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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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    Liz Lambdin Altadena, CA United States 02-12-13
    Liz Lambdin Altadena, CA United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well Written but LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For the most part, but did I mention that it was LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG


    Would you recommend The Secret Keeper to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not - it was LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing -she was great.


    Do you think The Secret Keeper needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK, I think she said it all in this one.


    Any additional comments?

    It was too LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG.

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    Sue 02-12-13
    Sue 02-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "performed very nicely"
    Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


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

    I loved Caroline Lee's performance. She has a voice that is very easy to listen to. The story kept me looking forward to the next chapter.


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    N. Picard Manvel, Texas USA 02-11-13
    N. Picard Manvel, Texas USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Magnificent story with unexpected ending"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voice brought this story to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns kept me engaged and wowed to the very end.


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

    Ms. Lee's narration was wonderful. It was nice to have a British narrator for the book considering its setting.


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    Joyce GODDARD, KS, United States 02-11-13
    Joyce GODDARD, KS, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2014

    I love to read and quilt. However I always have a problem trying to decide if I would rather read or quilt since I love them both. Audible has solved my problem. Now I can quilt and listen to my favorite books. I love it.

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    "Great book but slow at times."
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    No, once was enough. I did enjoy it the first time but I am not one to read the same book twice or listen to the same story twice. This was good but not that good.


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    Tonya Liodos Ohio 02-11-13
    Tonya Liodos Ohio 02-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "hard to follow on audio"
    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    probably not, NormallyI enjoy a story that moves from time to time but this on audio was difficult for me to follow and though the naration was well done, I personally don't care for most British narrators.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the mystery of the murdered man and Dolly's past.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I believe so.


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

    yes, definately


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    Christie BURLESON, TX, United States 02-11-13
    Christie BURLESON, TX, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Kate Morton is a brilliant story weaver"

    Kate Morton does not just write stories she weaves chapter by chapter into a beautiful work of art. Caroline Lee's narration is icing on the cake. She brings the characters to life. When you finish an exceptional book... there is a certain sadness.. like you are saying goodbye to friends.. this is the experience of this book.

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    Megan 02-09-13
    Megan 02-09-13
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    "Another Great Mystery from Morton!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    Definitely. The story is great and very suspenseful. The reader uses clear character voices that are not over done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like all of Morton's books, the mystery is so surprising! I can never guess the ending.


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    Jane Boulder, Co 02-09-13
    Jane Boulder, Co 02-09-13 Member Since 2015

    Middle aged professional with long commute whose goal in listening is to be entertained.

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    "Another winner from Kate Morton"

    This gothic mystery has three of my favorite elements of a good story - a good mystery, 'time travel' (through parallel narratives) and coming-of-age transitions. Caroline Lee is as good as ever (the whiny character's whining really began to irritate me!), and the character list is easily manageable for listening.

    This is similar to Kate Morton's other books, which are interdependent multi-generational mysteries focusing mostly on the female characters within a larger family saga. Unlike her other novels, I suspected the right answer to the mystery fairly early on. From other reviews I see that this is not an unusual experience, but I found it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story. The rich background descriptions of living in London during the blitz, the development of interesting and flawed characters, and the details of how it all came about make it a great listen anyway.

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 02-09-13
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't keep this a secret!"

    What a great listen. This is the kind of book that just keeps drawing you further and further in to the story, while finishing with a completely unexpected ending. I really enjoyed it. My only complaint is with part of the narration - for some reason the narrator feels the need to give one of the main characters an Irish accent (for the life of me I don't know why). It's completely unexpected when she first does it, and she continues doing so throughout the book. If you can overlook this, it's a great story.

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    Mary Hanson 02-07-13
    Mary Hanson 02-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This was wonderful!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again.....because I don't tend to listen to books more than once. But this was a wonderful book with great character development and twists along the way.


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

    There were two...one I could guess at before it actually unfolded...the other was a complete surprise.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job of differentiating the different voices for the characters. I do find the cockney accent (at least I think it was cockney) annoying after a while...but that's just me.


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

    Vivian


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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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