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The Secret Keeper | [Kate Morton]

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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    Margaret Hammonton, NJ, United States 12-04-12
    Margaret Hammonton, NJ, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "keeps you guessing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a wonderful read. I changed my thoughts of the ending several times and never guessed the correct one. Loved all the twists.


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    Ruth Sacramento, CA, United States 12-01-12
    Ruth Sacramento, CA, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Great Listen!"
    Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors, so I eagerly await each new publication. This novel is another great read.


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    Jamie Maumelle, AR, United States 11-29-12
    Jamie Maumelle, AR, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Took a minute, but was great."

    I really did enjoy this book. Although it seemed to take a while to really draw me in, probably until the 2nd of the 3 parts. But once it grabbed me I was hooked and was actually really bummed when the book ended. This is one of those books that needs a 2nd listen, now that you know all of the characters. Very good, great story and I would recommend it to a friend, as long as it was someone who had the patience to allow the story to develop.

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    Andrea Plano, TX, United States 11-28-12
    Andrea Plano, TX, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Phenomenal. Subtle. Well-crafted story. Best ever."
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    The characters' motivations were beautifully laid-out. I found this book to be highly intelligent and insightful. I loved the author's ability to switch voices and tell the story from several perspectives. I only wish I might craft an amazing work of literature like this one day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I got so attached to the characters and while I thought I knew the ending well beforehand, I was not as clever as I thought. I love books that surprise and take readers new places. Gorgeous writing. Beautiful performance, too.


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

    I wished I had it in paper, too, so I could read when listening was inappropriate. I got SO much done while listening to this story. I cleaned like nobody's business just so I could justify my continuing to listen while my sweet family was home. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Truly one my favorite Audible book ever. I have listened to many. This one takes the prize. I do tend to like this author. I just noticed I have two other books of hers but I hadn't made the connection until today. Some literature translates beautifully to the spoken word; that is certainly the case with this book. Magical, beautiful, I miss the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather PALM BAY, FL, United States 11-28-12
    Heather PALM BAY, FL, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.

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    "Awesome...Really keeps you on your toes!"
    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, Twists, Memorable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all the characters in this book, and I loved how much each character developed as the book reveals its secrets.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Awesome performance, loved listening to this book.


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

    "You may never know all your family secrets." I think it would make a great movie.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Kate Morton book I have read, but I have already downloaded my next. The story was engaging; it really kept you guessing until the end. The back drop of war time and the history details inserted into the story were interesting. Perfect for readers who love a good story and want to feel like they are learning something about the past.

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    Janie Baltimore, MD, United States 11-27-12
    Janie Baltimore, MD, United States 11-27-12

    Tell us about yourself! I Love to listen to books on my long hour commute to work. It helps the drive be more bearable.

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    "What a great read!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    I usually do not listen to books more than once, I like the suspense of not knowing however I will give this some time and for sure will listen again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vivien the survivor! She was not my favorite until I learned the entire story.


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    Teresa Oneco, FL, United States 11-26-12
    Teresa Oneco, FL, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "Kate Morton's best! Little romance and mystery,"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    Caroline Lee is great. The description of surroundings as Kate Morton's words makes you feel you are there. The background music was a great addition also.


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

    When Laura sees her mother and father dancing.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was her best.


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

    Yes but I took my time. Savoring on every word.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to another book from Kate Morton.

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    Norma Gustafson McPherson, Kansas, US 11-26-12
    Norma Gustafson McPherson, Kansas, US 11-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Never wanted it to end"
    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    I actually loved the way it all took place across so many years. The time frame is nearly the same as my own life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother, probably because she reminded me of my mother who is terminally ill.


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

    The end of course :)


    Any additional comments?

    It was a long story and I loved every single minute of it.

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    Nancy Erda, UT, United States 11-25-12
    Nancy Erda, UT, United States 11-25-12
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    "Wonderful Read!"
    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    The story, Caroline Lee's skill in telling it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jimmy, who knew the true meaning of love.


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    Lucy J. Stewart US 11-24-12
    Lucy J. Stewart US 11-24-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Dodgy accents"
    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    I have read/listened to several books by Kate Morton and enjoyed them, but I nearly couldn't continue to listen to the Secret Keeper because of the dreadful accents of Caroline Lee. She seemed to be all over the place I could hear her native Australian but then she kept wavering between scottish Irish, Received Pronunciation cockney with some Liverpudlian and Yorkshire in places, even when reading about one character. As a native Brit is was very distracting and I wished she had just read in her natural accent.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    As above encouraged Caroline Lee to read naturally in her own accent and not try lots of others rather unsuccessfully


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Lee?

    Her voice is okay just the accents


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

    Made for TV drama


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