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Ep. 1: Family Secrets

By: Stephen Fry
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  • Summary

  • Of course, all families, high born and low have secrets. Confidential conditions of mind or body. Black sheep. Skeletons in cupboards. Unmentionable uncles. Naughty nephews... aunties who aren't... conventional. More often than not it boils down to something - sexual.

    This episode is about the keeping and uncovering of family secrets. In a way it unlocks all the secrets in all our episodes.

    Many Victorians, especially the more successful ones, feared shame. In a way this fear was something quite new. A new and growing newspaper industry was keen to amplify that shame. And a new middle class, desperate to cling to its new-found monied status, felt threatened. And, new theories about heredity, coming later in the century, meant that (perish the thought!) shamefulness could be passed on – like red hair or big feet - from generation to generation.

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Ruined by the intrusive background music

Stephen Fry is one of my favourite narrators, and this would have been an interesting podcast, but I found impossible to concentrate on the words once I started to hear the irritating music played simultaneously in the background.

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can't hear Stephen Fry, music keeps cutting in to loud

like the story , like the narration. but the music is to intrusive. can a new one pruduced with the music edited out

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Great fun!

Great to hear what past generations thought as scandalous! Great fun and easy to listen to!

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Interesting and enjoyable…

Interesting and enjoyable to listen to. Feeling in a relaxed mood and want to something then this is perfect.

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Great Book

Family Secrets described very well. Anyone can able to listen and enjoy this book very well.

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Background music

Why is the background music so loud. It’s distracting and I ended up turning it off. Please step away from the music!

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What a shame about the narration. How did anyone think it was acceptable? His attempt at accents is embarrassing.

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good

I think the story was good I really like this I really love it thanks audible

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This is how you write a series. Cleverly written makes you want to come back for the next part.

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