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The Secret Keeper Audiobook

The Secret Keeper

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Sarah 01-14-13
    Sarah 01-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Kate Morton"
    What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

    Very similar to other Kate Morton books, The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton and also similar to The Thirteenth Tail by Diane Setterfield. I say they are similar because they are all a story within a story- someone in the present telling a story of something that happened in the past and it all comes together in the end.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is very melodic. She captures a persons age and gender without having to change her voice too much to accommodate the different person, but just enough that you know it is different.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked any of Kate Morton's previous work, you will not be disappointed with this book. The end left me with a couple of questions but I think if I re listened to it I would probably work those out, she doesn't give you all of the answers but I think they are there in between the lines and I like that about her style.

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    SK 01-14-13
    SK 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent read"
    Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably one of the best audiobooks I have read. Couldn't stop listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vivienne is definitely a favorite. She is so resilient and my feelings for her were constantly changing in the book.


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

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth every minute that I procrastinated doing other things.

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    Robin United States 01-14-13
    Robin United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow to Unfold"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read other books by Kate Morton, so I know she has a formula and she sticks to it with good success. For some reason, I found "The Secret Keeper" quite slow to start out and for the first third of the book I had trouble staying focused on the story and feeling any empathy towards the characters. By the second half, while I knew what the secret was, I was still curious about how the characters had arrived at that point, which signals a riveting story and engaging characters. Ultimately, the book was very enjoyable, not great, not the most fantastic thing I've read this year, but a worthwhile expenditure of my time while walking the dog, spinning and knitting.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 01-13-13
    Bonny 01-13-13

    Addicted to books, both print and audio-.

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    "Enjoyed it, but . . ."

    This is my first Kate Morton and also first listen to Caroline Lee. Caroline Lee is the best part. What a great narrator! It's a very good story, but I felt it could have been edited to about two-thirds of its length. There is a lot of repetition; the author should trust her readers to grasp the action and emotion of the story without having to hear the same point multiple times. That said, it's a very enjoyable listen and a good payoff at the end.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Louis 01-13-13
    Louis 01-13-13
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    "don't get distracted"

    While at first I found it slow at first I realized to get distracted would be a great mistake to the story line. By time I was getting to the end I was glued to my kindle no matter what I was doing. A great story I would recommend especially if your are on a long trip.

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    Darlyn Davie, FL, United States 01-13-13
    Darlyn Davie, FL, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Keep listening to the end - what a payoff!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narration. I also loved how the story wrapped up - I was brought to tears.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Vivian. She was kind and strong.


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

    Laurel


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

    Once I was about 3/4 of the way through, I didn't want to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    For most of the book, I thought it was just ok - a little too long, too many details that I thought at the time didn't mean anything. But once the story starting wrapping up, I realized it was a GREAT story, and I relished all those details. A new favorite author!

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    Gingers Mom virginia USA 01-11-13
    Gingers Mom virginia USA 01-11-13

    Mom

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a really great book. I loved the way you get to know the characters and the problems of life they lived through. I will be watching for more books by Kate Morton.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Caroline Lee did a marvelous job performing this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Yes


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    Mary Denver, CO, United States 01-11-13
    Mary Denver, CO, United States 01-11-13 Listener Since 2003
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    "Compelling story, surprising twists"
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    I usually never read or listen to a book more than once. Same for movies. You know what happens already


    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?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Just an awesome story, loved the characters and the mystery involved!

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    Alfred CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 01-10-13
    Alfred CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2009

    Audio is in Al's name but it's MaryJane who listens to the books.

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    "Kate Morton is always great"
    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    Suspensful, Entertaining, Great, it's always worth the wait for her books, everyone of them has been just teriffic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like the history, love hearing about the past and then going back to the present.


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

    She just wants to make you keep listening, a super reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for her next book

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    Sheila McGee-Smith Amherst, NH USA 01-07-13
    Sheila McGee-Smith Amherst, NH USA 01-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, Set in London During WWII Blitz"

    Kate Morton has written an intricate plot that twists and turns as it bounces back and forth from London circa 1941 to 2011. It's nice and long , ~20 hours, for those that enjoy longer works.

    Only 4 stars for performance because sometimes it was hard to tell which "character voice" the narrator was using.

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