Lady Audley is universally adored: Beautiful, kind, and charming, she enamors all whom she meets. It is not until the strange disappearance of widower George Talboys that her behavior takes an odd turn. George's friend, Robert Audley, Lady Audley's nephew-in-law, is on the case; an upper-class layabout turned detective, he is determined to get to the bottom of things.
Mystery, mayhem, madness, and despair: Lady Audley's Secret is the gripping and suspenseful novel that has been branded "the most sensationally successful of all the sensation novels" (John Sutherland) and rivals some of Wilkie Collins' best books, such as The Moonstone and The Woman in White. Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, and Henry James all admitted to reading Braddon's work with great enjoyment; Alfred Lord Tennyson professed to have read everything she ever wrote.
Kim Hicks gives an absorbing reading, full of charm and insight.
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"Great Book with a Great Reader!"
I found this book to be great fun, and read by a talented reader. The basic plot was already known to me (read the plot summary years ago - book published in the mid-1800's), but I greatly enjoyed watching it play out. This book was well written, and the characters well described. The hero made deductions, tried to find proof, and made errors of judgment that sometimes set him back, but then I knew who had done what when I started listening. I had heard of this as being published in the same time period as Wilkie Collins' early books, and was curious. Kim Hicks really brought it to life, and I'm glad that I listened!
"A good classic"
This was truly entertaining. If you can appreciate the classics and writing that by today's standards is wordy and a mystery that is predictable but still engaging w great characters you'll enjoy this book. In league w The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
"For her, it was modern time. For us, the centuries have turned"
After reading the blub on this book, I had to get it as it was praised by other authors of her time who I've read and enjoyed.
The book kept amazing me as each time I thought it finished, it wasn't! Of course I could see there was more time left but well... when it really ends, everything is wrapped up in a nice bow.
I love her writing style! There is an almost lyrical quality to it.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well fleshed out and most realistic. This book, if turned into a modern day drama could be easily adapted.
Kim Hicks does a grand job of narration! Each person is clearly recognized. She never gets in their way. The male voices sounded right.
"An inspired reading of a sensational novel"
Kim Hicks' reading of Brandon's novel is superb and, at times, astonishing, for example, the lengthy passage in Vol 3 Ch 8 performed in the voice of Luke Marks. Bravo!
"A Classic Read by a Wonderful Narrator"
Maybe. It's long.
This is a classic story in the Dumas style. Very "listenable." The descriptions of Lady Audley are wonderful. She is as vivid and real as any venal woman in literature.
I have not heard her other performances but would definitely buy another
At 13 hours, it would have been hard to listen to it in one sitting but possible.
Having seen other reviews indicating what a great mystery this was, I was so disappointed with the plot. It was evident after the first chapter what the story line would be - there was no mystery about it. Given the lack of suspense, it dragged interminably.
"Ponderous and pedantic"
I didn't realize, until I slogged through the entire novel, that this book was written in 1862. That answers my question of why it has a Thomas Hardy type feel
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