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The Forgotten Garden Audiobook

The Forgotten Garden

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Publisher's Summary

A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, a maze, an aristocratic family, a love denied, a mystery - The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric, and a compulsive listen about the past, ghosts, family, and memories from best-selling author Kate Morton.

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra's life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace Rutherford - the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early 20th century - as well as a cliff-top cottage on the other side of the world, Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell, on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.

©2008 Kate Morton; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

What the Critics Say

"This debut page-turner...recounts the crumbling of a prominent British family as seen through the eyes of one of its servants....Morton triumphs with a riveting plot, a touching but tense love story and a haunting ending." (Publishers Weekly)

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    jannie 08-21-12
    jannie 08-21-12
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    "GREAT TWISTS AND TURNS"
    Where does The Forgotten Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of top books. Would listen to or read more than once. Seldom do I find a book that merits that action as I have little time in which to repeat anything.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Foundations of each character well established in an attention-gripping way.


    If you could rename The Forgotten Garden, what would you call it?

    "Memories and Twists of Three Generations"


    Any additional comments?

    First of Kate Morton's writings I have read and have already gotten more for future reading and/or listening. Not many authors have made me immediately follow with another novel written by them.

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    Diane 08-18-12
    Diane 08-18-12 Member Since 2017

    Diane

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    "stellar"

    Amazing story. Brilliant writing. Just perfect. Will definitely read the rest of her work.

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    forever listening 08-18-12
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    "Hopeful"

    Although melancholy seemingly permeates in many of the characters and plot lines, I didn't feel that emotion at all when listening. Even in the conclusion, though you wish life would've been happier for Eliza, there's hope that sadness and regret will be forever put aside in the lives of Casandra and Christian....and new life given to the secret garden.
    The fairy tales were a wonderful touch to a beautifully written novel & the beauty of Eliza's spirit lives on in them. The performance gave just the right tone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy EUGENE, OR, United States 08-18-12
    Amy EUGENE, OR, United States 08-18-12
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    "Great story and narration"

    A unique story that travels back and forth in time to reveal a familial mystery that two women, who are related (grandmother and grand daughter), are trying to solve. The reader is privy to the past (the mystery) via the author giving pieces of the story from early 1900's that the two women are trying to piece together (grandmother in 1975 and granddaughter in 2005). I have literally gotten goosebumps from listening to the story, which doesn't happen much to me. The author is very clever in how the story/mystery unwinds and in the pieces she threads out. I like the blend of the fairy/fantastical world, as well. Highly recommended.

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    Rosemary 08-16-12
    Rosemary 08-16-12
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    "An experience of a life time"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Garden the most enjoyable?

    Both the story and the excellent narration how does Caroline make all the characters all so alive and different?


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

    All


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

    I did not want it to stop


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    Lorinda 08-13-12
    Lorinda 08-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyable story"

    Enjoyed this story and the narrator was pleasant to listen to. Loved the descriptions of the English maze and garden.

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    Aimee Grain Valley, MO, United States 08-06-12
    Aimee Grain Valley, MO, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2017
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    "One of my Favorite Books"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has so many twists and turns it really kept me on my toes. I didn't want to stop listening. The women in this book all have hardships, just in different ways, and they affected their lives differently because of the time difference. What would be a trial for Rose or Eliza would not be for Cassandra. I have already listened to this twice, just to make sure I didn't miss anything!


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    Kira Connecticut, USA 07-30-12
    Kira Connecticut, USA 07-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Read!!"
    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    Now that I'm aware of all the twists, I would probably not read it again, but I thoroughly enjoyed it this first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

    I always love surprises and The Forgotten Garden has many throughout its pages.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nell's parentage was revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    It can get a little confusing because the point of view keeps changing between time periods and characters. Sometimes I needed to take a short break and remind myself of the various relationships. Also, there were a couple of loose ends that were never resolved, and I wish they had been.

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    Melanie Cass Lake, MN, United States 07-23-12
    Melanie Cass Lake, MN, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A story like a woven tapestry"
    If you could sum up The Forgotten Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Fairy tale mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was beautifully written, a tapestry of lives woven together over a century. It was full of pain and discovery. The story unravels itself slowly, becoming more and less complicated in turns and coming to a shocking end.


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

    I've never listened to this reader before, but she has talent, a voice made soft or gruff as required. She made me envision an old man and a little girl and everything in between.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Forgotten Garden and why?

    There's no question that Eliza was the most memorable character. She was strong yet vulnerable, alive yet always unfulfilled. Like Nell she never reaches her goal, but in the end it doesn't matter.


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    Jodi Langley, WA, United States 07-17-12
    Jodi Langley, WA, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hauntingly beautiful story and performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I am in love with this story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kate Morton strings her words together in such a way that at times you just do not want to let the sentence or paragraph go, so beautiful are they. Over and over again I would go back a bit, just to hear them again and I cannot imagine anyone performing them better than Caroline Lee. Truly breathtaking.


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

    Haven't yet, but definitely will.


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

    Eliza, of course! She would bring a lot to the table.


    Any additional comments?

    My new favorite audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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