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The Secret Keeper Audiobook

The Secret Keeper

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Cindy Petzoldt St. Louis, Missouri 01-23-13
    Cindy Petzoldt St. Louis, Missouri 01-23-13 Member Since 2010

    disney diva

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    "Worth Waiting For -- A Great Read!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    Caroline Lee's beautiful narration fits perfectly with Kate Morton's slowly developing tale. Lots of twists and turns lead the listener to discover secret longings of characters from different times and generations. Mesmerizing. Hard to put down. I fell in love with the reader and the writer and will be checking out their other titles soon.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Laurel, because I relate to her as a middle-aged daughter doing her best for her dying mother.


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

    Dolly, because she's not as simple as she initially seems and Caroline Lee does a masterful job with all of Dolly's slow reveals.


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

    Yes yes YES -- I couldn't, of course, but boy was it difficult to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    More, please!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie 01-21-13
    Vickie 01-21-13
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    "Not Predictable!"

    This book surprised me more than any other as secrets were revealed. I thought I had it all figured out, but was totally caught off guard. As with Kate Morton's other books (The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hour), the story jumps back and forth between generations as the main character unravels families stories/mysteries. I enjoyed the characters and setting. Didn't care for one character (Jimmy) who used a lot of profanity.

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    akgypsy 01-21-13
    akgypsy 01-21-13

    goddess of thunder

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    "History, mystery, labyrinthine delight."
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    Caroline Lee's narration compelled me from the beginning, then the story intrigued me. I tried to guess what was going to happen next, or how things would unfold, but rarely was able to see around the corners... Well paced, lovely tone to the story as well as Caroline's voice and accent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't know that I had a favorite, although maybe Jimmy would rate first if I had to have one. Dolly, Vivien, Jimmy and Laurel kind of traded places depending on where in the story I was. Jimmy, though, would have to take the vote. I am not going to say why, because I don't want to give anything away.


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

    Ah, her voice, her accent, her measured delivery, her empathy with all the characters. The lilt in her voice was just the right touch.


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

    Well, I may have wanted to, but it would have been a bit long for one sitting. If I had been reading it myself, I would definitely have done it all at once, it possible. Having a work schedule kind of interferes with that one, though.


    Any additional comments?

    This would probably not have been a book I would have picked up in a bookstore; I am not even sure what section I would have seen it in, but I gravitate towards other genres, generally. So this was a delightful find, which I only got because of the Audible synopsis. I really like this book, am impressed by the research Kate Morton obviously conducted, and the depth of feeling and character development. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends!

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    Sue Naples, FL, United States 01-20-13
    Sue Naples, FL, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it"
    Any additional comments?

    I rarely write reviews, and all through this wonderful book I knew I'd write something positive. I couldn't wait to get back in my car several times during this listen. I found myself sitting in the car in parking lots so I wouldn't have to put it down.

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    cynthia 01-20-13
    cynthia 01-20-13
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    "Fabulous!!!"
    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    Her Best Yet !


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mother/daughter relationship is highlighted in this book and the main character is a bit fiesty, which is always fun. Ms. Morton threw some false trails out and had a nice twist at the end! I really have enjoyed all her books but this is now my favorite of hers with The Forgotten Garden now in 2nd place. I highly recommend this "read"
    The narration is also superb, which only makes this audiobook that much more enjoyable.


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    donna 01-18-13
    donna 01-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Where are all the good books."
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    And have I read them all? This is what I was thinking after serching for over an hour and finally choosing this book. There may be nothing new under the sun, but this book caught my attention and kept me engaged begining to end. This book kept me guessing. This story reminded me the dangers of making assumptions and generalizing. You dont really know anyone till you have walked a mile in their shoes and still you should be careful about judging anyone. I enjoyed this listen.


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    Catherine 01-17-13
    Catherine 01-17-13
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    "The Ending was very good!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen again, because that's not something I do.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I think Caroline Lee's narration was excellent.


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

    At nearly 20 hours long - it's not possible to listen in one sitting. It is about 10 hours too long. It really didn't need to be this long and drawn out. I would have given it 5 stars, but it was just toooooo long!


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said above, I liked the story and the ending very much. However, getting to the end was very long and drawn out.

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    Regina Newton, MA, United States 01-16-13
    Regina Newton, MA, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A terrific listen!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Gripping story, beautifully read, amazing experience. One of the best in the many many I have listened to over the years. Best by Kate Morton yet and I enjoy her books very much! It isn't a book for falling asleep, rather you need to engage your brain to keep focussed on the characters and plot. But that focus leads you on a delightful story line!


