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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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,843

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? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

Fascinating!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Absolutely fascinating description of the Victorian age in all its glorious detail. From murder and sex to freak shows and religion, you will be enthralled by this interesting look at a bygone age. Stephen Fry lends his excellent narration to these stories making the time fly by. Loved it and I’m sure you will too!

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618

Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing

  • By Justin on 11-05-10

Absolutely Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Dicken’s rich language of description and gripping plot have you wishing for more each time you have to stop. Simon Vance continues to be my favorite narrator and brings each character to life with his perfect accents and sense of timing. Loved the book and would highly recommend it for anyone, even those who have never read the classics. It has everything from suspense and drama to romance and lighthearted fun. Enjoy!

  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A knockout!

  • By Robert on 03-15-07

Fantastic classic retelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Absolutely fantastic retelling of Nicholas Nickleby. I have no idea how the extremely talented narrator (Mr. Simon Vance) can do so many diverse and interesting accents (and keep them all straight in his head), but he does just that. This, together with the genius of Dickens, adds a richness to the story that had me riveted and transfixed to the spot. My two-hour long commute became something that I really looked forward to! Thank you indeed! I fully recommend this version!!

  • The Man in the Iron Mask

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

A tale of mystery, adventure, and political intrigue, this conclusion to Dumas’ swashbuckling musketeer saga is based on the true story of a masked prisoner who dwelled in the Bastille during the Louis XIV’s reign and whose identity remains in question to this day.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Musketeers Get Old

  • By Rebecca on 03-31-13

Great story with excellent narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-18

It goes without saying that anything written by Alexander Dumas is fantastic. Regardless of the story you choose, I am absolutely sure you will not be disappointed in your choice.

What makes this series particularly incredible is the narration by Mr. Simon Vance. I have had the pleasure to listen to several volumes performed by Mr. Vance and have never once been disappointed. His cadence, emotion, accent, stress and intonation thoroughly enthrall you with the story at hand and make time pass by in an instant!

  • The Three Musketeers

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

This historical romance, perhaps the greatest cloak-and-sword story ever, relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling heroes who served the French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV. When the dashing young D'Artagnon arrives in Paris from Gascony, he becomes embroiled in three duels with the Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But when he proves himself by fighting not against, but with, the Three Musketeers, they form a quick and lasting friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More fun than a classic is supposed to be!

  • By M. Faulkner on 06-21-13

The Three Musketeers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Fantastic story with excellent narration! Makes a long commute go by quickly and with pleasure!