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The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery Audiobook

The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.

©2012 Catherine Bailey (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 08-22-14
    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "So deadly flat a reading, I fell asleep."
    What disappointed you about The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery?

    I love Gothic Mysteries, I could not tell you what this one is about as the reading of it is so bad I simply could not stay with the story. I tried Three times to listen to this and never made past a few chapters, of which I slept through most.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No idea.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Flat, toneless, no inflection, no life.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I wish I knew, the reader was so bad I couldn't stay with it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear this book with a different reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 06-10-14
    Jennifer 06-10-14

    I'm a writer and I love books of all types

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    "Historically mysterious with lots of intrigue"

    History buffs and mystery buffs this is a must read Loved the rich details and the story line
    great plot and detailing of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Moonglotexas South Africa 09-12-13
    Moonglotexas South Africa 09-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Live life Joyfully!

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    "Gently paced, historical journey"
    If you could sum up The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery in three words, what would they be?

    Not Gothic Mystry


    What other book might you compare The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery to and why?

    The Suspicions of Mr Whitcher, The Secrets of a Victorian Lady


    What does Stephen Rashbrook bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As a paper novel, I probably would have been distracted, but the phrasing and his characters brought the story to life


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt enlightened and ever grateful to be living in this century and not last


    Any additional comments?

    Despite not being a "fast-pasted, haunted mystery", as a historical journey , it unfolds the truth in an intriguing and enjoyable manner. I felt I was being told a story by a fire for my amusement, as such I tried to listen to it in as near as one go as my schedule allowed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 04-27-13
    Sharon 04-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very interesting"
    Where does The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great story, occasionally choppy but overall very interesting story that I knew nothing about prior to reading this book.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tally 12-02-12
    Tally 12-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Northanger Abbey comes to live"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The performance was in the spirit of the book but the book was so slight that the mysterious reading was just silly.


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Bailey’s story?

    There was nothing at its core. There was no story and no secret. It was like Northanger Abbey without the wit. The author made up a mystery about a frankly very unpleasant and unappealing aristocrat. There was nothing interesting about him except his title.


    What does Stephen Rashbrook bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I learned how the English pronounce Belvoir, Drogheda and Buccleuch.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery?

    I wouldn't have written the book! It wasn't substantive in any way.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Waco, TX, United States 04-14-13
    Roger Waco, TX, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery?

    Frankly, it was boring. There was no great secret involved and the one secret that interested me was never explained. And there was nothing gothic about it. It's just the story of a dysfunctional aristocratic family told mostly through letters.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something truly gothic, not like this.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None--unless the listener is an avid fan of World War I history.


    Any additional comments?

    I seriously wanted my money back on this one. It was a waste of money and time. I kept waiting for something to happen and it didn't. There was nothing very mysterious about the story and certainly nothing gothic about it.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    whcrafter Shah Alam, Malaysia 12-04-12
    whcrafter Shah Alam, Malaysia 12-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable but light on story ."
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery the most enjoyable?

    Great reader , most interestingly written


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Bailey’s story?

    The end of the great build up was not so impressive , the facts of the story were not too strong .


    What about Stephen Rashbrook’s performance did you like?

    Very good indeed .


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No .


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 05-03-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 05-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "NOT IMPRESSED"

    This was written in such a boring way that it ruined any interest there might have been.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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