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The Shifting Fog | [Kate Morton]

The Shifting Fog

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.
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Publisher's Summary

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.

Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.

Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent 20s, The Shifting Fog is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.

An alternate title for this novel is The House at Riverton.

©2006 Kate Morton (P)2006 Kate Morton

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    Nancy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 05-29-14
    Nancy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    Where does The Shifting Fog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near top of my preferred historical romances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The superb narration by Caroline Lee, who transports a reader back in time.


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

    Hanna.


    If you could rename The Shifting Fog, what would you call it?

    I prefer the alternate title of The House at Riverton


    Any additional comments?

    Good character development and historical description enhances this authors fine talents with prose. Top notch for ladies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Canyon Lake, TX, United States 04-22-14
    Michele Canyon Lake, TX, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT!!!"
    What did you love best about The Shifting Fog?

    The story was so compelling


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were perfectly formulated


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

    The wonderul voices, although I am a bit peeved with the way British narrators bring American accents to life. I hope we don't really sound that way to their ears. It's disgusting.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they'd make a movie about making the movie. It would make a terrific film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanine Stillman Utah 04-01-14
    Jeanine Stillman Utah 04-01-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent"
    What did you love best about The Shifting Fog?

    I love all of Kate's books! They keep you so intrigued through the whole book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made be both laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is amazing. I have enjoyed these book so much I purchased one for my sister.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-15-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-15-14 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Doesn't Measure Up to Her Other Books"

    This is an enjoyable listen . . . but doesn't come close to The Secret Keeper and The Forgotten Garden, in my opinion. I got tired listening, but did stick with it until the end. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the WWI era in England, but the book could have been much shorter and been better. The Shifting Fog lacked the magical qualities of Kate Morton's other books and I missed the unfolding mystery of the other two books that I've listened to. The ending didn't leave me nearly as satisfied either.

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    Judy Hendersonville, NC, United States 12-18-13
    Judy Hendersonville, NC, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend it to a friend. It's long but kept my interest all through the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shifting Fog?

    When Grace's mother died and she found out the truth about her father.


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

    Grace was my favorite. I loved hearing her tell the story, going from past to present. Caroline Lee is a great narrator and really did a great performance with all the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction but I was sad that Grace died.


    Any additional comments?

    I love stories about the 20s and especially in the UK. This was well worth the almost 19 hours it took to listen.

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    C. Oneal California 12-16-13
    C. Oneal California 12-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "Longer than it needed to be."
    Would you listen to The Shifting Fog again? Why?

    No, I don't listen to books twice or watch movies twice.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was hard to listen to without having my mind wander. Though I was glad to find out it didn't much matter. The end anti-climactic was a disappointment to the writing which was good but I was left with wondering what compelled the writer of the book to write this? As a non-fiction would have made more sense as you would be bound by the truth and not imagination.

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    Lisa United States 09-23-13
    Lisa United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My Favorite Book by Kate Morton!"
    What did you love best about The Shifting Fog?

    The story of the past ... a past painstakingly researched and communicated to us in such beautiful words and organization. This is a story of being human and how our choices can lead to unintended results. I hated to have it end. This is my favorite Kate Morton story ... Grace is my favorite character to date...and I have read all Kate's stories. I can't wait till a new one is available.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character of Grace. She was so developed and believable as she told this story. You feel as if you know her and hate to see the story end. Also, how Kate Morton builds the story and tells it. She is a magnificent storyteller. Yes, she is detailed and sets each scene so carefully ... it's why you become so involved with her characters and understand them. I love history, and she gives us historical background so well.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I love the way she reads the story. I like her accents. I could listen to her forever and never get tired of her voice.


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

    Absolutely. I just never have the time to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book ... if you liked Kate Morton's other stories, I think you will love this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 01-29-14
    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Buyer beware"

    This book is The House at Riverton. I listened to it in 2012. I kept thinking "this sounds familiar." Audible is such a good place to do business. I'm really surprised that they don't put a warning in the description.

    The book is pretty good, but just don't buy both of them.

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