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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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    Mary Alice 07-14-12
    Mary Alice 07-14-12
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    "Great Story: family strife, travel and history"

    This book contained many of the items I love in a good story: there was travel to 3 continents, the US, Australia and England. It was multi-generational covering four generations of women in a family. It had a hint of mystery. Careful listening and remembering details will help the listener unravel the mystery. It was a book within a book in that the stories of the fictional authoress were part of the story. The story stretched from the 1920's to present day and wasn't told in chronological sequence. There was a touch of romance, not entirely unexpected and not surprising, either. If you grew up loving fairy tales, as I did, this is a wonderful read. It's both magical and realistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 07-10-12
    Jennifer 07-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this story from start to finish!"
    If you could sum up The Forgotten Garden in three words, what would they be?

    What a wonderful story of family, history, mystery and relationships. One of my favorite books in a long time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 07-07-12
    Susan 07-07-12
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    "A beautifully written tale about a family mystery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Forgotten Garden to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read it but the audio addition was fantastic


    What other book might you compare The Forgotten Garden to and why?

    Jane Eyre as it takes many twists and turns and reveals family secrets along the way


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

    Cassandra


    If you could rename The Forgotten Garden, what would you call it?

    The lost girl


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this thoroughly it was an intriguing and addictive listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Misseemee SL, UT 07-02-12
    Misseemee SL, UT 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book!"
    If you could sum up The Forgotten Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery, beautiful garden, fairy tale.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love where you get to find out how Eliza's stories reflect her life.


    If you could take any character from The Forgotten Garden out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Eliza Makepeace. She was so interesting and I would love to hear her stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I hated the music in between the chapters. Other than that I loved every thing about it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-02-12
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Very Personal Mystery"

    No cops, no murder, but a decades-old mystery about the origins of a particular family. Three generations of characters and their memories punctuated by original fairy tales make this book unusual and engaging. The narrator did a great job: High- and low-class British accents as well as Australian and American accents made this audio book ring true.

    I recommend it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NanaBec 07-01-12
    NanaBec 07-01-12 Member Since 2014

    NanaRedd

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    "Unforgettable! a great listen...over and over"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a really well written book. It takes you back and forth in time both in Time and in generational time. You are involved in the character's as the story goes back and forth in time. The story is so well woven, the reader was fantastic!! and the characters draw you in, you love them, you hate them, you are so involved with them that there are times that you are startled when the phone rings and reality intervenes.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to go from Character to character is awesome and her consistency is wonderful.
    It is so much a part of how wonderful the book is and her voice draws you into the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to have been able to do that. However it didn't work that way.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be listening to it over and over! So glad i picked it, and it was a point and pick choice.
    I hope you try it out, it was awesome!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pearl Palm City, Florida 06-30-12
    Pearl Palm City, Florida 06-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Moving and captivating"
    Any additional comments?

    Ms Morton's The Forgotten Garden is such an intriguing tale, that it haunts me still, long after the final chapter is done. Mystery, murder, loss, love told with a flow that spans the years and takes the reader on a roller coaster ride from Australia to England.

    Performed with consummate drama and flair and by narrator Caroline Lee.

    Simply Brilliant!

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    Susan St. Louis 06-23-12
    Susan St. Louis 06-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Garden the most enjoyable?

    The story is told in a way that through the entire book, you are never sure what will happen next and each page unfolds in a way that keeps the reader intrigued.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Same as above.


    Any additional comments?

    I've recommended this book to several people who loved it as much as I did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tegan Australia 06-05-12
    Tegan Australia 06-05-12
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    "Amazingly Intriguing"

    A number of storylines all emerge to create a great story!
    Kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat throughout!

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    Jessica Martin Blue Umbrella Books 06-04-12
    Jessica Martin Blue Umbrella Books 06-04-12 Member Since 2014

    Jessica Pulse

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    "An interesting tale!"

    Similar story pattern to HOUSE AT RIVERTON, but I loved RIVERTON so I liked this one too. Lots of twists and turns, some predictable. Kate Morton weaves a great tale and paints a beautiful picture with her prose. The whole thing was a little sad, and I wish Eliza didn't give up so much for Rose. She certainly didn't deserve it.

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  • Penny
    Gajoubert, France
    8/6/08
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    "Worth a Listen"

    Although this was an odd book, I enjoyed listening to it. Padded out somewhat, with a slow and sometimes ponderous delivery, the main drawback was the reader's inability to 'do' a Cornish accent, substituting instead something akin to an Irish one - and the 'Dick Van Dyke' style of cockney accent was laughable!

