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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,577

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

And I thought this American got British humor

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

My preface is that this review is based solely on my opinion, others may certainly differ. That said, this audible original challenges my belief that "you can't beat free." I was looking for something light and innocuous to listen to in between the complex things i need to read for work. Certainly light, but the format and style of narration was to me profoundly annoying. I will ascribe this to deep British humor, but to this American it was a cross between a verbal Benny Hill and the Ed Wood classic, "Plan 9 From Outer Space." There are interludes of truly interesting material spoken by knowledgable researchers, then skits spoken by voice actors, with Mr. Fry laying on heavily innuendo laden narration. Perhaps this review is based on the fact that because of its length, I expected something a bit informative. BTW, looking at his filmography I have liked Mr. Fry's work in the past, so this is not a judgment of his talents. It is the direction, production, and dialogue.

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