The only reason I kept on with this book is that I was doing outside labor and it was better than nothing. I also hate to delete a book I have paid for so I kept on. Then came the actual story.
Why this author had to drag out the first 2/3rds I don't know. Could I say it was worth the time to get to the last 1/3rd? I'm not sure, but it was fascinating. I had no idea of the ending and the ending was so.....great.
Obviously, my review is mixed. Am I glad I read this book? Yes I am. Would I read another by this author? I think I would try one more.
As I got closer to the end, it was more and more interesting. I didn't want to turn it off and I wasn't disappointed.
I rated the story itself as a 4 star but know you are in for a long and draggy beginning and middle.
Avid Audiobook listener. Mostly like historical fiction or contemporary mystery/suspense.
The book starts our very slow and not until you're halfway through do you start to realize the plot is moving. Its not until the last couple of hours did I figure it out and even then had some good surprises. My favorite Kate Morton book so far!
I would recommend the book but not the audio book. The dialects performed by Miss Lee were awful. It was completely distracting and difficult to listen to. I am British and may have high standards, but have never been so annoyed. I have listened to other Books performed by this Actress and they were excellent while she was in her native Australian or Standard British which was passible. This Book incorporated northern dialects which ended up sounding like some odd combination or Irish and Cockney, thoroughly grating and annoying. I had to stop listening several times in frustration but returned because of the draw of the story it self. The story is quite compelling, if a little predictable. The Hidden Garden was much better as a book and Lee's narration was easier and more forgivable as the main character in the that book is in fact Australian.
I will avoid any performance Miss Lee has incorporating British Dialects. I will however seek out her Austrailian book, as she is a compelling narrator, just terrible at most British dialects.
I should have just read it.
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I have listened to all Kate Morton's books twice, with about a year in between readings. Much of the reason is due to the brilliant narration by Caroline Lee. I LOVE listening to her. I'd be happy if she stopped by and read the want ads out loud. But great narration is nothing without good material. Morton always delivers intriguing characters, many who have my same worries, wants, and wishes. The twist in this book that comes near the end made me laugh. I don't know...maybe someone a tad smarter might have figured it out. But I didn't. When the twist became clear, I found myself thinking how brilliant Morton is.
You name it...women I can relate to, an intricate story that spans WWII to the present, old secrets...and Caroline Lee to read it all to me. Perfection.
As an avid reader who is now legally blind and unable to read hard copy books, I am dependent upon narrators to bring the story alive for me. Caroline Lee does this with award winning aplumb. She has a beautiful voice, and knows how to craft it in order to define each character. Yet she keeps her own voice--I really hate it when female narrators strain to voice male characters--and when male narrators falsely voice women. It ends up being inauthentic as well as annoying. But Lee seems to know this and reads with truth and beauty.
I finished it in about three days. I was not initially drawn into the book as much as with Morton's previous books, but I became hooked soon eneough.
Morton brings gothic sensibilites to a modern mystery spanning sixty years. She is a masater of her craft. And, as I've already said, I'd listen to anything from Caroline Lee.
Yes - knowing how it turns out I found pay more attention to the foretelling elements.
Vivianne, her character is shrouded by the ways others perceive her.
My Mother's Daughter.
I enjoyed the history & the mystery but man o man - this book needs to be edited down. Way too many details which did not add to the storyline what so ever. Do I need to know what the Librarian looks like? Do I need to know the specifics of the precise reaction of a child which is completely unimportant to the story? Wow. It was brutal at times just getting through this story. Could have been 2-3hours less time with editing. If the same point can be made by editing something down - that's good writing.
Individuals who enjoy the minute details.
Cut about five hours off of the audio book. I felt like I was beat over the head with same premise or concept.
She spoke so s l o w l y. While I know it was for emphasis, this combined with the excruciating pace of the book made me want to scream "Get to the Point" by chapter 20
I would have cut about 3/4 of the smoking scenes. I sort of feel like I have been exposed to second hand smoke. Almost every scene with at least two characters started with them smoking --either lighting a cigarette, inhaling or putting one out. Then every action of the characters had to be described. As they inhaled, as they crossed their legs, as they walked the floor. There were no simple scenes--each one had to be fraught with meaning.
I enjoyed the Lake House by this author. I read it, not listened to it. And I thought it was slow going at times, but this book was filled so much filler. I doubt I'll listen to another book by this author
Absolutely! I enjoyed this audio so much! Twists and turns and tons of love.
the twist at the end!
highly recommend this book!
I absolutely connected with the characters and the muti-generational perspectives. I've been and had that teenager and now have been and had that older adult.
I loved the clearly enunciated reading with a delicious Irish lilt. Though a bit lengthy, this book sometimes kept me up listening till 4:00 a'm.! The surprises didn't stop comin'. This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in war, love and loss, and above all the endurance of the human spirit.