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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (74,107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Morton Narrator: Caroline Lee Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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Nell has no idea who she is. The young woman was raised in an Australian harbor town, the daughter of the dockmaster and his wife. But on her twenty-first birthday, her father shares news that will change her life. It turns out that Nell is not her father's daughter. In fact, her father doesn't even know who she is. In 1913, when she was a small girl of only four, he found her on a wharf, abandoned and unable even to remember her own name.

Once the news has been broken to her, Nell is devastated, but unable to do anything. That is, at least, until the death of her father in 1975. After his passing, Nell receives the only remaining clues to her true identity, among them a book of fairytales. Once she receives them, a cascade of memories comes flowing quickly back to Nell. She does not know what they all mean, but she knows that the answers to her questions are to be found in England.

As Nell works to connect the dots to her past, she learns that the author of her fairytale book may have some information for her. But just as she is drawing near the end of her journey, an unexpected obstacle blocks the path. And so begins the story of The Forgotten Garden, a century-long tale of searching for the mysteries which the past holds.

Kate Morton is an Australian author who has achieved international acclaim with several of her novels. A native of Tamborine Mountain, Morton is a graduate of both Trinity College London and Queensland University. She is currently working toward a PhD which focuses in contemporary novels which marry gothic and mystery literature. Her husband Davin is a jazz musician and composer. Together they have two children, and live in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington.

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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 2/13/2014

    " Kate Morton is a good story teller, but the plot was predictable from the beginning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 2/11/2014

    " I read this book when I was 12 and I didn't do anything for the 4 days it took me to read it. It's brilliant and deceptive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Kelly | 2/9/2014

    " Great story that takes place through several generations and continents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Rowland | 2/8/2014

    " Compelling story of a young woman seeking her past, spanning 2 continents; enough intrigue to keep the plot moving forward, with interesting twists and turns. Recommend as a good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/5/2014

    " This book engages your attention by allowing the story to slowly unfold from three different vantage points. While I enjoyed the technique of the book, I thought it was a bit too drawn out and the conclusion to the mystery too obvious. You knew where it was going, so it was a bit melodramatic to draw it out so long. The actions of a couple key characters didn't resonate with me. Nell, for example. Her rejection of her family simply didn't make sense, and Eliza's willingness to do anything for Rose was bit overdone. That said, I read this quickly and enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 2/3/2014

    " I'm not sure I'm going to finish this one. It has taken me 2 weeks to get to page 220, just because it's a bit un exciting. Don't get me wrong, it's a "nice" story so far but to keep me entertained I need something I can sink my teeth into a bit more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Barrett | 2/2/2014

    " Just finished the forgotten garden. Excellent book. The story is well written. A little slow at times, but the depth of character and the different times could have left you confused but Morton's story is so well crafted that I could follow it all. The complexity of the plot is why I give 5 stars. Just when I thought I may have figured out what the author was hinting, it would go a different way. This book even references "The Secret Garden" at one point, which I wondered by the title if this story was some sort of rehash, but it really wasn't. Her fairy tales are so well written. So much going on here and all it done masterfully. I usually don't give 5 stars, but the world that she created deserved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen Triolo | 1/27/2014

    " Too much! I read this for my book club, otherwise I may not have finished it. I think that the author tried to cram too much into one book - fairy tales, generations of sad women, mystery, etc. etc..... I just wanted one character to have a happy life. Not too much to ask after reading 500 plus pages. There were also too many coincidences and things (and people) showing up at exactly the right time. If you suspend disbelief, it will be easier to get through this depressing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Ensor | 1/26/2014

    " Very enticing! Couldn't put it down, love a good mystery! I wish it wasn't over :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R.B. | 1/17/2014

    " Thought-provoking and mysterious "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 12/10/2013

    " Interesting. A bit too long for me, just as I was beginning to like them it was over "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martine Sansoucy | 12/1/2013

    " Absolutely loved this book! The characters, scene, story line and twists of the plot held my interest until the very end. I recommended it to many others who also read it and became instant fans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Anne | 11/29/2013

    " A little slow start for me as the author had to develop the characters. Once that passed, it was easy for me to finish the book. I did, however, have an idea as to how the ending was going to turn out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mona | 10/25/2013

    " A little slow in the beginning. But as the story took on some momentum I couldn't stop reading it. Loved the characters and how the story weaves in and out of the present and past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dulce | 10/17/2013

    " Magical story full of mystery. Love the way the story is told going back and forth in time between 3 generations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 9/21/2013

    " Wow, an amazing read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cari | 9/20/2013

