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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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    Nonni4hlk 11-11-12
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    To keep this review short & sweet I will just say...I highly recommend this book. It has mystery, romance, intrigue, dirty little secrets, happy times & sad times; all in all a great "listen"!!!

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    shirley perth, Australia 11-08-12
    shirley perth, Australia 11-08-12
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    boring, hate narrators voice. waste of a credit. tried more than once but not enjoying

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    Carrie Independence, MO, United States 11-07-12
    Carrie Independence, MO, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Storyline jumped around"
    What would have made The Forgotten Garden better?

    Storyline jumped from past to present back to past. Hard to keep up with story


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    Julie 11-05-12
    Julie 11-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    This was the second time I read The Forgotten Garden. I read it over a year ago. Then my book club picked it for this months read. The author puts so much into her story and stories within the main story, it is better to read it twice to truly understand the characters. I am just amazed at how she wove it all together.


    What other book might you compare The Forgotten Garden to and why?

    The Outlander by Diana Garabaldon


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

    No I haven't.


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    Mokhe 10-30-12
    Mokhe 10-30-12
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    "Surprised"
    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Kate Morton’s story?

    It was horribly cliché. I was very disappointed after all the good reviews I read. I frequently stopped listening because the bile rose in my throat and finally I could take no more.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe more than 2 accents. Every character sounded the same.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed. I was hoping I would find something epic and romantic, like Outlander (based on the reviews). It fell far short.


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    Linda H. 10-29-12
    Linda H. 10-29-12
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    "Wonderful book and narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Forgotten Garden to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


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

    The description of the scenes at the end of the book of finding the family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several were favorites. I liked the experience in the cafe in AK.


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

    Yes and almost did.


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    Carol 10-28-12
    Carol 10-28-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a page turner. The transition between the three stories was fluid. The addition of the delightful fairytails was a wonderful touch. It spans four generations begining with a sea journey. The stories contain the innocent heroine, each have a villain and the savior who in some of the stories has a convolted role. Although you think you have it all figured out, Kate Morton develops multiple new thread you hadn't anticipated.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    She gave a very good performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved how the symbolism in the fairytails intertwined with the characters

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    Donna Dinkel 10-17-12
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    "Hours of enjoyment"
    Where does The Forgotten Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook ranks very high on my list of favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the story moved forward as it changed from early 1900s to 1975 to 2005.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Caroline Lee made the story come alive with her accent and voice changes for the characters.


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

    No, I listened to it during my lengthly commute to and from work, and enjoyed the anticipation of continuing the story each day.


    Any additional comments?

    I had not previously read or listened to any novels by Kate Morton. The Secret Garden caught my attention and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I will listen to other audiobooks by her.

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    Amazon Customer 10-11-12
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    "GREAT BOOK!"

    I don't typically write reviews, but this book is incredible. Just when I thought I had figured everything out, my theories were shot to pieces. Could not stop listening!

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    Eileen Carlsbad, CA, United States 10-02-12
    Eileen Carlsbad, CA, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Seeking Becomes Finding"
    If you could sum up The Forgotten Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Who am I?


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

    Finding, on her 21 birthday, that she was a foundling and not a birth child or even an adopted one, was Nell's undoing. Feeling abandoned by her birth parents, Nell in turn disconnects from the family who loved and raised her to adulthood. From foundling to floundering, Nell struggles for some sense of identity. In the Epilogue, as she lay dying, she hears Cassandra, the granddaughter who will unravel all the mystery and intrigue of Nell's true identity, call her, "Grandma." In her final moment, Nell finds solidity in that name above all others. In that realization, Nell's greatest doubt is resolved. "Yes, I am loved."


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

    Caroline Lee's voice was so varied, often juggling two or three characters in a scene, I just loved the interactions, with each character so distinct and real, and easily recognizable.


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

    I would love to be with Eliza Makepeace as she unveils over dinner a new story, reading from her handwritten pages.


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