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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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    Lynn Montgomery, IN, United States 02-19-13
    Lynn Montgomery, IN, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written with a twist"

    I really liked this book....set back in time it brought you into the story from the very beginning and kept my attention all the way through.....and when you thought you knew how it was going to end.....you'll have to buy this one to find out what I'm talking about. :). Worth every minute

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    Debra Canton, MI, United States 02-17-13
    Debra Canton, MI, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A secret right until the end!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the best story I've read or listened to in a very long time. The plot winds and turns right up to the end. I became completely enthralled and did not want it to end.


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    Leonora A. Geiger-Miller Pittsgrove, NJ, US 02-16-13
    Leonora A. Geiger-Miller Pittsgrove, NJ, US 02-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Figured It All Out...Early On"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I felt the story was too easily figured out! It did intrigue me in the beginning but it soon lost its spark. A good piece of fiction is something to get lost in but I kept looking for inonsistencies in the telling of the story...I was distracted.


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

    Probably not, because of the feeling of being distracted because of looking for inconsistencies in the story. I felt characters from the present knew too much about the past without solid information.


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

    Jimmy


    Could you see The Secret Keeper being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, but probably will be made into some type of made for TV dribble.


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    Paul HARRISBURG, PA, United States 02-15-13
    Paul HARRISBURG, PA, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Favorite by Kate Morton so far"
    Any additional comments?

    This is my 3rd Kate Morton and my favorite so far. Like her others she goes back and forth in time. I loved the characters and the story. I loved how everything finally ended. The narration was absolutely lovely. A great listening experience!

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    janice 02-15-13
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable experience"
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this lovely story. The language was exquisite. I felt like I was there, in London and that the characters were familiar.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think that my favorite character was Vivian. She was a very strong woman who was loyal, fair minded, strong and never behaved like the victim she was.


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

    I have not listened to Caroline Lee before this but I will definitely search for other books she has done.


    If you could take any character from The Secret Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think it would be Dolly. She was determined to uncover the truth. I liked her.


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    Ladybug 02-15-13
    Ladybug 02-15-13

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    "Great listen! Don't miss this one"

    This is my first Kate Morton listen, but I will listen to more of her books. This is a great story with a great narrator. The narrator perfectly suited the story and made the story come alive as she changed voices for each character. The storyline moves with some unpredictable turns that keep you listening, treasuring every word. This mystery has a great ending. I'm so glad I chose it!

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    "Great story with unexpected twist"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    This was a really good story that became great when a completely unexpected twist was added to it. Cleverly crafted, and well narrated.


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    wbc 02-14-13
    wbc 02-14-13
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    "Glad I kept listening!"
    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that I read the reviews explaining that the beginning is slow but to stick with it! Truly, this is a beautiful book that takes a long time to get interesting. The narrator is excellent, and the story is an interesting one.

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    Deborah Vadnais Hts., MN, United States 02-13-13
    Deborah Vadnais Hts., MN, United States 02-13-13
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    "Book rated giving my first review"
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    No, only because I know the story now.


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

    None that I can think of. It had unique twists and turns.


    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?

    I did not want to listen to in one setting only beacuse it was like some fine chocolates. I want to wait and enjoy some the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the glimpses of London and the blitz. It seemed very real and well researched.

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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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  • 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!

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