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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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    S. 10-26-12
    S. 10-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent -"

    I love this author, and this performer. This author has the ability to develop endless characters you care about, whose lives intertwine, and then end in a twist. All four of her novels follow the pattern, but they are so beautifully written it works every time. The performer's voice starts me on a pleasant journey every time, and I thoroughly enjoy the trip. Excellent –

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    Ruth M. Penson 10-25-12 Member Since 2015

    Ruth

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    "another wonderful Kate Morton book!"
    Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could not stop listening to this book. Wonderful story that moves back & forth between WWII, the 1960's and the present. Caroline Lee, is an amazing narrator that gives life to the many characters with different voices & variations in their accents. This is a must read!!!! Enjoy!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, United States 10-24-12
    Diane LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2015

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    "FANTASTIC!!!!!!"

    I was so in love with The Forgotten Garden I got Kate Morton's other books and was less than thrilled. When this one came out I was apprehensive. I am SO glad I got it. It's actually better than The Forgotten Garden.

    Written in the same style, the characters are perfectly developed, as is the story. Great story, perfect narration. A great read that I was so sorry to see end. Just perfect!

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    Marcia Hampton Falls, NH, United States 10-22-12
    Marcia Hampton Falls, NH, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the structure


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Morton again?

    i doubt it.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    i enjoyed the sound of her voice.


    Did The Secret Keeper inspire you to do anything?

    like what? find a secret to keep?


    Any additional comments?

    i loved The Forgotten Garden but i've liked each succeeding book less. The author uses the same elements in each book. This one was too long and there was too much filler. The solution to the plot is sort of like an O. Henry story but it took too long to get to it and there were too many glitches in the sequence of scenes.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy N. Schnaid Beverly Hills, CA United States 07-16-15
    Stacy N. Schnaid Beverly Hills, CA United States 07-16-15
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    "Excellent but slow start"

    Enjoyed but real mysteries didn't unfold until middle of book. The forgotten garden was better.

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    Amazon Customer Costa Rica 07-14-15
    Amazon Customer Costa Rica 07-14-15 Member Since 2014

    Karol C.

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    "Buen suspenso, muy lento"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Lo recomiendo si es un lector con paciencia y que le guste dejarse sorprender, pero que guste de historias que pasan lento.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Haría que el tiempo pase un poco más rápido, porque a veces la historia se vuelve muy monótona. Supongo que es parte del suspenso.


    What three words best describe Caroline Lee’s voice?

    Sweet, soft, clear


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

    Probably


    Any additional comments?

    Este es un buen libro de suspenso y drama. El tiempo va pasando muy lento, es largo y a veces duro de leer. Sin embargo, con forme avanzas en la historia te llega a gustar. Lo que más me gustó del libro son los vuelcos totalmente inesperados que tiene la historia y que te sacan súbitamente de tu lectura normal con sorpreras que no ves venir. Recomendado para un lector con paciencia y que le guste dejarse sorprender

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    JBW 06-30-15
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    "Enough twists to make me carsick"

    Can there be too many twists? Can a good book be too long? I submit this book as positive evidence to both questions. The author knew the characters inside out and by the end of the book so did I. So one should not share all that one knows in one's book is the moral of the story I suppose. By the time true resolution began to unfold I was weary to death of all of the characters. Eighteen hours of fiction is more than I could handle this time around. I didn't know I had a limit. I just realized I should have turned up the play back speed!

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    shazia 06-21-15
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    "Twists and turns"

    The book was selected for a bookclub by someone else. It's not one I would read on my own. It had many twists and turns that kept the reader intrigued and the writer did a good job maintaining mysteries. I would have liked a few more educational details about the time periods the story volleyed between.

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    P. Williams 06-19-15
    P. Williams 06-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Many twists and turns in this intriguing mystery."

    I enjoyed the layers of story plus the fully dimensional characters. This narrator moved gracefully between many characters

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    Mimi 06-13-15
    Mimi 06-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Keeps you wanting to read more!"

    This was a great book. It keeps you entertained the whole way through. Just when you think you've figured it out something new happens. I loved all the characters and how the author describes who they are so you get a glimpse into their lives. She puts you right into each era of the story with her descriptions. I throughly enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • Bee
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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
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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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