    In recounting this unlikely, but intriguing, tale the author spans three time periods without difficulty and the tale hangs together well. If the author intended a cliff-hanger, I doubt she has achieved it, as it was easy to guess the plot from the outset.

    Overall though, a good 'read'.

    33 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • S. O'NEILL
    London UK
    10/12/09
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    "A good tale"

    I enjoyed listening to this story. The clever way the plot revolves around three stories keeps you wanting to listen, especially when you get left with a cliffhanger and then move backward or forward in time. The only downside was the accents - the English ones rather moved back and forth across the country and got a bit Irish at times - but the story was enough to compensate

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Susanna
    1/3/11
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    "Lovely listen"

    I have enjoyed greatly listening to this book. It is an intriguing plot(not at all boring)and very moving at the same time. The characters are very well developed. The book was very clearly read, in an engaging style (despite other comments I have read regarding the different accents of the narrator) and easy to understand. I would strongly recommended to anyone. I will miss it now that I have finished...

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Iris
    Dartford, Kent, United Kingdom
    12/9/08
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    "The Forgotten Garden"

    I loved this book this made the washing up a pleasure I really felt asif i was listening to friends ,please,if you are looking for a good book listen to this one you will be entertained for hours and will feel sorry when it is finished.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • lynn
    Calvia, Spain
    8/14/08
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    "Escapism"

    I loved this book. Although I agree with previous reviewer re-accents (diabolical cornish accent), and it became quite obvious early on how events would probably turn out.That said however, the author draws you in slowly but surely and suddenly 2 hrs have passed by! All in all a really enjoyable way to escape for a while.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Sydney, Australia
    2/17/14
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    "Great story beautifully told"
    Where does The Forgotten Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would rate as one of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far. It's the longest but totally engrossing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way Kate Moreton writes. She delivers the story in delicate little bits so that you can't tear yourself away. Her characters are rich and her descriptions vivid.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to other books read by Caroline Lee that were quite a different style. Caroline adapts so well to the mood of the book and does a brilliant job capturing the characters' personality in their voices.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mirium
    SAFFRON WALDEN, Essex, United Kingdom
    8/2/09
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    "Great story marred by sloppy editing"

    This had all the ingredients for the sort of story I really enjoy: a creepy old house in Cornwall; an abducted child; a secret garden; a century-old mystery.....yes, it was a great plot, with lots of twists and turns (and contrary to some reviewers, I didn't guess the ending near the beginning!). However, it was v-e-r-y- l-o-n-g w-i-n-d-e-d and could have done with some serious editing. There was far too much inconsequential dialogue that didn't move the story on at all, and rather too many descriptions of people making and drinking cups of tea. Dramatic incidents, such as the accident that befell Sammy, were flagged up at least five minutes in advance, so when whatever it was actually happened, I felt a sense of anticlimax.
    I lost count of the number of times characters inhaled, exhaled, and pressed their lips together. This sort of lazy repetition really annoys me. Could Kate Morton not be bothered to think up other ways to let characters express emotions? What are editors for? Did they not notice?
    The other thing that really got on my nerves was the reader's appalling attempts at a Cornish accent - as another reviewer has commented, it sounded more like Oirish. If only the producer had had the courage to say: 'look, love, your English regional accents are rubbish - just read it straight, OK?' - it would have been so much better.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    Studley, Warks, United Kingdom
    9/8/08
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    "Lorna"

    Fantastic - was lost for hours listening to this. Loved the twisting and turning in different directions with delightful discriptions and stories.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • sandy
    12/23/14
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    "couldn't stop listening"

    I tried to read a story by this author a while ago on a recommendation from a friend. I struggled with the dramatic descriptions of everything and gave up after only a few pages. The genre is my thing 'though' so I thought to give her another go. This time the descriptions came to life and I could imagine the places in the story. couldn't stop listening! Only irritant was a sloooooow Cornish accents. made those characters seem a daft when they obviously weren't.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cat
    12/1/14
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    "Brilliant story, shame about the narrator"

    As many others have commented on the work of Caroline Lee, I cannot understand why someone who gives such a sub-standard performance continues to be chosen for some excellent books. A real let down when Kate Morton's work is excellent, gripping and so well written.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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