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The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog] Audiobook

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

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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 twenties, The House at Riverton is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.

An alternate title for this novel is The Shifting Fog.

©2006 Kate Morton; (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Sophie Smeenk Netherlands 08-22-12
    Sophie Smeenk Netherlands 08-22-12 Member Since 2010

    Quilt crazed

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    "Breathless"

    This book, like many of Kate Morton's books, is beautiful. I really enjoyed it from first to last, because of the atmospheric but very realistic painting of life in the early twentieth century. The characters are very vivid, the story gripping and completely believable and Caroline Lee's voice brings it all to life beautifully. Don't miss this one, and then read Kate Morton's other books. She hasn't disappointed me yet!

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    Diane LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, United States 08-21-12
    Diane LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Disappointed"

    I had just finished reading Kate Morton's "The Forgotten Garden" and was blown away by it when I started "The House at Riverton". I guess my expectations were too high in expecting another masterpiece.

    Although I do agree with others that the Aussie accent while reading English characters is slightly off-putting, it could easily have been overlooked if the story had developed better. It was indeed very slow to develop, but then it never developed, and it ended without there ever being much of a story to tell. For as long as the story was, she could have gone into more detail about Grace herself, especially her life post-Riverton.

    I give it 3 stars as it was well-written, but withhold the extra 2 stars because the story was lacking.

    Hoping her third book is as good as "The Forgotten Garden"...or at least better than this one.

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    C. Arlington, MA, United States 08-04-12
    C. Arlington, MA, United States 08-04-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "pretty good; had me hooked"
    Any additional comments?

    I was very intrigued with the story line, but did not feel a particular attachment to the characters.

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    Sharee Sorenson 07-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Kate Morton is becoming one of my favorites."

    I've listened to two of her books--The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden. I enjoyed both for different reasons. The Forgotten Garden was a little more predictable but it was also a little darker, which I liked. The House at Riverton I felt was more suspenseful and mysterious. Others listeners may think the reverse.

    Kate does a fantastic job of taking the reader between present and past without creating too much confusion, I think. Excellent books. Can't wait to download the next one.

    Narration is great as well. Caroline Lee does a tremendous job.

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    Josh and Amy LEXINGTON, KY, US 07-16-12
    Josh and Amy LEXINGTON, KY, US 07-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like Downton Abbey you'll love this."

    I really loved this book. I wanted to stay in the car and keep listening. If you like Downton Abbey you will love this book. Some people didn't like the choice of narrator. I thought she did a great job.

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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 06-27-12
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Disappointment"

    After loving Kate Morton's outstanding The Forgotten Garden, I was disappointed in The House at Riverton. The book is unevenly paced; at times it is very plodding, at other times, interesting. The apex of the story is reveled right in the beginning, but it takes 19 hours of listening to get to it in the story. I am guessing that the abridged version is actually better, as hopefully the plodding parts have been cut.

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    Anne 06-23-12
    Anne 06-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Such a journey . . ."
    What did you love best about The House at Riverton?

    Well rounded story showing both sides of the social hierarchy


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seemed realistic in its portrayal of its characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the grandson finally arrives


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

    Yes


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    Krista Weston, WI, United States 06-14-12
    Krista Weston, WI, United States 06-14-12

    I want to find books that flirt with and then seduce me. I want reads with lasting power, leaving me breathless and aching for more!

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    "A serving of delicious plot points"

    Intrigue, romance, discovery, scandal. This book has a serving of delicious plot points. It wet my appetite and sustained me, but didn't quite leave me craving for a return visit. I think this may have been due to my listening to the audio rather than physically reading the book.

    There were beautiful time changes from our lead character's present day into her past, but the transitions were a bit funny in the audiobook where I think they may have been seamless in the written form. Sometimes I found it difficult to determine if I was with the character in present or reliving her memories from the past. The present day into the past method of story telling reminded me greatly of Water for Elephants, but didn't carry off as smoothly for me.

    There was enough intrigue in the plot to keep me guessing right up until the big reveal, which happened much later than I had anticipated (definitely a good thing!). I cared for the lead characters and was invested, but don't know that I'll be thinking about this book in years to come.

    I'm happy to have experience the book and encourage others who enjoy historical fiction to give it a whirl.

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    Teresa 06-06-12
    Teresa 06-06-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "A Book of all kinds"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great story. It is full of mystery and romance. The narrator makes you feel you are there. Once you start you cannot put the book down. This book enticed me to read the author's other books.


    What other book might you compare The House at Riverton to and why?

    I have not read one quite like this one.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was great. She made you feel you you were there in the book somewhere. She was great.


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

    Yes


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    Jessica Martin South Windsor, CT 06-04-12
    Jessica Martin South Windsor, CT 06-04-12 Member Since 2014

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    "I LOVED this book!"

    Whoa! I LOVE this book. The story is brilliantly written and the characters really come to life. There are SO many threads and the author weaves them together beautifully in the end. The people and places really come alive while your reading, Kate Morton did such a wonderful job with her descriptive writting. I found each character to be endearing and then disappointing in their own way and in their own time as I read this book. Some coming full circle to redeem themselves again. A dark family history full of secrets and twists. A new favorite and a MUST READ!

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