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The Lake House

Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented 14-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure....

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined, leaving their estate as empty as their broken hearts.

Nearly 60 years later, having enjoyed a long, successful career as an author, Alice is now 80 years old and living in London. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbours a suspicion as to the culprit.

Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate - now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is spellbinding and satisfying.

©2015 Kate Morton (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"Morton excels at creating absorbing mystery." ( People)
"Morton is the master of the atmospheric old-fashioned novel packed with enough stories to fill all the worn satchels in the Milderhurst attic." ( Bookpage)
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Accents

It's such a great pity that a great book has been ruined by the accents that the narrator has tried without success to mimic! It would have been much better to have found a person from the UK to narrate this book. Or not try to mimic the various accents at all. It spoils the overall feel of the story. I have to be honest, such a wonderful story though.

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What is that accent thing all about?!

I'm still listening, and really enjoying the story, but the accents are bizarre, to say the least! The attempt at a Cornish accent is in fact more like some sort of Scottish/Irish pirate mash up!
There is also some weird mockney in their too - dropping Ts randomly appears to be the general approach there.
I've listened to a few audio books narrated by this woman, and they're great, but those required her native Australian accent.
This is torture, and it's really detracting from the story for me.

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A grating experience

What disappointed you about The Lake House?

Another supposedly easy listen ruined by dreadful narration. Why, oh why, does this narrator insist on attempting regional accents of which she is so blatantly uninformed? In this recording we have efforts at Scottish (I know only because the character's origin is detailed), what I imagine is meant to be the West Country, and London, all mangled, often mixed, and with some of the most excruciating mauling of vowels I have ever heard. All this with undertones of an Australian lilt. If the story warranted it I would buy the print version instead. Alas, it doesn't.

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Got me through 2 X long haul flights

I was gripped from the first chapter. Great characters, an in depth story with twists and turns. I like the way the author lets the reader into the secret before the detective. I listened on a return flight from London to Singapore and it certainly helped the long journey, I couldn't wait to find out what happened.

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Worth persevering with

Really poor choice of narrator and wandering storyline for the first half of the book made me nearly return it several times. As usual with this author, the story covers two time periods, which I like. However, in this book some strands were muddled, making the storyline very difficult to follow at times. It may be clearer if reading rather than listening. The final third of the book really improved and was Kate Morton at her best, so it is worth persevering with.
The narration really does not fit, behind an antipodes not with the most awful accents. But if you can look past this, you will have a rewarding journey.

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Wonderful

I loved this book, wonderfully descriptive and honest. I'm going to miss the characters in the story, which is always the sign of a good book.

Beautifully read too, thank you for making my morning walks so enjoyable.

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Great story, shame about the narration

This was a great story, I did see one or two of the plot twists coming, but it was still very enjoyable.

I have listened to books narrated by Caroline Lee before and she has a great voice and a lovely way of speaking. Unfortunately, she is not very good at British accents. Some were all right, others were quite painful to endure and really detracted from the story for me as I was more focused on that than the story.

I would still recommend the book overall if you can bear the dreadful approximation of a Cornish accent then it's well worth a listen.

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So Laborious - and as for the narration...!!!

This must be one of the most leaden books I have ever read/listened to. It seemed to go on for ever, and was weighed down by waffle and trivial, uninteresting, side stories.
It was the end of chapter 28 (out of 36) before it started to get interesting. The final two chapters were wonderful, but the book could have been halved in length and had the same effect.
Think it will be some time before I attempt another Kate Morton story.

Now for the narration. Struggling for words, but truly shocking are the first that come to mind.
I understand that the publishers, and the author, are Australian, which I suppose is the reason you chose an Australian narrator, but the book is set in England, and you're selling to a British market, so why on earth didn't you use a British narrator who could "do" regional accents??
We had a Scottish cook, a northern police officer and a Cornish grandad, all with the most teeth grindingly awful accents I've ever heard.
Then half way through, the accents were all forgotten, and it was a straight read in the narrators own accent. (Think Dick Van Dyke trying be a Cockney in the Mary Poppins film and you're halfway there with the awfulness).
I feel truly relieved to have finished this "experience", and hope that this feedback reaches the publishers in the hope that future books won't be completely ruined by poor narration, as this one has.

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Brilliant but oh! The narrator terrible

Incredible talent. The book had me reaching always for the next page. It amazes me that the author can imagine so many different personalities into a real person. At 1st the book was hard to get into, as time-frames & sub stories changed often. But in the end as the author penned in 1 chapter "strands are plaited" to form a rich tapestry of a story where every character & their life are so well known. I couldn't understand why Audible chose an Oz narrator for a quintessentially British story??. I went on line & discovered Kate Morton is Australian; so I guess that had much to do with the choice. The Oz accent really ruined some of the ambience of the whole book for me. But on the whole I would recommend this book 100%- just probably better to buy it in print.

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Book spoilt by reader

What did you like best about The Lake House? What did you like least?

Unfortunately this was a story set in England and the reader who came from New Zealand??had the most terrible Cornish accent and talked about Anthony as An-thon-y which is the American pronunciation. It continued to irritate throughout the book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Different reader and far fetched ending.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Lee?

Anyone with a good Cornish accent where most of the book was set.

Was The Lake House worth the listening time?

Just about

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Expanding circles of intrigue

How can a book be so dense and so light to listen to, at the same time? Kate Morton manages to pull us in with little swirls here and whirlwinds there, all the while deepening the plot and deepening the characters and relationships, and deepening our interest and investment in the outcomes, with an entirely satisfying and surprising denouement.

Having enjoyed another of Morton's Audibles, I saved this one for a 17 hour road trip with my husband. The miles flew, as did the conversation between us. He really appreciates such considered descriptive writing, I get caught up in the rich use of language, unexpected verbs that express mood as well as content, and innovative ways with old words. The story itself kept unfolding new layers and threads, connections and complexity, all coming together like a multi-coloured, multi-layered, well-rooted lotus and the fare is elegantly delicious.