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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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    Kim Fairview, TX, United States 12-24-12
    Kim Fairview, TX, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THE BEST . . ."
    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    books I have ever "read"!! I can't believe that there is actually an author out there today that can construct a plot with well developed characters that can hold one's attention!! I'll be looking for more books by Kate Morton!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vivian - because she has such strength.


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

    Brings a capitivating story line completely to life, allows the terrific plot twists to "grab" the listener unexpectedly; enhances an already enticing dialogue through narration that doesn't draw attention to the narrator but to the characters themselves. GREAT JOB!!!


    If you could rename The Secret Keeper, what would you call it?

    Sorry, but this is a dumb question; I wouldn't - the title is perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    All in all, one of the very best of the best!

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    H20Babies KAPOLEI, HI, US 12-23-12
    H20Babies KAPOLEI, HI, US 12-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Five Star Winner...you won't be disappointed"

    What a delightful story!

    Love, murder, betrayal, and family secrets all set against the backdrop of modern day England and during the 2nd World War. This story has an end that not only twists and turns, but double-backs upon itself for a thoroughly enjoyable ending; one that I could have never anticipated, but end up being so absolutely satisfying that it stayed with me for days.

    I am really selective with my precious credits, and browse for hours on end. I didn't love Morton's last book, so I was hesitant to buy this audiobook. Not only did it end up being the best credit spent thus far, I purchased three hardback copies for gift-giving (including one for myself).

    My only smidgen of criticism is for the Australian narrator who had a problem with English accents. As she voiced the characters, she would switch mid-narration between Australian and English - and it threw me off quite a bit in the beginning.

    That being said, this is now one of my all-time favorite books....top 10 status.

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    Sandra Louisville, KY, United States 12-19-12
    Sandra Louisville, KY, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating! I truly enjoyed this book."
    What would have made The Secret Keeper better?

    I can't think of anything that would make the story better. It was a period piece, a character study and a mystery all in one. I thought I had it figured out, but then realized about two thirds through that I was completely wrong. Her characters were very well thought out and believable. I normally stick to mysteries, but I'll try either reading or listening to another one of her books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Forgotten. I have it, but I'm sort of saving it to listen to.


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

    Not a thing. She did a great job and I could understand every word which at my age is a blessing.


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

    More sadness in that people aren't nearly as strong or wise as you want them to be.


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    Ms. Ashburn, VA, United States 12-19-12
    Ms. Ashburn, VA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great Kate Morton story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a great historical mystery


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

    Finding out about Vivien's life in Australia


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    She is wonderful - she has the perfect voice for this.


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

    I listen to books in the car, so I know I have a good one when I break out the headphones and continue listening at work and at home


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    Terri in Maryland Maryland 12-18-12
    Terri in Maryland Maryland 12-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Quite a 'Secret'!"

    This is the first Kate Morton book I've listened to and I'll be looking for another! Although the story started out a bit slow, I kept with it and it did not disappoint. It was enlightening to get a glimpse of what Londoners went through during the Blitz and how people had to cope with loss and grief at every turn. But what made the book a great story was how the characters learned to survive, some with more grace than others and how to truly love despite their own pain. I'd recommend this book to my friends.

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    Robin West Bountiful, UT, United States 12-17-12
    Robin West Bountiful, UT, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Fabulous!"

    I didn't start off loving this book but by the end I was a true believer. Kate Morton does it again.

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    tammy Wilkesboro, NC, United States 12-17-12
    tammy Wilkesboro, NC, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The foreplay gives hints w/o giving ending away"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is on my favorites list.


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

    I never suspected the ending. I love surprises! Great book.


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

    Her voice changes with the emotions of characters and events, where some narrators can be distracting, Caroline Lee just brings you right into the story and you won't want to turn her off.


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    Gillian Saunders Orlando, FL 12-16-12
    Gillian Saunders Orlando, FL 12-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Story dragged on too long"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I felt that this book dragged on too much. I like Kate Morton but she could tell her story in fewer words and it would still be suspenseful and captivating. I like her stories but felt that it took too long for the plot to work itself out. I would have stopped listening if it weren't such a suspenseful plot.


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

    I could see it being made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Caroline Lee's voice sounded too Australian to me and when she tried to switch characters, she lost the British accent a lot.

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    Cindy S. Williams Atlanta-ish, GA 12-12-12
    Cindy S. Williams Atlanta-ish, GA 12-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Cindy Williams

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    "Captivating with a surprise ending"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Keeper to be better than the print version?

    I didn't not read the print version. But the audio edition was outstanding.


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

    The character development was so memorable. I was able to truly understand each character's motivations, passions, dreams. The ending was a complete surprise. Well done.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Caroline Lee was outstanding. She has the most wonderful voice and gave each character a personality. I could almost picture each one.


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    Katy 12-11-12
    Katy 12-11-12
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    "Entertaining."
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    Love listening to the british accent of the narrater. Made listening to 30 hours of narration much more enjoyable.


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

    The accent and how she did a great job when changing characters.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable read. Surprising ending.

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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.


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  • 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.

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  • wolffie
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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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