    " I loved the secret garden growing up so I think that's where the fondness for this book grows from. Plus, I get lost in historical settings of long ago places filled with intrigue. This book is a bit longer than it needed to be, I enjoyed the tour of four generations and their family secrets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Miller | 9/4/2013

    " Now that I'm used to Kate Morton's back and forth style (The Secret Keeper) between time periods, I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait to read House at Riverton! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Foster | 7/10/2013

    " Loved this book! I enjoyed how the author traveled between the lives and eras of three generations to unravel the story. As a lover of Fairy Tales, the fairy tales intertwined with the plot were delightful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 6/22/2013

    " Wow! Great book, I never guessed what the ending was! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heatherd0584 | 6/20/2013

    " This is a fantastic book. I loved the whole thing. it was so mysterious. Kate Morton wound a very intriguing tale of love, betrayal, sadness, and mystery. I couldn't put it down. I read it on a plane trip and only put it down when i had too. You must read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 5/30/2013

    " I loved this book. I struggled with the first few chapters but after that I was hooked. I would recommend this book to everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 4/21/2013

    " Liked it until the last fifth of the book, when like turned to love. Well written and interesting. I love how Morten jumped around in time and fed me a little bit at a time. Stellar book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Paupst | 3/21/2013

    " Mesmerizing from page 1 to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Kelly | 1/10/2013

    " was like reading 3 novels. very engaging never got bored with it despite it's length. loved the characters and I always like a mystery and a tidy ending. I did figure out the big secret long before the big reveal however but it was fascinating reading it unfold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Lusby | 11/20/2012

    " LOVED this book! Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Werner | 9/21/2012

    " This was a pretty interesting book. At first the time changes are confusing, however after the first few chapters, it becomes fluid and easy to follow. Great mystery spanning over 100 years! Great book, a d a spectacular winters night recommendation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey Markt | 8/16/2012

    " Fun characters and shifting point of view. It was overall a fun read, but nothing that will stay with me, I think. The only thing about it that I didn't like was that it was difficult to keep track of which characters knew what. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessamyn Ayers | 4/12/2012

    " The story never grabbed me. It seemed like a shell-game representation of The House of Riverton--same basic elements just under a different name. I found myself unattached to any of the characters and unmotivated to go through the whole story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trevor Shane | 12/12/2011

    " Sprawling and fascinating, with amazing characters. My only critique is that (SPOILER ALERT), I expected the mystery to amount to more but that's how life works sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Hall | 12/8/2011

    " Read this a while ago and loved it. Forgot I read it and downloaded it again....boo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorie Whiteley | 9/10/2011

    " It is a story to get lost in. Beautifully written. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amychamberlain | 5/23/2011

    " Kind of okay, but kind of bleah. And I usually like books about interesting forms of magic. It all just felt contrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 5/23/2011

    " LOVED this! It was April's bookclub choice and I am just finishing it. It ran along the lines of "The Secret Garden" but was so much more.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 5/23/2011

    " An unrelenting epic that takes you through time and generations to finally reveal what happened to the main character. Super addictive, I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindseyandrick | 5/23/2011

    " Loved this book! The suspence killed me...but really made for a great story. I love that Kate Morton can somehow make an awesome story out of the past, present and future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dodi | 5/22/2011

    " The story of several generations of family and how they found their way back to their roots and the truth.This book really grabbed me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 5/22/2011

    " Interesting story, enjoyed the characterization and bouncing between voices and times. Felt the Authoress was painted into a corner and while displeased by the ending felt there was little room for it to go any other way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/22/2011

    " Delightful read for women...reminds you of the Secret Garden, which Morton ties in with the author Burnett visiting the setting. I would give the book more stars but the some of the subplots were predictable and obvious. Definitely will try another one of Morton's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/22/2011

    " Fantastic read! Love the multiple narrators and the shift in time and place. Morton's story of a woman looking to unravel the mystery of her grandmother leaves you turning pages until the very end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/22/2011

    " I really liked this book - probably as Cheryl said in a previous review, it didn't beat me to pulp along the way. It was nice just to read a really good story. It had some good twists and turns, and I enjoyed the three stories happening at the same time - it connected all three lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 5/22/2011

    " Awesome book. Big time creative talent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 5/21/2011

    " Loved this book. Heroine searches across the generations for the identity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleisa | 5/20/2011

    " Liked it a lot. Part "The Secret Garden" for grown-ups, part mystery, part romance, part historical fiction. So what's not to like? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dara | 5/20/2011

    " Absolutely delicious story. One of my favorites ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 5/20/2011

    " A very good read, kept me interested throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/20/2011

    " Was worth reading; however I found it to be a bit cumbersome in trying to remember "who's who." There were lots of names at random times. "

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