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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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    Margaret 09-10-12
    Margaret 09-10-12
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    I love long, wandering stories that are well-read. Caroline Lee is wonderful, and the story is very nice. This is my second Kate Morton book, both having been read by Caroline Lee. Even though they are long, it's always sad when they end.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 12-22-13
    Karen United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Alternate title for "The House at Riverton""
    Where does The Shifting Fog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Unfortunately hadn't realized "The Shifting Fog" is the same / alternate title for "The House at Riverton." Great book / wonderful narration but wish Audible had indicated that I had already purchased the same book under an alternate title.


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lazeth Maumelle, AR, United States 01-13-13
    Lazeth Maumelle, AR, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Intriging"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Intriguing storyline that makes you want to keep listening


    What other book might you compare The Shifting Fog to and why?

    Any Kate Morton book.


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

    Grace - she held so many secrets. I don't think dinner would make her talk!! Maybe she will talk about the downstair,


    Any additional comments?

    Interestingly, The House at Riverton is EXACTLY the same book - just a different title.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 08-07-13
    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoying Kate Morton's books very much"

    I've listened to all of her books on audible and this was my second favorite, though a little more dark than the rest.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rosamond Jonesboro, AR, United States 10-29-12
    Rosamond Jonesboro, AR, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of Kate Morton's best!"
    Any additional comments?

    Like some of the other reviews, it took me a couple of tries to get into this book. Jumping back and forth from the past to the present was a little confusing. However, it didn't take long before I was hooked. Great story!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue 04-27-14
    RueRue 04-27-14

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    "A Visit to Pre-WW I England"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this dramatic story with excellent narration by Caroline Lee. I have recommended it to friends who might enjoy this Downton Abbeyesque story


    What other book might you compare The Shifting Fog to and why?

    This is the same story as The House at Riverton, just a different title.


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

    This is a long audio, and it isn't one to listen to in a marathon sitting. It's a story to savor and let the narration take you back to 1920's England


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Spanaway, WA, United States 05-24-13
    Michael Spanaway, WA, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Such A Good Listen!"
    What did you love best about The Shifting Fog?

    I loved the story within the story. The Shifting Fog tells the story of a Manor House in Essex during WW1 in the early 1920's, told from the perspective of Grace Bradley, a housemaid, now 98 and living in a retirement community in 1999. When Grace finds out that a film is being made of a tragic event at the house - the suicide of a young poet who fought in the war - she recounts her memories leading up to that night, and the part she played in it.


    What other book might you compare The Shifting Fog to and why?

    Other books that remind me of The Shifting Fog are The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, Duet, The Winter Sea, and The Secret Keeper.


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

    Caroline Lee brings a depth to the characters and the story that you just wouldn't experience if you read the book rather than listen to it.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Shifting Fog and why?

    I thought Hannah was the most memorable character in this book because she had all the wonderful tragic flaws you end up loving about them.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley Bay of Islands, New Zealand 09-01-11
    Lesley Bay of Islands, New Zealand 09-01-11
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    "Good account of early UK life..."

    Takes you on a journey of the differences in the class of early UK life for staff of great houses, an enjoyable soft story. Great narration as well...

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    Delma Ormiston, Australia 06-30-11
    Delma Ormiston, Australia 06-30-11
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    "OK"

    This book was ruined for me by the use of an Australian narrator even though the story was set in Britain. The Narrators strong Australian accent was out of place in this novel, I can't think what induced the publishers to make such a choice! Although most Americans (I'm told) can't tell the difference between the two accents, anyone from the UK will find this confusing and distracting. The story was a little slow but enjoyable enough.

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    Duchez, FAIRFAX, VA, United States 05-30-14
    Duchez, FAIRFAX, VA, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely story, wonderful narration"
    Would you listen to The Shifting Fog again? Why?


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


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Reminded me a bit of Dowtown Abbey with post WWI social changes.

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    "Slow in places"

    Not quite sure about this one. I enjoyed it but had it not been for a reasonably satisfactory ending I would have only given it 3 stars. It was very slow in places and I didn't quite see the the need for so much of the present time. The whole story was about a previous era. I could have done with much smaller amounts of the present day. All in all an ok listen but couldn't heartily recommend it

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  • Sue
    sandy, beds, United Kingdom
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    "Needs editing"
    What was most disappointing about Kate Morton’s story?

    The first part of the story set in a large country house was interesting and kept me listening. However once the story moved to London the bordom set in and by the end I really hoped all the characters met an unpleasant painful death.


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

    Grace the maid.


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

    The description of life below stairs pre 1914.


    Any additional comments?

    The most boring book I have ever listened to.

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