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
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.
Laurel, because I relate to her as a middle-aged daughter doing her best for her dying mother.
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.
Yes yes YES -- I couldn't, of course, but boy was it difficult to put down.
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.
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.
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.
Ah, her voice, her accent, her measured delivery, her empathy with all the characters. The lilt in her voice was just the right touch.
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.
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!
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.
Her Best Yet !
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.
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.
I wouldn't listen again, because that's not something I do.
I think Caroline Lee's narration was excellent.
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!
Like I said above, I liked the story and the ending very much. However, getting to the end was very long and drawn out.
Say something about yourself!
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!
I love the story and the narrator.
Fried Green Tomatoes
I love Caroline Lee's voice and her British accent. She reads very clearly. I almost feel like I am watching a play.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
"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.
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
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!
"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.
"Loved the book!"
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.
always go for detective books. This was a great listen. I've downloaded the secret garden now here's hoping it's as good.
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.
"The secret keeper"
I would recommend this with reservations. I enjoyed the story but I had many problems with the narrator.
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.
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.
Possibly but I think it might be confusing.
I know Kate Morton is Australian but because the book was set in England it really needed English accents.
"Cannae get over the bad accents in this narration!"
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.
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 :(
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.
"Not a good choice"
I have read books by Kate Morton and enjoyed them but would NEVER listen to another narrated by Caroline Lee
Only if it had a different narrator
No. Absolutely not
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.
I wish I had listened to the narrator before I bought the book!
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