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Summary

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.

Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.

Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent 20s, The Shifting Fog is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.

An alternate title for this novel is The House at Riverton.

©2006 Kate Morton (P)2006 Kate Morton

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Slow in places

Not quite sure about this one. I enjoyed it but had it not been for a reasonably satisfactory ending I would have only given it 3 stars. It was very slow in places and I didn't quite see the the need for so much of the present time. The whole story was about a previous era. I could have done with much smaller amounts of the present day. All in all an ok listen but couldn't heartily recommend it

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • sandy, beds, United Kingdom
  • 19-06-14

Needs editing

What was most disappointing about Kate Morton’s story?

The first part of the story set in a large country house was interesting and kept me listening. However once the story moved to London the bordom set in and by the end I really hoped all the characters met an unpleasant painful death.

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

Grace the maid.

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

The description of life below stairs pre 1914.

Any additional comments?

The most boring book I have ever listened to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire
  • Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
  • 13-07-18

Not the best

Totally love Kate Morton, but this really isn't her best. Sorry, wanted to love it but it fell very short.

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Story ok narrator not so good.

I didn't like the narrators Australian accent she tried to do upper class British & working class accents & it just didn't work so spoiled the book for me. Her story telling & pace were fine, the accent was just so wrong for such a British book.

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Absorbing tale

Love Morton's stories, this one is no exception, well researched and gets the mood so right. You feel like you are watching all as it unfolds.

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Gripping tale

This took me through the period and events of the time effortlessly. Loved it a lot .

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Good listening

Good story well read. Characters well interpreted. Like this authors books. will be looking out for more of same.

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  • Karen
  • 22-12-13

Alternate title for "The House at Riverton"

Where does The Shifting Fog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Unfortunately hadn't realized "The Shifting Fog" is the same / alternate title for "The House at Riverton." Great book / wonderful narration but wish Audible had indicated that I had already purchased the same book under an alternate title.

39 of 42 people found this review helpful

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  • Tiffany
  • 07-08-13

Enjoying Kate Morton's books very much

I've listened to all of her books on audible and this was my second favorite, though a little more dark than the rest.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Gdngrl
  • 13-03-16

Just what I needed after Downton Abbey. ..

This was a great British mystery after watching Downton Abbey and being very disappointed that it ended. I enjoyed the story completely and wish this author had more books, I've read them all so far.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lazeth
  • 13-01-13

Intriging

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Intriguing storyline that makes you want to keep listening

What other book might you compare The Shifting Fog to and why?

Any Kate Morton book.

If you could take any character from The Shifting Fog out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Grace - she held so many secrets. I don't think dinner would make her talk!! Maybe she will talk about the downstair,

Any additional comments?

Interestingly, The House at Riverton is EXACTLY the same book - just a different title.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • 10-09-12

The Shifting Fog

I love long, wandering stories that are well-read. Caroline Lee is wonderful, and the story is very nice. This is my second Kate Morton book, both having been read by Caroline Lee. Even though they are long, it's always sad when they end.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • 23-09-13

My Favorite Book by Kate Morton!

What did you love best about The Shifting Fog?

The story of the past ... a past painstakingly researched and communicated to us in such beautiful words and organization. This is a story of being human and how our choices can lead to unintended results. I hated to have it end. This is my favorite Kate Morton story ... Grace is my favorite character to date...and I have read all Kate's stories. I can't wait till a new one is available.

What did you like best about this story?

The character of Grace. She was so developed and believable as she told this story. You feel as if you know her and hate to see the story end. Also, how Kate Morton builds the story and tells it. She is a magnificent storyteller. Yes, she is detailed and sets each scene so carefully ... it's why you become so involved with her characters and understand them. I love history, and she gives us historical background so well.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

I love the way she reads the story. I like her accents. I could listen to her forever and never get tired of her voice.

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

Absolutely. I just never have the time to do so.

Any additional comments?

Read this book ... if you liked Kate Morton's other stories, I think you will love this one.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael/Victoria
  • 24-05-13

Such A Good Listen!

What did you love best about The Shifting Fog?

I loved the story within the story. The Shifting Fog tells the story of a Manor House in Essex during WW1 in the early 1920's, told from the perspective of Grace Bradley, a housemaid, now 98 and living in a retirement community in 1999. When Grace finds out that a film is being made of a tragic event at the house - the suicide of a young poet who fought in the war - she recounts her memories leading up to that night, and the part she played in it.

What other book might you compare The Shifting Fog to and why?

Other books that remind me of The Shifting Fog are The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, Duet, The Winter Sea, and The Secret Keeper.

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

Caroline Lee brings a depth to the characters and the story that you just wouldn't experience if you read the book rather than listen to it.

Who was the most memorable character of The Shifting Fog and why?

I thought Hannah was the most memorable character in this book because she had all the wonderful tragic flaws you end up loving about them.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • 15-03-14

Doesn't Measure Up to Her Other Books

This is an enjoyable listen . . . but doesn't come close to The Secret Keeper and The Forgotten Garden, in my opinion. I got tired listening, but did stick with it until the end. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the WWI era in England, but the book could have been much shorter and been better. The Shifting Fog lacked the magical qualities of Kate Morton's other books and I missed the unfolding mystery of the other two books that I've listened to. The ending didn't leave me nearly as satisfied either.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • RueRue
  • 27-04-14

A Visit to Pre-WW I England

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really enjoyed this dramatic story with excellent narration by Caroline Lee. I have recommended it to friends who might enjoy this Downton Abbeyesque story

What other book might you compare The Shifting Fog to and why?

This is the same story as The House at Riverton, just a different title.

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

This is a long audio, and it isn't one to listen to in a marathon sitting. It's a story to savor and let the narration take you back to 1920's England

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Rosamond
  • 29-10-12

One of Kate Morton's best!

Any additional comments?

Like some of the other reviews, it took me a couple of tries to get into this book. Jumping back and forth from the past to the present was a little confusing. However, it didn't take long before I was hooked. Great story!

11 of 14 people found this review helpful