Summary

A fast-paced Victorian thriller that will delight audiences today as it did 100 years ago, Lady Audley's Secret has subterfuge, kidnapping, jealousy, and fraud, all thrown into the mix and shaken up for good measure. A mystery which keeps a listener guessing until the last moments, this production is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys playing detective.
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Critic reviews

"Sensational melodrama at its best....the tale sustains its suspense to the very end and wins our sympathy for the erring Lady Lucy." ( The Times)
"It's gripping stuff, not least for what it reveals about Victorian attitudes to psychology, and is relished in every dramatic plot twist by Juliet Stevenson, who enjoys keeping the listener guessing until the final revelation." ( The Sunday Times)
"Set in London society and among the eerie Thames at night, and the mountainous London dustheaps, it is a many-layered story: a fugue on the corruption of wealth, an attack on social climbers, a plea for better treatment of sick children and the aged poor."( The Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Highlight on 12-07-15

Perfect Victorian Mystery

Would you listen to Lady Audley's Secret again? Why?

Yes: Have listened to this 'Three Times' and just about to listen again. I adore Victorian melodrama which this basically is with it's background of 'Love, Betrayal and Murder all set in the usual huge Manor House. Old man marries youg women, is her background suspicious? Is she or is isn't the beautiful young wife all that she seems and IS MEANT to be for a woman of her high position.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Wife; who is so beautiful and calm on the outside but complex and a bag of explosives on the inside. She is a paradox : a wonder and carries it off to aplomb.

What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Juliet is a professional actress with a warm appealing voice which she can tune into what ever character she needs to be. She is calm and therefore gluides you along deep into each of the characters personality male or female. Unlike a lot of narrators, Juliet does not rush her lines, she acts them out just as she would on stage. She cares about her performance.

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

Yes. I always make sure I am in a position where I have all the hours needed to relax as I become totally absorbed into the storyline. This way, it is like you are there experiencing the play first hand. I am a trained actress and like to get the 'whole feel' of the atmosphere.

Any additional comments?

I would like to have much more of the audiobooks 'with a Full Cast'. I have at least 650 in my audible.uk collection and I WANT MORE :) Please 🌹

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5 out of 5 stars
By Penelope on 26-01-09

Gripping

This is one of the best stories I've listened to in ages - very well paced with twists and surprises all the way through which all come together and make sense at the end. Juliette Stevenson also has a wonderful reading voice and very well suited to the story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 23-05-10

very well done

This is a classic 19th century thriller by a woman who was a best-seller in Jane Austen's day - and it's terrific. The abridgement makes the story cleaner and the reader is very engaging, able to render all the voices (including the men) memorably. For a 150 year-old book, this one's a winner.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By connie on 06-02-12

Narrator creates the listen

This is so melodramatic that it plays as camp to contemporary ears.(Probably sounded camp to many in its day!) Stevenson - a great narrator - manages to read the novel so to keep it entertaining, even delightful.

I don't know if I'd tackle the unabridged version, but this version is a period treasure for the $5.95 price!

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