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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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    Rosetta Berbes 06-02-12 Member Since 2007
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    Where does The Forgotten Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I usually listen to thrillers but decided to change my pace and was well rewarded.


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

    When I found out who Nell's mother was.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I fell in love with so many of the characters, its hard to choose a single scene.


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

    Eliza with the way she touched so many lives.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little skeptical when I first downloaded this novel but have thoroughly enjoyed it. The mystery of Nell's past kept me listening longer than I should have at times:o)

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    ficklepearl 05-28-12
    ficklepearl 05-28-12 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A fairy tale mixed with a mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Garden the most enjoyable?

    Loved Caroline Lee's narration of this story. Perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stop listening to this wonderful story with its twists and turns. A magnificent tale that weaves its way through past and present and mixes fairy tale and mystery together in a magical way. Wonderful character development and descriptive narrative. Great listen! I highly recommend it!

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    Margaret Virginia Beach, VA, United States 05-20-12
    Margaret Virginia Beach, VA, United States 05-20-12
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    "Loved it!!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    Yes!!!! So engaging!!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the different time periods. Not hard to follow!


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

    Eliza


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a credit plus!!!!!

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    Janet Allen, TX, United States 05-18-12
    Janet Allen, TX, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2016

    I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!

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    "Engrossing and unexpectedly exciting"

    This is my first exposure to the work of Kate Morton, and what a find! A sweeping, multi-generational tale of love, envy, loss, etc: all the things you expect in a big family saga. BUT...the plot twists, character development and cross-era delivery kept me in constant anticipation of the next revelation - for more than 20 hours! The story turns came right up until the very last moment. When not listening, I was thinking about the story and the characters and looking forward to the next "listen." Caroline Lee does a great job with all the British accents, a fair job with the Australian ones, but is a bit hopeless with American dialects. Not important enough to deter any listener.

    All in all, one of the most satisfying experiences ever in listening.

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    Erica 05-18-12
    Erica 05-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "This was a great read"

    I was browsing online suggestions and came across this - what a find! I loved this story, the reader and would highly recommend it.

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    Alexandra Chicago, IL, United States 05-10-12
    Alexandra Chicago, IL, United States 05-10-12
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    "A bit sappy, but an intriguing story"

    Not my usual kind of thing, but I enjoyed the mystery. A little maudlin and very derivative of "The Secret Garden." Definitely escapist, good for vacation.

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    ferngarden Newton, NJ 05-02-12
    ferngarden Newton, NJ 05-02-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A wonderful story"

    Sometimes you read a book and don't want it to end. I found myself savoring ever last moment.

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    suzanne 04-30-12
    suzanne 04-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A new classic"

    I just couldn't stop listening. It's so well written with all the generations easily folloowed.

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    Anonymous! 04-26-12
    Anonymous! 04-26-12
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    "Nice little read"
    What did you love best about The Forgotten Garden?

    Love is too strong a word, but I enjoyed the characters.


    If you???ve listened to books by Kate Morton before, how does this one compare?

    This is one of her better ones.


    What about Caroline Lee???s performance did you like?

    She has a delightful voice. One of my favorite narrators.


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    Ariel 04-22-12
    Ariel 04-22-12
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    "Wish the first half was not so boring"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Im not sure why the author chose to make the characters so unsympathetic at first- I really didn't feel any interest for them or their story at all and they annoyed me. The second half of the story takes on a more interesting turn; it introduces a new time and place, and some part of me was interested enough to listen through to the end. The story is somewhat redundant, and there is a big "reveal" which the reader sees coming for miles, so it is boring to listen to the characters muddling through the mystery. I found myself rolling my eyes at this book frequently.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Sort of a boring performance. Accents weren't great.


    Was The Forgotten Garden worth the listening time?

    sigh. Don't think so.


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