The Secret History

  • by Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by Donna Tartt
  • 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hear.
A misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.
Penguin Audiobooks presents Donna Tartt's cult thriller The Secret History, complete, unabridged, and read by the author.

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What the Critics Say

"Haunting, compelling, brilliant." (The Times)

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Brilliant book, terribly badly read

Donna Tartt is a fabulous writer. She is a poor reader though, although she adopts the flat monotone favoured by US narrators (particularly authors) convincingly enough. It isn't inspiring though, just boring - and, as mentioned in other reviews here, not a patch on the wonderful Adam Sims version, which you should try to get hold of if you can.
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- Maria

Should authors read their own stories ?

I loved this book and really enjoyed it's twists and turns but when it came to the audiobook it was a big disappointment.
I found her reading flat and uninteresting and the different characters voices did not come across well. Additionally is it always a good idea for an author to read their own stories as they may be too close to the material and give it their own nuance rather than let the reader make up their own mind ?
In my opinion I would prefer a professional actor or broadcaster to do the reading.
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- Mazza

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-09-2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd