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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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    Zach 03-08-13
    Zach 03-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Read."

    I really liked this book but there were times I wanted to story to hurry up and get to the point.

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    Amy Allen, TX, United States 03-08-13
    Amy Allen, TX, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Just when you thought..."

    Kate Morton couldn't get any better, she wrote this. It is clear that Morton gets better with her slight of hand with each book, and her slight of hand was pure perfection in this book. When the secret is revealed in the book, which, as always was read expertly by Caroline Lee, I have to admit, I slammed on my brakes in the middle of the freeway, and yelled, "What the...!" I always look forward to Kate Morton's books, but now I am excited to see how she is going to knock my socks off next time!

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    Teresa 03-08-13
    Teresa 03-08-13
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    "Spellbinding and completely engrossing."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters are amazing and the author takes you into their world with wit and charm.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Traveling back into history and putting the pieces together in such a way that I could not stop listening.


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

    When I realized who the mother really was.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen for anyone who likes good fiction. Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors.

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    Corby 03-03-13
    Corby 03-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Endless and slow"

    This is the second time I've been put to sleep by a Kate Morton book. I guess that is good news if you listen to your stories at night to help with sleep. Way too much detail in this book - could have been half as long.

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    gphd Temecula, CA 03-03-13
    gphd Temecula, CA 03-03-13

    I am a retired high school American Sign Language teacher. Ph.D in multicultural Education. Married, 2 grown daughters.

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    "another winner by kate morton"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    Trying to figure out how the mystery would unravel. As always, the end was a total surprise!!


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

    She is the best narrator I have listened to. A gifted storyteller.


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

    Vivian Jenkins.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Morton has such a gift for weaving a story and like magic it unravels at the end with in a perfect finish, not to be given away throughout the novel. Bravo!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 03-02-13
    Sara 03-02-13
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    "Great twists and turns"
    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    Love the way the story continues to develop all the way to the end. It's wonderfully not predictable or obvious. Both story and performer are fabulous!!


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    lisa United States 02-27-13
    lisa United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I loved this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    The author keeps your attention and lets you see the people, places and colors in the story.


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

    When Laurel sees her mother's siblings photos in the locket.


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

    This is one of my favorite narrators. Her voice is always so perfect for the part. I like that she doesn't try to imitate the male voice and spoil the flow. She is a natural choice.


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

    No. 25 Camden


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first Kate Morton book. I cant wait to read them all.

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    EAA Rochester, NY United States 02-26-13
    EAA Rochester, NY United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Read"
    Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked the story a lot. It is not the best audiobook but it is in the top 10% It kept me interested throughout the entire story. I liked the development and the individual characters.


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    Kelsie Fairfax, CA, United States 02-25-13
    Kelsie Fairfax, CA, United States 02-25-13
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    "Great Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    the plot line was intriguing and wonderful


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

    The twist at the end


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

    She does a wonderful job with voice inflection


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

    Yes, but it is rather long


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirlene East Grand Forks, MN, United States 02-25-13
    Shirlene East Grand Forks, MN, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Kate Morton-a wonderful storyteller."
    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing tender mystery


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Laurel and Dorothy because of their relationship with each other


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Laurel with her mother{Dorothy} as they are questioned by the police, in the nursing home, and at Dorothy's deathbed.


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

    Dorothy


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first Kate Morton book, but definitely not my last. I really enjoyed the story setting and variety of character.

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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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