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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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!
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
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!
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
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.
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