Lady Audley's Secret


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.5 stars; 744 reviews)

Mary Elizabeth Braddon's first novel, Lady Audley's Secret, was one of the most popular English novels of its day. Published serially in 1862, it tells the story of the lovely Lucy Graham, who becomes Lady Audley at the beginning of the novel, and who conceals a scandalous secret from her new husband and his family. The plot, which includes madness, bigamy, attempted murder, and seduction, made this a shocking but highly successful story for Victorian audiences. It remains one of the best examples of 19th century sensational fiction, and is a wonderfully absorbing book. (Summary written by gloriana).

(14 hr 16 min)

Chapters

01 – Lucy 28:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
02 – On Board the Argus 26:02 Read by Elizabeth Klett
03 – Hidden Relics 16:13 Read by Elizabeth Klett
04 – In the First Page of ‘The Times’ 11:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
05 – The Headstone at Ventnor 12:23 Read by Elizabeth Klett
06 – Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World 11:21 Read by Elizabeth Klett
07 – After a Year 24:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
08 – Before the Storm 24:37 Read by Elizabeth Klett
09 – After the Storm 14:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
10 – Missing 8:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
11 – The Mark Upon My Lady’s Wrist 11:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
12 – Still Missing 10:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
13 – Troubled Dreams 14:51 Read by Elizabeth Klett
14 – Phoebe’s Suitor 16:44 Read by Elizabeth Klett
15 – On the Watch 23:15 Read by Elizabeth Klett
16 – Robert Audley Gets His Conge 18:10 Read by Elizabeth Klett
17 – At the Castle Inn 12:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
18 – Robert Receives a Visitor Whom He Had Scarcely Expected 12:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
19 – The Writing in the Book 25:45 Read by Elizabeth Klett
20 – Mrs. Plowson 16:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
21 – Little Georgey Leaves His Old Home 26:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
22 – Coming to a Standstill 28:30 Read by Elizabeth Klett
23 – Clara 17:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
24 – George’s Letters 15:48 Read by Elizabeth Klett
25 – Retrograde Investigation 31:53 Read by Elizabeth Klett
26 – So Far and No Farther 24:47 Read by Elizabeth Klett
27 – Beginning at the Other End 23:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
28 – Hidden in the Grave 19:29 Read by Elizabeth Klett
29 – In the Lime-Walk 35:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
30 – Preparing the Ground 23:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
31 – Phoebe’s Petition 28:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett
32 – The Red Light in the Sky 36:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
33 – The Bearer of the Tidings 30:02 Read by Elizabeth Klett
34 – My Lady Tells the Truth 32:45 Read by Elizabeth Klett
35 – The Hush That Succeeds the Tempest 23:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
36 – Doctor Mosgrave’s Advice 17:18 Read by Elizabeth Klett
37 – Buried Alive 22:03 Read by Elizabeth Klett
38 – Ghost-Haunted 58:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
39 – Restored 17:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
40 – At Peace 4:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

excellent reader, charming story

(5 stars)

first off the volunteer reader did awesome. the story itself started off nice but then a few chapters in i had everything all figured out and was going to give it up, because who wants to read something when u know what is going to happen? but the voice & style of the reader had me sticking to it and I was pleasantly surprised at how in to the story I got, despite having it figured out. the writer did a great job of putting it in to detail and adding little twists here & there that made me second guess my original thought of the plot. in the end, it was exactly as I had figured! but a great story in getting there.

interesting!

(4 stars)

This book is very interesting & especially when you remember it was written so long ago. The writing style is very sensationalist & melodramatic with an abundance of "heaven knows". The story I found quite intriguing after the first few chapters & altho it moves along somewhat slowly and the book is quite lengthy I found myself eager to keep listening and find out what would happen next. Its not really a mystery so much, as you have a pretty good idea of what happened, but a suspense story as you're not sure exactly how it will all unfold. The reader does an excellent job and definitely makes the book worth listening to. I highly recommend her & will be searching for more books read by her.

Wilkie Collins, meet your match

(4 stars)

The layers of intrigue and charm of storytelling remind me of Wilkie Collins' best works. The tone may perhaps be gentler, but is unflinching in meeting the sordid sides of human existence. The modern reader perhaps sees the plot in all its limpidity before the big reveal, but that does not detract fromthe story one whit. The narration is beautifully clear and has exactly the right amount of characterisation and mood to keep the listener abreast the developments. Well done!

well read!

(4 stars)

The story is gripping, well formed and the characters firm and whole. Too many long drawn passages could have done with editing; it has all stretched the story a bit longer for one's patience (hence a star less in rating). But the reader makes up for this flaw by reading so well and expressively that you want to listen on. The skill of the reader is really worth credit. Excellent job Elizabeth!

Favorite Readers

(5 stars)

I listen to a lot of librivox, and I am generally very pleased with the reading. Sometimes, though, you come across a reader that is so excellent that you start listening to everything they read. Elizabeth Klett is one of those. She has such an excellent quality of voice, a good range of character voices, and the perfect reading tempo. On top of that, I really enjoyed this book. Its an excellent mystery and poses many questions to the reader. Is it a book about madness or feminism? What a great read!

A Favorite!

(5 stars)

I love this story! I keep listening to it over and over! It's long, but not in a bad way. The author paints a delightful, and whimsical picture all the way through. I don't think it is so predictable as someone else said. The end has a particularly delightful twist! I love the descriptions of the characters and how the author gives, not only description, but back story and character to them. Half of me loves Lady Audley, and half of me hopes something perfectly terrible happens to her! It's a delight to hear again and again!!

(3 stars)

Excellent reading, as always, by Miss Klett. However, the writing is hackneyed and the characters not believable. The authorial intrusion is irritating, and that's being kind. Half way through the book I still don't care about anyone, and never did even to the end. Too many inconsistencies in character development and too many baroque metaphors. I won't listen to another by this author. Had I been reading, I would have quit after the 2nd chapter (how many times should a writer be allowed to use "no, a thousand times no" before we run mad from the room ourselves?). Read one chapter of Trollope and one chapter of Braddon and you will see the difference between a great author and a bad one.

Engaging story, well narrated

(5 stars)

I love 19th century English literature but was unfamiliar with this author. This was part drama, part mystery, with some understated love story thrown in. The story was well written, engaging, and provided a good ending. I really enjoy Elizabeth Klett as a narrator. She doesn’t do distinct voices for characters but her inflection and tone are enjoyable and I have sought out multiple books read by her. Thank you LibriVox and Elizabeth Klett. You provide a wonderful and greatly appreciated service.