PLANO, TX, United States | Member Since 2005
This story is the perfect Christmas read with just the right balance of holiday magic and interesting story. I listen to this every year and follow it up with Baldacci's Skipping Christmas. You can't ask for better writing or better performances.
If you want to "fill in the blanks" created by the Starz interpretation of this incredible book, definitely listen to this! It is long and very worthwhile. Davina Porter is wonderful with accents and expressions - a real professional. You will fall in love with Jamie and will get a real feel for the personalities of all the characters. The history is informative right down to plants and food of the day. Don't wait...get it!!!
This story is very interesting and I enjoyed the two narrators' interpretations of the main characters. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, so I was surprised, but it was a good surprise. I felt the ending was a little abrupt, as though the author was at her deadline and had to just stop, but even that wasn't bad. I recommend it.
Georgie comes to America with her mom, her inept maid and all her friends. Well done, Ms. Bowen. The American characters are larger than life and Lady Georgie and friends are as perfectly quirky as ever. My personal favorite is Queenie, Bob' s yer uncle she is. I am never disappointed by Lady Georgie's mysteries and always look forward to the next one. Kathryn Kellgren turns each one into a movie in my head with her varied voices and exciting interpretations. Thank, Ms. Bowen...hurry with the next one. ★
This book has terrific characters and is suspenseful all the way through. As a mother I identified with so much of the feelings each mother in the story expressed that I found myself saying "Right on!" several times. It was a little predictable in the just the right story lines and completely surprising in the others. The ending was poignant and I loved it! Caroline Lee is my favorite narrator! She is Australian and has a lovely Aussie accent, but can do a very good American accent as well as British and I want to hear her do more. And, she has amazing vocal acting ability. I actually picked this book because she was the narrator. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but women will especially love it.
This is a fast-paced story with lots of action and emotion. Well written with some twists and turns. I won't say the twists weren't expected, but they were interesting anyway. The narrator is excellent and a perfect choice for this production. Well worth the listen or the read. In fact, I intend to give it as birthday gifts to family members.
This book has gotten a lot of hype and I suspect many will think it is warranted. Honestly, I might have enjoyed it with a different narrator. Ms. Kerr has a beautiful voice but it is too monotone and uneventful for my taste. I would probably employ her voice for some poetry rather than this highly energetic story. She left me bored and disinterested and even "sang" me to sleep a couple of times.
Other than that, I believe the story is a good one. It started out very strong, but waned during the middle and didn't really build well into any type of crescendo. I really wanted to like it, but didn't really.
As I understand it this is the first of a new series. I will try the next book in the series, but if the same narrator is used, I will read it instead to see if that helps me enjoy it.
I loved the premise of this book and the information about DC and the Masonic Temple was very interesting, but I found the "bad guy" and the ending to be trite and even odd. I enjoyed the previous two in this series much more.
Kate Morton is amazing. What a talent she has to be able to create these intricate and captivating stories. This is the fourth of her books I have listened to and I marvel at her talent. I hate it when her stories end, even though they are long by normal standards. All her stories are family oriented with a mysterious and devastating secret - often murder - that is resolved at the end. The narrator, Caroline Lee, has a musical voice that works in different tones and accents for different characters. She is a pleasure to listen to.
I will look forward to every one of Kate Morton's books in the future.
First, Claire Danes was the perfect choice to read this book. She got the feeling right - her intensity was perfect for such a dire story. That said, the story could have been more interesting. It had a unique view of an over-thrown government and what could happen when the rights of our citizens are revoked - mostly women's rights in this story. At first I was really interested, and I longed to hear more from the "Handmaid" about how this state of the country occurred and what the main characters were like before the change-over, but there was too little time spent on that. It just left too many questions and holes in the story for me. I felt a little unfulfilled as though I had been listening to a poorly-edited abridgment. I would, however, give Margaret Atwood another chance and listen to another of her stories.
Kate Morton has a real talent for telling a complex story. She has a way with words that will wrap their arms around your eyes and ears and not let go. Ms. Morton's stories become personal and always involve families and mysteries surrounding those families. At the end of the book you will want more! This was the first of her books I listened to and I am nearly through with the rest of them. Caroline Lee, is a wonderful narrator for these stories with a very pleasant voice and just the right amount of inflection and speed. Well worth my time and I highly recommend all Ms. Morton's books.
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