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The Forgotten Garden Audiobook

The Forgotten Garden

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Publisher's Summary

A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, a maze, an aristocratic family, a love denied, a mystery - The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric, and a compulsive listen about the past, ghosts, family, and memories from best-selling author Kate Morton.

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra's life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace Rutherford - the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early 20th century - as well as a cliff-top cottage on the other side of the world, Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell, on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.

©2008 Kate Morton; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

What the Critics Say

"This debut page-turner...recounts the crumbling of a prominent British family as seen through the eyes of one of its servants....Morton triumphs with a riveting plot, a touching but tense love story and a haunting ending." (Publishers Weekly)

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    G. boulder creek, ca 03-08-09
    G. boulder creek, ca 03-08-09 Member Since 2016
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    "well-written"

    I was impressed with "The Forgotten Garden", I felt it succeeded on many levels. Great writing, the author's voice is original. The characters were fully realized and distinct. Even the evil doers actions were explained. The setting, or rather "settings", were vivid, very well imagined. The Gothic backdrop revealed itself slowly, melding well with the modern story running concurrently. At times the tale got a little silly, but it should be forgiven because they are brief lapses, and maybe some people like their stories that way. The narration was fine, yes the English and American accents were butchered, but she kept the story lively and engaged fully in the telling.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-10-14
    Richard Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Do we need the music?"
    Any additional comments?

    Do we really need all the music interludes between chapters!?! Distracting at best... Caroline Lee is a fine reader and her skills do not require artificial music breaks.

    Albeit an enjoyable listen with a fine tip of the hat to The Secret Garden, the book dragged a bit at the end. The plot twists and mysteries were not so complex that the last 4 hours listening time could have been condensed into 2 hours.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 12-21-09
    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 12-21-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Picked up because recommended"

    Story line too slow for me, maybe later. Narration accent too hard to listen to when the story could not pull me in. Maybe I will try again later.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shilo Davenport, WA, USA 12-19-09
    Shilo Davenport, WA, USA 12-19-09
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    "Intriguing Story"

    Kate Morton is an amazing writer and the narrator makes her words sound like music. Beautiful, beautiful audio book!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sindi 11-09-08
    Sindi 11-09-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved It"

    I just loved this book! It was a bit hard at first to keep the characters straight until I realized the dates stated at the beginning of a change helped keep it straight. Otherwise, a great story and great narrator. I wish Audible had more than 2 of her books available. My new favorite.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 06-07-15
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 06-07-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener on my daily commute!

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    "Wanted to love it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Alas, probably not, because i ended up feeling annoyed, tossing the book aside and complaining to my husband that i had just spent over a dozen hours listening to and reading what amounted to sentimental tripe!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The modern day scenes interspersed with scenes of past


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Caroline Lee, as another reviewer put it, could make the phone book sound riveting!


    Did The Forgotten Garden inspire you to do anything?

    Plant a garden, write and illustrate a book of fairy tales, perhaps?


    Any additional comments?

    Too convoluted, ultimately predictable, too sentimental, too sad, and too fairytalish! Also kind of ghoulish, and i have to admit, haunting.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emma SAVANNAH, TN, United States 08-07-13
    Emma SAVANNAH, TN, United States 08-07-13

    I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.

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    "Family Mysteries and Strong Female Characters"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Garden the most enjoyable?

    This book hooked my attention, and I found that I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters... loved seeing the events through several viewpoints. By the time I finished, I felt inspired to create a walled garden and to research my family history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

    I found it very heartwarming that certain personality traits were passed from great grandmother to grandmother to mother to daughter.... I was almost envious of the main character.. wanting a family mystery of my own to solve! Such a great read.


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

    Caroline Lee has a beautiful and soothing voice - and such a great accent! She's the first narrator that's ever truly stood out to me.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Misha Virginia 04-26-13
    Misha Virginia 04-26-13 Member Since 2016

    So many books, so little time.

