I love to learn about different cultures and this book certainly opened my eyes to the way of life in Saudi Arabia. The narrator's accent certainly made the story sound like it might have come from Carmen's lips. A fascinating read!
Depressing story with no "happy" ending.
Yes. I've "read" other books by Ms. Rivers and found them excellent.
Performance by Stina sounded like someone who was "just reading the book" to be reading it aloud. No emotion or expression. No attempt at making the characters sound different from each other. JUST READING on and on!
Sadness and anger at Marta's attitude toward her family, husband, and unequal manner in which she treated her daughter. I kept waiting for her to realize what she's done to her daughter but only the last 30 minutes seemed to indicate a change was taking place. I felt extreme pity for this woman who felt she was doing the right thing in such a wrong way!
I kept waiting for something to happen in the book but it just kept going and going and going with no real conclusion. Very disappointing.
The mystery unfolds very gradually but not in a laborious way. The English accent and wartime terms add to the mystery.
The first few minutes of the reading where the crime is committed and then the last few minutes where the answer to the mystery is revealed.
The accent was wonderful since the story takes place in wartime England.
Doll in her young years.
I recently had listened to another novel which takes place in England and uses an English reader. The story plodded along and I couldn't wait for it to be finished. When I started listening to The Secret Keeper, I remember thinking "Oh, not another slow English novel" However what a delight to be kept in suspense through this rather long story. I am really sad it is over! The title of the book is excellent--the secret is kept until the end!
The story sounded interesting but I was disappointed by the coarse language and sexual exploits of the characters. It is bad enough to hear "f***" and "s***" on the streets but to have someone yelling it in my ears made me wish I hadn't spent my money on this book. I never finished the book and chalked it up to money badly spent.
This book takes place in England and Iran--the latter of which was totally foreign to me. I appreciated the separate reading voices--both the young British daughter and the heavy accent of her Iranian-born mother. The touch of brief interludes of appropriate music helped to transition the reader from one country and person to the other. I loved getting acquainted with the various customs and people in a land so far away.
I saw the movie first and this book was really the "frosting on the cake"! What a great look at a culture so different from mine. It gave me a real appreciation for my freedom in this country and the "plenty" we enjoy! This was a story of love, compassion, and redemption and I look forward to reading more of the author's works. Hearing the author read the story gave it more depth. The author spoke clearly and yet peppered the English text with many words from his own language without detracting from the story.
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