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The Shifting Fog [also published under the alternate title The House at Riverton] Audiobook
The Shifting Fog [also published under the alternate title The House at Riverton]
Written by: 
Kate Morton
Narrated by: 
Caroline Lee
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The Shifting Fog [also published under the alternate title The House at Riverton] Audiobook

The Shifting Fog [also published under the alternate title The House at Riverton]

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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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    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...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Aly 02-18-16
    Aly 02-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Kate Morton will never disappoint"
    Would you listen to The Shifting Fog again? Why?

    At some point I might, I might. Its a relaxing and intriguing read, that takes you back in time and engulfs you into the very genuine story plot and character development.


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

    When Hannah falls in love.


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

    I have, and I actually found Kate Morton's books by following Caroline Lee. She is AMAZING, and I will continue to look for other books read by her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end......of course!


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Morton may not be for everyone, but for those that fall in love with her writing (which I imagine are many!) - I cannot name a book where she disappoints. They are each their own unique, well thought and well written beautiful masterpieces, and I cannot wait to read more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Stewart 01-21-16
    Ray Stewart 01-21-16
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    "The Upstairs/Downstairs Life of a Lady's Maid"

    Nice character development. Good mystery that kept me guessing. The narrator did a great job with the characters.

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    Ann Mangold Coarsegold, CA United States 09-30-15
    Ann Mangold Coarsegold, CA United States 09-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "fantastic book!"

    love the story and the narrator. Perfect combination. hoping there is a sequel... I want to know what has happened to these characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 08-07-15
    Nancy 08-07-15
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    "Different Title- Purchased in Error"
    What would have made The Shifting Fog better?

    Having the same name as the book "The House at Riverton". Even though blurb does tell it is the same I didn't see it at time of purchase so I purchased the audio book and the ebook unintentionally. By the time I realized, it was too late to return.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Salt Lake City, UT, United States 07-24-15
    Karen Salt Lake City, UT, United States 07-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I ❤️ Kate Morton!"

    I guess you could figure out the ending up front...but its the journey getting to the end that is pure enjoyment!

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 04-07-15
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2001
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    Any additional comments?

    Narration by Caroline Lee, nineteen hours of listening.

    In preparation for a movie, a film maker is researching the suicide of a poet. This suicide took place at an old mansion/country manor, amongst the early 20th century wealthy. Residents include two rival sisters, witnesses. Research involves interviewing Grace, an aged woman who was once a housemaid. Unbeknownst to the researcher, Grace has knowledge of the event, information known only to her. The story is told in flashbacks as Grace creates audiotapes.

    Lots of detail regarding the advent of WWI, the rich and spoiled upper crust of England. In my opinion, the story is longer than necessary. A bit much with regard to fluffy conversations between the sisters, descriptions of gowns, parties, etc., at least for my taste. The story itself gets more intriguing nearer the end of the book, so hang in there.

    Narration was problematic for me. For the most part the reading was pretty good. However, the narrator created an annoyingly high-pitched squeal when voicing some of the female characters, and although colorful and appropriate for the character, albeit sometimes child-like, it forced a grumble a number of times.

    Grace’s secret isn’t revealed until the last few pages, but you’ll probably figure it out in earlier chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Corunna, MI, United States 02-24-15
    Maria Corunna, MI, United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "What an ending....."

    I just discovered Kate Morton books this year. I loved the Forgotten Garden, so I listened to the Secret Keeper, the Shifting Fog was even better than the first two. The reality of not everything has a happy ending, is what keeps me reading her books. Cannot wait for the next one.

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    Salena 01-30-15
    Salena 01-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it all! I love all her books."

    I love how she adds many stories into one. finishes a book leaving you to wonder and to desire more

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