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
For the most part, but did I mention that it was LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG
Probably not - it was LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG
Nothing -she was great.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK, I think she said it all in this one.
It was too LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG.
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.
The narrator's voice brought this story to life.
The twists and turns kept me engaged and wowed to the very end.
Ms. Lee's narration was wonderful. It was nice to have a British narrator for the book considering its setting.
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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.
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.
the mystery of the murdered man and Dolly's past.
I believe so.
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.
Definitely. The story is great and very suspenseful. The reader uses clear character voices that are not over done.
Like all of Morton's books, the mystery is so surprising! I can never guess the ending.
Middle aged professional with long commute whose goal in listening is to be entertained.
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.
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.
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.
There were two...one I could guess at before it actually unfolded...the other was a complete surprise.
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.
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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