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The Distant Hours Audiobook
The Distant Hours
Written by: 
Kate Morton
Narrated by: 
Caroline Lee
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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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    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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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-13
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "You have to be in the mood.."

    A book club kind of take it or leave it book. The book that gets left in the box that the girls pass over fot the more exciting stuff! But by all accounts it was a good story, a forgotten story after you put it down, but a bit like eating boarding school food and feeling full but need a good chocolate to finish it off.

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    JoHanna 05-21-13
    JoHanna 05-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kate Morton at her intriging best!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Distant Hours to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The performance was superb! Caroline Lee's performance had me holding my breath!


    What other book might you compare The Distant Hours to and why?

    The Potato Factory, The Kitchen House and Kate's Secret Garden.


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

    Ms Lee didn't just "read" this marvelous book, she LIVED it -- and let me accompany her, room by room, through every room in the Castle, making each character personal, genuine and alive.


    If you could rename The Distant Hours, what would you call it?

    Going Home


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    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 04-15-13
    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Dreamy Suspense"

    I enjoyed the disjointed dream-like quality of the non-chronological telling of this tale and the way that it maintained the suspense. I thought I had it all figured out relatively early on, but I was mistaken. Then I was mistaken again. Then I was mistaken again. Well done, Kate Morton.

    Narration, by Caroline Lee, was spot-on job for the genre and period.

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    MS 04-02-13
    MS 04-02-13 Member Since 2010

    I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!

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    "Awesome!"

    Thrilled that I purchased this book! Love the history and the old castle! Could not wait to listen each day. The book was very long and I like that. Would recommend!

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