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The Secret Keeper Audiobook

The Secret Keeper

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Publisher's Summary

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s 90th birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting, and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

©2012 Kate Morton (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    GBoydRN Knoxville TN 01-30-13
    GBoydRN Knoxville TN 01-30-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Take me back in time..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    The incredible soothing and remarkably variable reading voice of Caroline Lee that gave life perfectly to Kate Morton's characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character build up, their hopes, dreams, and flaws entangled together with the unexpected beautiful flow of varying timeline where mysteries and secrets lay hidden for us readers to find.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Her voice characterization of each individual person in the story is remarkable! She gave each character a voice I never thought can be done by a single reader!


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

    Definitely! Most of the time, after parking my car in our garage, I would sit there listening to the audiobook refusing to believe I have to wait another time to drive so I can have the chance to listen to it more.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now an official fan of both Ms. Kate Morton and Ms. Caroline Lee! I will continue to acquire their partnership on audiobooks...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Londonderry, NH, United States 01-29-13
    Marilyn Londonderry, NH, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story -"
    Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better books I've listened to. I couldn't wait to get back to my car to find out what would happen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how it went back and forth in time, following the story from different perspectives. I loved the characters.


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

    Caroline Lee was very good reading this story. Her accent is nice, and easy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mendolynne 01-29-13
    mendolynne 01-29-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Morton outdoes herself"

    Am a fervent Kate Morton fan. Loved The Forgotten Garden, was entranced with The House at Riverton (aka Shifting Fog) and the Distant Hours, but the Secret Keeper has become my favorite. The narration by Caroline Lee was as cozy and comfortable as ever. Her voice bringing the various eras to life in vivid color, at times black and white. She would be a charm reading anyone to a calm and peaceful sleep. But during the day, when I listened, she kept me totally enthralled with the myriad of twists and turns of the story.

    Morton's ability to draw the listener reader to empathy, even affection for all her characters flawed, all so human, and to disgust with her duplicitous cads, is amazing. Know this is weird, but narrator Caroline Lee did yelling and whispers really well. Been listening to books since the 80's and that's surprisingly important! Look forward to Kate Morton's next novel.

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    Pamela 01-28-13
    Pamela 01-28-13
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    "I loved it!"
    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    The story was engaging. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    The end was a fantastic surprise!


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

    I loved the whole family!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan J. Ritter virginia 01-28-13
    Megan J. Ritter virginia 01-28-13 Member Since 2017

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    "not my cup of tea"
    What would have made The Secret Keeper better?

    I was not able to get into the story. I was hung up by the accent of the narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Kate Morton’s story?

    I was expecting a differrent story with more depth.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JMR 01-27-13
    JMR 01-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Exceptional!"
    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    I loved this story. This is my favorite since Harry Potter! The author was creative and had a twist at the end that was fantastic! The narrators voice was wonderful!


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

    First time listening to Caroline Le.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good story; so refreshing to have a story for women that combines history with the current times. British Literature is a favorite of mine.
    I enjoy female literature that's wholesome as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JPisme Florida 01-26-13
    JPisme Florida 01-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Beautiful Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would and have recommended this book. It kept me interested and wanting to get back to listening as soon as I could.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the historical setting and the twists and turns the story took. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, everything would change.


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    P. Terrington 01-25-13

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    "Strange narration"
    What did you like best about The Secret Keeper? What did you like least?

    The story was absorbing and the characters interesting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I've no idea what the narrator was doing. Her accent seemed to change continually, sometimes half way through a sentence. She couldn't control it at all. She sounded posh English, West Indian, Irish, bad Cockney, some kind of generic working class, generic rural etc. This wasn't for specific characters but just all over the place.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank goodness the story was strong enough to withstand the narrator's strangeness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki Margate, FL, United States 01-24-13
    Nikki Margate, FL, United States 01-24-13
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    "Best read!!!"
    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    The story has so many twists and turns that just when you think you've figured it out, it takes you around another corner. One of the best books I've read in a while. Love the war-time setting, the threads that span across generations and the many relatable themes.


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    Lauren United States 01-24-13
    Lauren United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "My favorite Kate Morton so far"

    This was such a rich, warm, engrossing story. I ADORED the twists at the end. SUch a satisfying ending to a wonderfully written book.

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