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    Sunset United States 01-16-13
    Sunset United States 01-16-13
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    "Charming story/excellent narrator"
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    Yes.
    I love the story and the narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

    Fried Green Tomatoes


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I love Caroline Lee's voice and her British accent. She reads very clearly. I almost feel like I am watching a play.


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

    It kept me alert and wanting to listen to every word. The characters come to life in my mind and it felt like I knew them.


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    Suzanne Harvie Humacao, PR 01-15-13
    Suzanne Harvie Humacao, PR 01-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Too long by half..."
    What would have made The Secret Keeper better?

    Although I hate to criticize authors, I noticed that I kept wondering if the author would please come to the point... many times! I appreciate all of the research done for this book, and it was an interesting story, but
    W A Y T O O L O N G.


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  • Jenny
    11/29/16
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    "A TALENTED STORY TELLER!"

    I always enjoy Kate Morton's books and especially this one. The story twists its way through different time zones leaving the listener wanting to know more as the story infolds.

    The only thing I found strange was the narrator's take on a black country accent but the rest of the story she did a good job.

    Would recommend this story however taking all things into account as the story is excellent.

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  • Dave L
    4/3/17
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    "Terrible accents"

    A good story, if more mellow drama than high suspense. However, as pleasant a voice as the performer has, her grasp of English is terrible

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  • Mrs. O. W. Hawkins
    2/19/17
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    "Superb"

    Wonderful story as always by this author and beautifully read! Excellent story which has an amazing twist at the end which is both enlightening and gives you a feeling of warmth. I enjoyed each chapter! Beautiful!

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  • RachieBlossom
    Cheltenham UK
    2/2/17
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    "great story, didnt want it to end."

    fantastic story, the ending was griping, didnt want it to end.
    I would of loved to give it 5 stars but the Narrator let it down massively.
    I'm still not sure what accent she was trying to portray but it didnt fit at all. It very nearly put me off carrying on. I am glad I persevered tho as the author does deserve great praise.

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  • C T Jones
    8/18/16
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    "Loved the book!"
    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    The story kept me gripped but I agree with other listeners about the narrator's accents. They were just all over the place! I still enjoyed the book despite this though.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Kilmacrennan, Co DonegalIreland
    6/15/16
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    "Excellent listen."

    always go for detective books. This was a great listen. I've downloaded the secret garden now here's hoping it's as good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • wolffie
    UK
    4/13/16
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    "Much enjoyed"

    It was a great plot which had me puzzled till the end. The author has much talent and the narrator puts the story over with conviction and sensitivity. Even after knowing the end of the mystery I re-listened several times for the pure enjoyment of revisiting the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Monterubbiano, Italy
    4/2/16
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    "The secret keeper"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this with reservations. I enjoyed the story but I had many problems with the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way that although it was set in different time zones it was always easy to follow. The various twists and turns in the story kept me eager to continue even though narrator made me feel like giving up.


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

    I didn't enjoy Caroline Lee's narration. Although she has a nice voice I found her accents very difficult to listen to. Not only were they difficult to place in any particular part of the country but they were inconsistent.


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

    Possibly but I think it might be confusing.


    Any additional comments?

    I know Kate Morton is Australian but because the book was set in England it really needed English accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bee
    5/9/15
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    "Cannae get over the bad accents in this narration!"
    Would you try another book written by Kate Morton or narrated by Caroline Lee?

    I would, but only if Caroline Lee sticks to her own Aussie accent. She's appallingly bad at doing other accents. I read somewhere else that her accents of the British Isles were "spot on". The person who wrote that must be either deaf or American.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favourite character but I liked the parts about young Dolly best. Unfortunately these are also the parts where the bad accent rears its ugly head :(


    What didn’t you like about Caroline Lee’s performance?

    The weird accents she used. Totally ruined the listening experience, I kept wondering which accent she was actually trying for, and then I had to rewind just to focus on the story again, instead of on the bad accents.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Montignac sur Charente, France
    2/23/15
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    "Not a good choice"
    Would you try another book written by Kate Morton or narrated by Caroline Lee?

    I have read books by Kate Morton and enjoyed them but would NEVER listen to another narrated by Caroline Lee


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Morton again?

    Only if it had a different narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    No. Absolutely not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance: the story is probably a good one but I have given up after two hours because of the very irritating narrator. Telling an English story with an Australian accent, although faint, was annoying enough, but her attempt at an Irish accent was appalling and gave nothing to the story; in fact, the whole chapter, except for Viviane's voice, was read in an Irish accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had listened to the narrator before I bought the book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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