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The Secret Keeper | [Kate Morton]

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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    Tamster 11-20-12
    Tamster 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Keeper to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Laurel, Dorothy, and Vivian.


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

    No.


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

    No because the audio book was like 18 hours. But I did listen for long periods of time!


    Any additional comments?

    This book had a great plot, it took me a little bit to get to the exciting parts, but once it unfolded it was gripping. I definitely want to read more of this authors books. I be er would ave seen that ending coming!

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    Lynda EVERSON, WA, United States 11-20-12
    Lynda EVERSON, WA, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love Kate Morton's books & Caroline Lee even more!"

    A mystery, a love story and historical interest all together. Kept me guessing until the end.

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    bernadette Akron, OH, United States 11-19-12
    bernadette Akron, OH, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A good read!"

    I like Kate Morton's books and this is a good one. I don't know why but I also like the narrator - something about her voice..... this is an interesting story that is worth reading

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    Karen United States 11-18-12
    Karen United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Not much of a secret, but still enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I very much liked Laurel. It was a refreshing change to have a female protagonist who wasn't mid20's, beautiful, and guaranteed to fall in love with a handsome stranger.


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

    The crocodile.


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

    She does a nice job of modulating her voice for all the characters.


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

    The crocodile.


    Any additional comments?

    The secret was pretty easy to suss out, but a look at London during the Blitz was very compelling. Laurel is very likable and so is Vivian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne MELBOURNE, FL, United States 11-15-12
    Anne MELBOURNE, FL, United States 11-15-12
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    "Would have been good if..."
    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    Probably not. This one was too long and bogged down with needless details. I found myself checking to see how long was left because I was bored. I wouldn't want to waste my time again.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Morton? Why or why not?

    Probably not. This one was too long and bogged down with needless details. I found myself checking to see how long was left because I was bored. I wouldn't want to waste my time again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The twist scene, but unfortunately I knew it was coming.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The ending was good but after such a long build up it was predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    This book probably would have been good if it had been half as long. It was just way to bogged down and slow moving. I never listen to abridged versions of books because I generally feel so much is lost when the details are cut out. This one would likely be MUCH better abridged. I wanted to like it, but unfortunately found myself bored overall.

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    Laurel CONWAY, SC, United States 11-15-12
    Laurel CONWAY, SC, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Secret was kept right up to the last minute!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Keeper to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed being the pleasure of having someone read the story to me! The narrator was very good at making the characters individual and personal...


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

    The Children's Hospital ~~ the relationships that developed during such a difficult time. The under currents that brought Vivian to life and interest in her personal circumstance was piqued...


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    It is hard to decide.... she made them all come to life for me!


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

    Other than being the main characters, Dorothy and Vivian seemed to be polar opposites, yet drawn to each other in ways beyond their own control...


    Any additional comments?

    The concerns and worries of being back in the London Blitz as the "young years" of Dorothy are unveiled, the questions and wonders of Laurel and her brother as she uncovers these long-ago events, keep one captivated right up to the last word!

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    Nancy Patterson 11-13-12
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    "A Most Excellent Read!!"

    This is a delightfully well thought out story that kept me wanting more story, but I wanted the mystery to be solved. Great narration.

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    Carolyn VENTURA, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Carolyn VENTURA, CA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"
    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    It was like peeling an onion, every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, another layer would be revealed changing the course.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't wait to get into my car for my commute to and from work, it kept me very entertained and made my commute time seem much less than it is. Caroline Lee's is wonderful, it was like "watching" a play.


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

    No, this was the first.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marny Pine, CO, United States 11-12-12
    Marny Pine, CO, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Love, love, love!!!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    Probably not but that doesn't say much. I don't listen to books twice. There are just too many great ones out there to listen to. What I do instead is listen to other books by the same author and I have listened to ALL of Kate Morton's books.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

    I love the way that Kate Morton plays with time in her books. The Maisie Dobbs series is similar in both that aspect as well as the well told mystery.


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

    She narrates so well and seems to be able to protray even the slightest nuance of character.


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

    Yes, if only I had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Another fabulous book by Kate Morton. She is becoming one of my all time favorites.

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    Nonnie 11-12-12
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    "Never boring!"

    The way Ms. Morton switches back and forth in time, following her characters from past to present, weaving the story thread so cleverly, keeps the reader intrigued, following the "secrets". The characters are so well developed it is easy to become involved in their "journey". The narration is well done, and the accent adds so much to the listening pleasure of Kate Morton's books, which makes them a "must-hear" experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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