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The Distant Hours Audiobook

The Distant Hours

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Publisher's Summary

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

Evacuated from London as a 12-year-old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters, and their father, Raymond.

Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother’s riddle. She, too, is drawn to Milderhurst Castle and the eccentric sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiancé in 1941 plunged her into madness.

Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. For the truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it....

©2010 Kate Morton (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    JoAnn Starkweather, ND, United States 06-11-14
    JoAnn Starkweather, ND, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Love the reader but the story dragged"

    I've read this author before and loved her books so purchased this one. However, I maintained interest in the story with difficulty because it moved so slowly.

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    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 04-26-14
    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story"

    I liked this story but I was a little disappointed with the ending. I guess I was expecting more of a twist as with The Secret Keepr. Don't get me wrong, the story is well written with well rounded characters and I loved the atmospheric mood but the ending was predictable and so it fell a bit short in the to me.

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    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-25-14
    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2011

    I am easily amused!

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    "Great Tale!"

    Once again, Kate Morton delivers an epic historical tale with sublime characters and a gorgeous setting and prose beautiful enough to make one weep. Mysteries are unraveled in an unpredictable and delectable fashion. This book moves a little slower than some of the others but that just served to the extend the pleasure.

    While the accent of the narrator was more Australian than English, she did a terrific job and enhanced the story with her performance. I own this book in three formats, that's how much I like it!

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-24-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-24-14
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    "Not quite up to Kate Morton's standards"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I enjoyed this book simply because it was Kate Morton, but it would not be the book I would use to introduce a friend to her writing. This isn't her finest writing, nor is it Caroline Lee's most shining performance... I would only recommend it as an addition to fans of Kate Morton's writing already.


    Do you think The Distant Hours needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. This book was long enough, and could've been shortened by 1/4, especially in the first two parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Kate Morton's books, which is why this was such a disappointment to me. It is by no means a bad book, but all the characters were so disconnected from each other, and the castle was so irredeemably dark - and a snobbish character so blind to it - that I was just not impressed. KM could have done so much btter with this...

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    Erin 03-14-14
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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Page turner, easy to listen too. Great story.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Caroline Lee's voice - So beautiful and kept me listening. I actually started looking or books narrated by her, thats how much I love her voice and way of reading the book.


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    ML DC Suburbs (MD) 11-07-13
    ML DC Suburbs (MD) 11-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Audio junkie, caffiene addict, anglophile & a bit of a wino.

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    "A lot of work - not a lot of payoff."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not very exciting - and not very dramatic. I suppose there's a twist at the end but its so long in coming and so drawn out that its hardly worth the 20+ hours of listening it took to get there.


    Has The Distant Hours turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Oh heavens no! I still love historical fiction - just not this book.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is my first - she was a good narrator - I'd listen to her again.


    Was The Distant Hours worth the listening time?

    Absolutely not.


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    Jennifer corowaAustralia 10-14-13
    Jennifer corowaAustralia 10-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Just loved it - so much depth"

    Twists and turns - links forward and backward - mystery , romance murder , what more can you ask for .

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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-08-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Kate Morton goes Goth"

    One would thing that after listening to everything Kate Morton has written a person should be able to crack the code and figure out the mystery before the reveal. Nope! Kate Morton, you are tricky! With all your twists and turns and false leads, you really know how to keep a reader (listener) entertained.
    This one has a nice, creepy Gothic feel.
    Only caveat is her stories can be tough to get into. There are lots of characters and different timelines. Take notes!

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    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 08-14-13
    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 08-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Anything by Kate Morton is wonderful!!"
    What did you love best about The Distant Hours?

    I loved this book from beginning to end. How Kate Morton weaves the past with the present is so amazing. I love how she developed all the characters deeply so that I, the listener, could make a picture in my mind. I was sad when it ended.The reader is fantastic. Her ability to come up with any accent is amazing and wonderful on the ear!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Distant Hours?

    Too many to highlight. The book is memorable.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    The Blythe twins. Caroline's ability to switch voices so wonderfully is amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    I look for books by Kate Morton and read by Caroline Lee because I know I will NOT be disappointed.

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    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 08-07-13
    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Dark"

    This was my least favorite of the Kate Morton novels as I found it very dark and sad, but still was interested throughout the entire read.

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