• The Botanist’s Daughter

  • By: Kayte Nunn
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Victorian England, headstrong adventuress Elizabeth takes up her late father's quest for a rare, miraculous plant. She faces a perilous sea voyage, unforeseen dangers and treachery that threatens her entire family. 

In present-day Australia, Anna finds a mysterious metal box containing a sketchbook of dazzling watercolours, a photograph inscribed 'Spring 1886' and a small bag of seeds. It sets her on a path far from her safe, carefully ordered life and on a journey that will force her to face her own demons. 

In this spellbinding botanical odyssey of discovery, desire and deception, Kayte Nunn has so exquisitely researched 19th-century Cornwall and Chile you can almost smell the fragrance of the flowers, the touch of the flora on your fingertips....

©2018 Kayte Nunn (P)2018 Hachette Australia

Critic Reviews

 "I was transported to the 1880s and Chile, to contemporary Sydney and Kew. A gripping, warm-hearted read." (Joy Rhoades, author of The Woolgrower's Companion

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Caroline Lee is superb! But the story not so much

I immediately buy every single audiobook that Caroline Lee narrates -- she is my all-time favorite narrator. I absolutely adore the novels by Kate Morton, Kimberley Freeman, Belinda Alexander, and some of the other Australian authors who write such gorgeous stories that weave together the past and the present. So naturally, I dove in eagerly, expecting this to be one of them. Unfortunately, it's just not. It's pretty boring. The plot moves sooooo slowly without much excitement or mystery or build-up, and the character development is weak. I wasn't enthralled with Elizabeth's story, and Anna's was just as dull. What a sad disappointment. I always feel badly giving negative reviews, but save your credit. I love Ms. Lee so much that I pushed my way through it, but ultimately, I gave up about half-way through. I just didn't care what happened, and I was completely bored. If you're looking for something similar to Kate Morton, sadly this just isn't it. And if you're a fan of Caroline Lee, wait for her next book to come out. As usual she was brilliant, yet I can't help but to wonder if she was just as bored recording this as I was reading it.

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  • JD
  • 11-17-18

Genealogical fiction not Historical fiction

I would have given this 2 stars, though it was dull, but it ended so abruptly. Jumps between stories with no historical detail.Chili 1880's, Cornwall without a coast (except the love cove). Where's the history? More like the Hallmark channel.

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Terrific book for Plant and Garden Lovers

The most memorable moment for me was in the last sentence of the book!!! I really loved the whole book...and didn't want it to be over. It was really well written and spoken. A fine book for those of us who love gardening and mysteries.

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Great story and narration

I'm so glad I didn't pay attention to some of the negative reviews and went ahead and listened to this. I loved it from beginning to end. Caroline Lee is my favorite narrator and can make any story better. Beyond that I thought the story was good.

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I didn't get the end.

I missed something. I didn't get the end. who was Jamie? But loved the story and Caroline Lee is my number 1 favorite narrator.

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Great Read

A I surprisingly good read. I was captivated the whole time and it was very unpredictable which was a nice change from many of my recent reads. Great narration by Caroline Lee!

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Great escape!

First of all I love Caroline Lee (the reader). I picked this book for that reason, it’s a great book. I loved the adventure.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Narrator fabulous

Thoroughly enjoyed this story, I'm also a massive fan of Caroline Lee. would definitely recommend this book, treat yourself...

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A great storyline and narrated by my favorite!

I enjoyed this book. I had not previously read any books by this author, and was pleasantly surprised. The story had a humorous quality about it in both past and present. Though sometimes tragic, the story constantly evolves, keeping the readers guessing. My favorite narrator, Caroline Lee does a wonderful job keeping her audiance engaged.

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A real gem

What a gem this book is!
I love the historical detail,
The characters and the mystery.

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  • Liz Pearson
  • 04-05-19

Slow to start but hang in there.....it's worth it

It was a slow book and I really struggled around the 5-6th chapter, however the story start to get better not long after that and it's a great ending. Definitely finishes with a bang!!

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  • Esther Juon Veitch
  • 02-07-20

What a great story

Most enjoyable and I could not put it down.
Wondering if there will be a next book following on from this one. I love the characters and the story is exciting too!
A great listen! Thank you!
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  • J. K. Guy
  • 09-15-20

Boring & predictable

I have tried to persevere with this title but I just can’t do it. It is boring & predictable. The narration is stilted & flat. Avoid.

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  • Dudley
  • 07-28-19

A fantastic read and listen

A wonderful story. Great plot that unfolds in unexpected ways. I just loved it & will recommend to my friends. The botanical research and story telling a delightful & interesting extra.

Thank you for a great story narrated superbly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-19

Fantastic

Really loved this book. Great story and excellent narration. I was intrigued from start to finish. highly recommended.

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  • Carolyne
  • 02-02-19

Brilliant story and performance

One. Reading error, when Anna arrives in London , at the Airbnb, the reader calls her Elizabeth.
What a truely wonderfully crafted story. A book I had to hear from cover to cover, thus missing a nights sleep and a days work. Thanks for the enjoyment

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  • Leah Rigby
  • 09-08-18

A fantastic read!

Totally loved this book. I have it in print but needed to hear the audio so I could get some work done! This story really drags you in and you never know what's coming next.

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  • Kam
  • 08-08-21

Theme

I really enjoyed this book as it gave the botanical names of the plants. The story line was one of interest as well

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  • julee latimer
  • 07-18-21

Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed the story but found the narrator s attempt at an English male voice extremely irritating, seems she conjured every stereotype of a bowler hat wearing gent from last century into a modern, London based guy. However, the info on plants and the double timeline was great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-21

Bubblegum read

This book is what I would call a 'bubblegum read' - it doesn't require a lot of attention and is something to have on in the background as it doesn't require much involvement from the reader.


The story lumbers along, the characters are fairly shallow - except for Daisy and Sofia, who should have been given more attention.

The narration is frustrating, as the narrator takes pains to enunciated every single word. If she read the book the way she read the introduction, it would've flowed much better and made the story a little less painful.

Thought this was going to be along similar lines to The Dictionary of Lost Words, sadly mistaken. It's not even in the same league.