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    "one of the best books I've read this year"

    Mystery, romance and history. A grand estate, a crumbling cottage, an abandoned garden. An authoress, a changeling, a grieving woman trying to move on. This book is full of poignancy and grace. Completely absorbing, beautifully visual and perfectly narrated, this was indeed one of the best books I've read this year, and has made me a slavish devotee of Kate Morton. Absolutely loved it and can't wait to read another of her books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MissSusie66 02-11-11
    MissSusie66 02-11-11 Member Since 2010

    MissSusie

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    "great narration beautiful story"

    This book has a magical realism feel to it, it may be because of the fairytales being told throughout but I really enjoyed this beautiful story. It is a hard book to classify so I’m not going to pigeon hole it anywhere. I enjoyed the 3 different generations of women in this story and how their stories intertwined. This book is about family secrets and of how that affects generations. It spans from England to Australia in the early 1900 to the 2000’s. With each generation of women finding something about the past while at the same time finding something about themselves in the process.

    I did enjoy this book very much however towards the end though you just want to scream at Cassandra and say hello I figured it out why can’t you! This book can be very sad at times and some may find the jumping around in time not to their liking. But I like books that show different time periods so I enjoyed that part. The prologue has a definite magical realism feel. I will definitely be reading more by this author!

    The fairytales are a great and I wish there was an actual book of these fairytales!

    I listened to this on audio narrated by Caroline Lee who does a fantastic job with all the accents from English, Australian & American.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly 09-17-09
    Beverly 09-17-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Story for a "rainy day and warm fire""

    Couldn't turn this audio book off .Can't stop and start with this one though, as it does take place during three different time periods and can be confusing. If you liked "Rebecca", or "The 13th Tale", you'll enjoy this one of Kate Mortons.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • sharon
    castleford, United Kingdom
    5/24/12
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    "easy listening"

    great story, nice narrator this book didnt seem to be as long as it actually was, very easy to listen to and enough twists that it wasnt too predictable, i will listen to her other books on the strengh of this experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janine
    Fareham, United Kingdom
    5/18/11
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    "I struggled through this one..."

    I struggled through this book I'm afraid. I didn't find the story that gripping and the narrators monotone voice did nothing to enhance it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lara
    Povoa de VarzimPortugal
    4/8/11
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    "It takes you to a wonderful place"

    I just finish listening to this book. For 5 days, I gave up my every free moment to listen to it. It got my attention in the first five minutes, and I am deeply sad it has ended already. It's a family story, told by three characters, in three diferent times. It has mistery, drama and just a little touch of romance (the correct amount, if you ask me). The narrative is fluid and the passages from one time to another easy to follow and well connected to each other. If you're a hopeless fan of images from the 1900's and family stories, this is the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lara
    Sutton, Surrey, United Kingdom
    3/18/11
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    "The ending was very good"

    I loved the book. The story was very interesting and i never felt like i was bored.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Martin
    7/7/10
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    "Time well spent"

    This is a cleverly woven story of three generations which avoids being cliched. The main characters, Cassandra, Nell and Eliza are convincingly portrayed and each evokes the time period in which she is set.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    One word of advice; the narrotor's tone and English/Australian accent needs some getting used to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Slowest Bookworm
    Stockport, UK
    5/22/09
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    "Great"

    One of the best books I have listened to in a long time! Great characters and a storyline that kept me listening well past my bedtime every night! I'll definitely be looking out for more of Kate's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie Harris
    Worcestershire
    11/15/08
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    "A good story spoilt"

    This was a good story but Oh dear the \" Cornish \" accent was so excruciating to listen to, spoilt it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • grace cassar
    9/25/08
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    "Pleasant read but could have been shorter"

    I enjoyed this book but must admit could have been a couple of hours shorter.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Cormie
    8/30/14
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    "Regional accents"
    What aspect of Caroline Lee’s performance might you have changed?

    I did enjoy Caroline Lee's voice when she wasn't trying to do regional accents, she has an engaging and warm voice. However, her attempts at Yorkshire and Cornish accents were so attrocious and grating that it would have been much better just to have not tried at all.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/27/16
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    "brilliant"

    fantastically gripping and entertaining. the accents were a bit challenging but this didn't distract from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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