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Publisher's Summary

A fantasy adventure about saving the universe one world at a time from Diana Wynne Jones. The companion novel to the bestselling The Merlin Conspiracy.

Magids look after all worlds, steer them towards magic, and keep history happening. But Rupert Venables’ mentor has just died, and as the junior magid on earth he has to find a replacement while also trying to find the lost heir of a collapsing empire, worlds away.

Rupert interweaves the fate lines to get all the candidates together at a sci-fi fantasy convention, and havoc ensues as they all converge on a very strange hotel, where everything is always linked, the walls keep moving, people are trying to kill him, and nothing is as it seems...a magical, epic story from the Godmother of fantasy.

©2013 Diana Wynne Jones (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

“....Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears....” ( Publishers Weekly)
“Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country.” ( Evening Standard)
“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two...[she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed.” ( SFX)

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Love it

I enjoyed the book, and I am enjoying the audio version even more. Good readers,fantastic story. Two small quibbles. The spacing between chapters was uneven, sometimes long enough that I would wonder if it had turned off, and at least once so short there was barely a pause. The other was the voice for Maree wasn't deep, and given her "booming sob" was fairly important in the plot, it seemed a bit wrong. But the reader is very good, so it wasn't a major issue.

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More DWJ's books, Audible!

Great story, great performance.
I must admit, at first I had to tolerate the smuggish Rupert by Chris Webster, but, after a few chapters I was so into him. The reason is that the character develops, the plot thickens and the performance masterly develops as well. Bravo! It cost me a sleepless night, though - I could not just find it in myself to turn it off until the very end.

It is a pity, there is only 4 books by DW Jones on audible at the moment. I would love to have more. Please, make it happen, Audible.

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One of my favourites

Love this book.
I don't understand why Audible don't have an unabridged version of the sequel to match 'the Merlin Conspiracy'.

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  • Marie O'R
  • 02-10-14

A great interpretation of a favourite DWJ story

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This is one of my favourite DWJ stories. There's a lot going on in it, it is clever, in a subtle way, rather than being in your face. It stretches across worlds with a narrative that unfurls slowly, revealing things as it goes along. One of the best things about DWJ characters is that they are believable... they are not perfect and you like them in spite of or even because of their failings. The central characters, Rupert and Maree are beautifully drawn. I wasn't sure about the performances initially, but they really grew on me. One slight annoyance is that the sound level of Chris Webster's performance varies a bit too much. You can suggest whispering or shouting without doing it. Apart from that, it is a great performance of all the voices and I liked Harriet Carmichael too, although I tend to think Maree's voice is a bit lower than she plays it. I particularly liked that they both seemed to have worked together to make their character voices similar but without overdoing it. This book is like an old friend that is a joy to revisit time after time and I'm pleased that now I can revisit the audio version as well as on the page. Also a relief to get an unabridged version. Whoever thinks that DWJ needs abridging is frankly nuts - she's never wastes a word, so why would you cut them?

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  • Alice
  • 08-16-18

Not for me

slow burner really couldn't get in to it the more I listened I just lost interest.

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  • spellacl
  • 07-07-17

Great Story!

This was brilliant! Read on a suggestion from a friend and am delighted. Magic and technology is a great combination! Really enjoyed the characters and their voice acting!

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  • nogginthenog
  • 12-01-15

Fabulous!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes and yes - if you enjoy fantasy then I'd be really surprised if you didn't love Diana Wynne Jones. This book is one of her best and one of my absolute favourites - fun the whole way through with a bit of everything thrown in - adventure, science fiction, fantasy, romance, comedy, drama, all given a good stir and well-seasoned with a bit of tongue-in-cheek affection.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Deep Secret?

Good the whole way through - its pretty even - but the fantasy con is perfectly done.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Don't make me pick - not fair. It's good the whole way through!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not sure it would be possible so a tagline would have to be: Forget the film, just read the book!

Any additional comments?

Excellent narration - it can make or break a book, but the two narrators do a terrific job.

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  • Amanda
  • 07-29-13

Fantastic story

Would you listen to Deep Secret again? Why?

One of DWJ'a best - such a credible fantasy with fully developed characters and plot.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Chris Webster and Harriet Carmichael ?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Readalot
  • 04-22-16

Best of the Best

Would you listen to Deep Secret again? Why?

Definitely. DWJ is one of my favourite authors and this is one of my favourite books by her.

What other book might you compare Deep Secret to, and why?

FIre and Hemlock (which is not on Audible, alas), The Merlin Conspiracy, Enchanted Glass...

Which character – as performed by Chris Webster and Harriet Carmichael – was your favourite?

I've always had a soft spot for the prat Rupert, but I think Zinka comes over beautifully. Maree's voice is not quite right, but then... we have only Rupert's word for the way she sounds.

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

I always laugh at this one.

Any additional comments?

I want the rest of DWJ's books unabridged, read by these narrators and I want them now. That's all.