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The Secret Keeper Audiobook

The Secret Keeper

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.
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England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s 90th birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting, and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

©2012 Kate Morton (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Jennifer Webb Virginia 03-25-13
    Jennifer Webb Virginia 03-25-13 Member Since 2011

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    "LOVE Kate Morton, this one doesn't disappoint!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    Absolutely.


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

    I think Jerry, the brother. He was so interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not laugh or cry, but I did think about it and what the characters were up to when I wasn't listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book that gives you glimpses of the past, and the tale of the unwinding mystery kept me hooked until the end.

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    CG Collingswood, New Jersey, United States 03-25-13
    CG Collingswood, New Jersey, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2009

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    "I love Kate Morton's books!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    Caroline Lee is an excellent narrator and Kate Morton does an great job of transporting the reader to the time and place. I really felt like I was there.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Kate Morton's stories. Each one is my favorite.

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    Lisa 03-25-13
    Lisa 03-25-13
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    "This was a fascinating book!"

    I bought this book in a sale, because it sounded interesting and it was LONG (more hours of "free" listening.), even though I was unfamiliar with the author.

    The story begins in 1961 with 16yo Laurel witnessing a strange crime, and then skips from there to 2011, and back to 1941, weaving all the background, and the "dectective work" that goes into Laurel finally figuring out what happened and why.

    On one level, it's a mystery, on another a romance, and in some places, it is just a story (it drags a little in some places). At times you'll think you've got it all figured out, but there are several key pieces that don't really fall into place till the last minute. It's a really well-crafted story.

    Overall, this is just a really good story, that kept my interest till the end. I used my next credit to buy another Kate Morton book, and hope to find it as good as this one.

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    Andy 03-20-13
    Andy 03-20-13
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    "Complete satisfaction"

    Secret Keeper is the most satisfying novel I've listened to in memory. All the loose ends that don't make sense come together with the final explanation and everything falls into place. It is beautifully narrated as well. This is a 5 star book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Farmington, ME, United States 03-18-13
    Judith Farmington, ME, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful and whimsical story."
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    The story itself was a little slow going, but once you get into it, you can't let go. I don't normally write reviews of books but this one took me by surprise and left me wanting more. I am now hooked on Kate Morton's stories and Caroline Lee is an incredible orator. I can't wait to read another of their books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't possibly pick just one character, they were so intertwined that I have to say I loved them all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give the story away. Suffice it to say that when the story unfolded, I was both surprised and delighted at the turn the story took.


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

    I listen to books mostly at night to relax. This book though, kept me wanting to listen to more. I ended up going to bed early to listen to the book to help relax me and put me to sleep and instead, I stayed up late listening to it!


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book. Will listen to many more of her books and just love the sound of Caroline Lee's voice. Couldn't have picked a better orator.

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    TS Tucson, AZ, United States 03-16-13
    TS Tucson, AZ, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent performance, somewhat predictable story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Keeper to be better than the print version?

    Having not read the print version I don't know.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Morton? Why or why not?

    I would try another one, the story was entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bomb scene


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When is a secret best left a secret?


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story. As I said it was a little predictable but I enjoyed it. I liked the scenes moving between the mother and daughters lives and the way that the sisters interacted. It was very well read with distinguishable characters.

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    Maggie 03-16-13
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    "Excellent! A Book you will always Remember."
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    Yes, you just fall in love with all the characters’ and don't want it to end, what a sweet sweet story.


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

    Her voice is such a pleasure to listen too its like music to the ears.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Secret Keeper and why?

    I had no favorite character I loved Dolly, Jimmy and Vivian


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    Edward OMAHA, NE, United States 03-13-13
    Edward OMAHA, NE, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I didn't want to stop listening."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Keeper to be better than the print version?

    I think it was very compelling in audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    The realistic representation of the Blitz destroying the cafe.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    The characters were easily discernible from each other.


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

    When the daughter realized the truth about her mother it was truly a moving moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept finding other work to do so I wouldn't have to stop listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer millersburg, IN, United States 03-12-13
    Amazon Customer millersburg, IN, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the history and twists in this story"
    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The atomsphere of the plot with her accent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    WW1


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book. The Caroline Lee really uses her voice to suck you into the story. I like the way Kate Morton writes, she gets you all involved with one character and then switched to new one in the next chapter.

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    Ralene 03-11-13
    Ralene 03-11-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Long and drawn out"
    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery that affects two generations


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Morton? Why or why not?

    This is the second book I've listened to from Kate Morton, and if the third one is overly long like this one, it will be my last


    What three words best describe Caroline Lee’s performance?

    She lingers over every word, making the book at least 50% longer than it needed to be. Thank goodness for the ability to speed up the voice - although I had to listen to the last half of the book as if it was read by Alvin and the Chipmunks, it was the only way I would be able to finish it. I was going crazy listening to word - pause - word - pause - word....


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

    I spent far too long with these people as it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I've lost the ability to be surprised, but I figured out the "big mystery" about half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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