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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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    Janet 04-09-12
    Janet 04-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it, Loved it"

    I enjoyed the story/plot the way the author weaved back and forth from the 1900's, 1975 and present day. Unique charcters that kept you quessing through out the book. I can't wait to read more from Kate Morton

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    Robin 04-03-12
    Robin 04-03-12
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    "Slow-going"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was bored by a third of the way through and almost quit listening, then it picked up, but by the last third it was pretty predictable. I think the author tells us too much in a too obvious manner and it moves slowly.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It became too easy to see what the ending was going to be so I just wanted to finish.


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

    She did a good job with the various accents, Australian, English, American. Probably if I had been reading it in print, I would have quit or just skipped ahead to the end.


    Could you see The Forgotten Garden being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it would make a good movie or TV show.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it was just too obvious in telling the reader everything without leaving us anything to figure out or understand on our own.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    StrayPup 03-31-12
    StrayPup 03-31-12
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    "Wonderfully woven story"

    Intriguing story, which didn't lag. If you enjoy the English turn-of-the-century-free-spirit-heroine type of novel, you'll like this. The author did a wonderful job of painting pictures and capturing characters' actions with words. I do wish I had read the book, rather than listened to the audiobook format. Given the fact that the storyline wasn't linear, it would have been nice to be able to flip back a few pages or chapters to re-read sections to refresh my memory after I skipped a few days between listens. But don't let that stop you -- it's a good listen and the narrator was excellent.

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    April L. Fritts 03-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    I love a good long audiobook to get me through running and commuting. This was fantastic. A lovey mystery read by a wonderful actress. I highly recommend it.

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    Diana Avondale, AZ, United States 03-19-12
    Diana Avondale, AZ, United States 03-19-12

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    "Perfect book to get hooked on Audible"

    I loved everything about The Forgotten Garden. Each segment, going back and forth through the century, drew me in. I loved the narrator's inflection and accent. I look forward to listening to more books by Kate Morton and narrated by Caroline Lee!

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    Elaine Stover 03-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Memorable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Garden the most enjoyable?

    Cheering for her so many times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the characters were made so human and so complex


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding the key and finding the garden.


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

    I wished I could listen to all in one sitting. Even though the book is long, I could still have listened longer.


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    Patti San Jose, CA, United States 03-15-12
    Patti San Jose, CA, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Enchanting story, suspenseful satistaction!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Garden the most enjoyable?

    The story spans 100+ years and is full of mystery and suspense, and picturesque details. Narration is very good, subtle and appropriate for the 3rd person narrative, yet convincing of different eras and accents.


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

    There were many, which made me gasp aloud.


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

    They were all great. She brought all the women (and men) to life. But Eliza was maybe my favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sammy was lost in the fog to Eliza while playing their game.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be listening to this again, and looking for more titles by this author and voice actor! The only thing I found (at first) distracting was the musical interludes between chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Newark, DE, United States 03-15-12
    Laura Newark, DE, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Summer Read"
    If you could sum up The Forgotten Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Figuring out the past is difficult, but rewarding. Just knowing who you are and where you came from is important


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    Cheryl Albuquerque, NM, United States 03-15-12
    Cheryl Albuquerque, NM, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Great Read by Kate Morton"
    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    There are so many intricate things about The Forgotten Garden that seemed to tie in together, there are probably some things I missed the first time where if I read again I'll undoubtedly go


    What did you like best about this story?

    Secret gardens, a mystery from the past, romance, far away lands, what's not to like?


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Caroline Lee's imitation of American accents crack me up! Especially the American tourist in the Art Museum asking Ruby if there is a cafe within the museum, much to Ruby's chagrin. Makes me wonder what Australians and Brits really think of Americans.


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

    This book was much too long and a bit too wordy to want to listen to in one setting, yet I knew not to wait too long or else I would forget all of the details.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Morton is one of my newer faves. Although I preferred The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden was quite good in its own right. I love this particular genre and wish there was more literature like it. Bravo to Kate Morton who can tell a captivating story without relying on foul language, graphic sex, and other gimmicks which unfortunately is rather prevalent in today's literature. The story truly stands on its own, the sign of an excellent writer! Looking forward to many more Kate Morton novels in the years to come.

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    Michele Manning, ND, United States 03-11-12
    Michele Manning, ND, United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely a great read!"

    This audio was great to listen to and a fantastic story. I highly recommend it and look forward to another of Kate Morton's audios.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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