standards, but have never been so annoyed. I have listened to other Books performed by this Actress and they were excellent while she was in her native Australian or Standard British which was passible. This Book incorporated northern dialects which ended up sounding like some odd combination or Irish and Cockney, thoroughly grating and annoying. I had to stop listening several times in frustration but returned because of the draw of the story it self. The story is quite compelling, if a little predictable. The Hidden Garden was much better as a book and Lee's narration was easier and more forgivable as the main character in the that book is in fact Australian.
I will avoid any performance Miss Lee has incorporating British Dialects. I will however seek out her Austrailian book, as she is a compelling narrator, just terrible at most British dialects.
I should have just read it.
I will listen to this book again, lots of hidden clues to the surprise ending.
The narrator made the book come alive. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed the book near as well reading it rather than have this narrator tell the story.
Yes - knowing how it turns out I found pay more attention to the foretelling elements.
Vivianne, her character is shrouded by the ways others perceive her.
My Mother's Daughter.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
If I read half way through a book and it's just not doing it for me, I think that it is time to quit. I don't usually give up on a book but this was one that I just could not abide. I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Morton's Forgotten Garden. Caroline Lee is one of my favorite readers but even she was unable to raise this selection to the level of tolerable.
The book was not interesting and even seemed rushed in the writing. My understanding is that the author had started another book but this one emerged and she just had to finish it before continuing with the former. That's kind of how it came out; almost a stream of consciousness that was badly in need of an editor. And the cigarette smoking... you'd think that's all the characters did.
I'm sorry Kate. I waited with great excitement for this book and perhaps it was the expectation of another great offering from you that was the let down. It happened in another novel I recently read. Would that we could only abandon all our expectations. We might be more generous with our stars.
It's tough giving the novel of a celebrated author 1 star but on GR that means I didn't like it and, in this case, I definitely did not.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
Yes I would listen to it again, as not to miss the nuances and some transitions.
I liked Laurel.
No, no extreme reaction, just a good book, that I will reread again.
Worth the credit!
Say something about yourself!
I have listened to all Kate Morton's books twice, with about a year in between readings. Much of the reason is due to the brilliant narration by Caroline Lee. I LOVE listening to her. I'd be happy if she stopped by and read the want ads out loud. But great narration is nothing without good material. Morton always delivers intriguing characters, many who have my same worries, wants, and wishes. The twist in this book that comes near the end made me laugh. I don't know...maybe someone a tad smarter might have figured it out. But I didn't. When the twist became clear, I found myself thinking how brilliant Morton is.
You name it...women I can relate to, an intricate story that spans WWII to the present, old secrets...and Caroline Lee to read it all to me. Perfection.
As an avid reader who is now legally blind and unable to read hard copy books, I am dependent upon narrators to bring the story alive for me. Caroline Lee does this with award winning aplumb. She has a beautiful voice, and knows how to craft it in order to define each character. Yet she keeps her own voice--I really hate it when female narrators strain to voice male characters--and when male narrators falsely voice women. It ends up being inauthentic as well as annoying. But Lee seems to know this and reads with truth and beauty.
I finished it in about three days. I was not initially drawn into the book as much as with Morton's previous books, but I became hooked soon eneough.
Morton brings gothic sensibilites to a modern mystery spanning sixty years. She is a masater of her craft. And, as I've already said, I'd listen to anything from Caroline Lee.
When I have finished with a Kate Morton book I am left with a sad sense of disappointment because I don’t want the story to end. I want to know more. I want to sit and chat with the protagonist and chew the story over. But sadly with this new book I have to say I was glad for it to finally be over. I’m still shocked that I feel that way. I find myself reexamining the feeling to be sure that’s what I really feel, and yes, sadly, it is.
The characters of “The Secret Keeper” were extremely difficult to empathize with. I struggled from the very beginning to find one to latch onto, to root for. The leading characters were, for the most part, neither endearing nor engaging, however I slogged through the book, sure that Kate Morton wouldn’t let me down, and near the end I finally found what I had been looking for. The last third of the book held me riveted and redeemed the story. I finally discovered the character I wanted to keep as my imaginary friend. Sadly, it was too little too late.
Caroline Lee’s delivery of the book was, as always, sublime.