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I rate a book probably more for how it is written than for any of its other facets. I enjoy an interesting plot. I hope for well-developed characters and surprise endings. This book has it all and much, much more. On the surface, these are three stories beautifully woven into one. But there is much more. It is a story about the writing of a book of faerie tales that is a faerie tale itself. It is challenging to critique this book without giving away too much. I will just leave it to the lucky readers to discover the many wonderful aspects of this book for themselves. In short, of the last fifty books or so that I have read this year, this is one of the two very best hands down.
118 of 122 people found this review helpful
I am the kind of person who likes to read literary, "paper" books (classics, Russian lit, lit criticism) and listen to more popular, "fun" audiobooks (mysteries, historical fiction). I love to listen to a long audiobook (Wilkie Collins, Ken Follet) while driving or cleaning. One of my favorite audiobooks is "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield, and "The Forgotten Garden" is almost as good. I agree with other reviewers that it's a bit predictable, but even so, it's a sweeping, engrossing, and fun book to listen to. If you loved "The Thirteenth Tale," you will probably love "The Forgotten Garden," and so for that reason, I give it 5 stars.
117 of 121 people found this review helpful
Although this was an odd book, I enjoyed listening to it. Padded out somewhat, with a slow and sometimes ponderous delivery, the main drawback was the reader's inability to 'do' a Cornish accent, substituting instead something akin to an Irish one - and the 'Dick Van Dyke' style of cockney accent was laughable!
In recounting this unlikely, but intriguing, tale the author spans three time periods without difficulty and the tale hangs together well. If the author intended a cliff-hanger, I doubt she has achieved it, as it was easy to guess the plot from the outset.
Overall though, a good 'read'.
33 of 35 people found this review helpful
Where does The Forgotten Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This would rate as one of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far. It's the longest but totally engrossing.
What did you like best about this story?
I love the way Kate Moreton writes. She delivers the story in delicate little bits so that you can't tear yourself away. Her characters are rich and her descriptions vivid.
What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?
I've listened to other books read by Caroline Lee that were quite a different style. Caroline adapts so well to the mood of the book and does a brilliant job capturing the characters' personality in their voices.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Another breathtaking story, beautifully woven together across many decades and through many lives. A stunningly unexpected plot twist gripped me at the perfect moment in the story. Absolute perfection!
Loved the story, it kept me riveted throughout and although I normally enjoy Caroline Lees narrating, it was a trifle grating when she was trying (unsuccessfully) to do a Cornish accent, came across as part Irish part northern. Small price to pay though for a truly enjoyable book. I’m off now to purchase a couple more of Kate Morton’s books. But it, you’ll enjoy.