Prolific author of British Victorian literature Braddon satisfies and defies expectation in Lady Audley’s Secret. Gorgeous Lady Audley’s aim is familiar: to secure a husband. But Lady Audley is spunky and proactive when compared to her counterparts in other works from the era. She succeeds early on in the novel through (possibly murderous) industry. Sir Audley’s nephew investigates Lady Audley, unearthing a wealth of shadowy evidence and furtive actions. Will Lady Audley retain her hard-won life? British narrator Nicola Barber’s fluid performance highlights the sophisticated, thoughtful prose. And her ability to change accents allows characters of differing backgrounds to speak. Thanks to Barber’s vivid portrayal of place and people, listeners will thrill to the drama while cheering for the wily heroine to succeed.
This Victorian best seller, along with Braddon's other famous novel Aurora Floyd, established her as the main rival of the master of the sensational novel, Wilkie Collins. A protest against the passive, insipid 19th-century heroine, Lady Audley was described by one critic of the time as "high-strung, full of passion, purpose, and movement." Her crime (the secret of the title) is shown to threaten the apparently respectable middle-class world of Victorian England.
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The reader is skilled and pleasing, although some of her pronunciations are very odd. The book, though. . . The first half is all plot and no character, much heavy-handed foreshadowing, pedestrian language. Somewhere just pass the middle I got more caught up in the story and began to enjoy it more. As is the case with many Victorian novels, it is overlong and quite repetitious. Mrs. Braddon is no Dickens, not even a Wilkie Collins, but the book occupies a niche that is not heavily populated with competitors, at least on audio.
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I read this book after hearing she was a contemporary of his and wrote stronger female characters. I have to say, I enjoyed his Woman in White and especially the Moonstone so much more. About two months after listening to the Moonstone it was referenced so many times in other books and shows that I was very pleased to have read it here. This was pleasant, however not as engaging as the other author. I have to say the narrator makes a huge difference,
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I purchases this story because it was on sale. I don't think this book would be worth a whole credit. I didn't care for the titles of each chapter as they gave too much away. It's a slow moving book but it does have an interesting plot and some surprising parts. The narrator was really good!
"Reading style disappointing"
If you like Victorian meladrama this is a typical book of the genre. I found the book itself entertaining.
But ... the narrater has a dreadful reading style. I foudn that she over dramatised the reading (even considering that it is a meladrama), but more irritating than that were regular audible breaths. I ended up skipping to the end to find out what happened because I couldn't stand the reader. A shame really.
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