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.
I have become a big Kate Morton fan over the past few years but this was definitely not her best work. The storyline just wasn't as compelling as usual and the characters were rather predictable. I usually really enjoy Caroline Lee's narration, but as a native Brit, I do find her attempts at local accents to be less than credible.
Interesting plot with too many unneccessary details but little intrigue. Numerous personal stories which made it difficult for a reader to develop an indepth relationship with any one character. Shifting between time periods was too frequent and left things hanging often. Could have been a much better book if trimmed of fluff and told more succinctly from fewer viewpoints with a twist at the ending.
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!