The Dead Secret


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.1 stars; 104 reviews)

"Everything in life has a price. May be, telling a Secret has the highest. However, not telling may be worse. What will Sarah choose? will she tell the Secret which destroyed her life?" (Summary by Stav Nisser) (16 hr 18 min)

Chapters

Book 1, chapter 1 35:28 Read by Helen Falconer
Book 1, chapter 2 16:27 Read by Chill28
Book 1, chapter 3 25:52 Read by David Wales
Book 2, chapter 1 39:35 Read by David Wales
Book 2, chapter 2 34:39 Read by David Wales
Book 2, chapter 3 44:50 Read by David Wales
Book 3, chapter 1 38:11 Read by David Wales
Book 3, chapter 2 12:58 Read by David Wales
Book 3, chapter 3 28:59 Read by David Wales
Book 3: chapter 4 1:00:00 Read by David Wales
Book 3, chapter 5 20:24 Read by David Wales
Book 3, chapter 6 18:19 Read by David Wales
Book 4, chapter 1 38:40 Read by Helen Falconer
Book 4, chapter 2 36:52 Read by Helen Falconer
Book 4, chapter 3 39:24 Read by Helen Falconer
Book 4, chapter 4 42:09 Read by Helen Falconer
Book 4, chapter 5 32:46 Read by Helen Falconer
Book 5, chapter 1 24:31 Read by Chill28
Book 5, chapter 2 28:20 Read by Chill28
Book 5, chapter 3 40:22 Read by Chill28
Book 5, chapter 4 29:53 Read by Chill28
Book 5, chapter 5 51:30 Read by Chill28
Book 5, chapter 6 34:40 Read by Chill28
Book 6, chapter 1 41:47 Read by jVareckova
Book 6, chapter 2 38:54 Read by Robert Pendleton
Book 6, chapter 3 45:26 Read by Theresa Sheridan
Book 6, chapter 4 49:26 Read by David Wales
Book 6, chapter 5 22:20 Read by Robert Pendleton
Book 6, chapter 6 5:49 Read by Robert Pendleton

Reviews

I liked the story but hard to follow because a couple of reader

(1.5 stars)

(0.5 stars)

in parts could not follow as some of the narrators should go and learn English. Definitely would not recommend this. The reason for half star rating is that the male narrators were good.

Overdramatic At Times

(3 stars)

Helen Falconer (who calls herself goldfish) did a very good job reading. She has a nice voice & gave the uncle an accent which the story says he has. Chill28 was a bit difficult to understand because of her accent & she mispronounced a few words. After hearing her say it a couple of times I realized she was saying for-RAIN-er for foreigner. I put in earbuds, raised the volume a tad, wasn't distracted & could understand her then. Based on the reviews I expected to not be able to understand much of the readers but understood them all. The story itself is ok. If I wrote a letter to someone, hid it in his house, & that person died I'd have just asked for the letter back. While I get that the secret was important the lengths taken to keep it hidden seem extreme. It's wordy at times. One character is blind so you listen to things the wife sees & then have to hear her tell her husband about them. So, you basically hear it twice. I don't see the point of the husband being blind in the first place.

(0.5 stars)

very very poor reading in parts. librivox should ensure that readers can read the language without idiomatic pronunciations and require that readers can produce the common and correct pronunciation of all English words.... some of this book is virtually impossible to endure due to the appallingly bad narration.

The Dead Secret

(3 stars)

Goldfish has a very annoying voice and her audible swallowing forced me to skip chapters! Her over the top performance ruined this for me!

(5 stars)

It is not one of Wilkie Collins best story in terms of suspense, but is very nice anyway because of his study of human nature, and the remarking of good solid values versus position in society. I loved all the readers, regardless of their accents (I have an accent my self) except Anna Varishkova; she sounded too emotional at times and the emotion in her voice muddled the words. In response to the person who said that she did not see the reason for the husband to be blind, that is an important element: Rosamond has to face the temptation of destroying the letter and keep the secret from her husband, who relys on her eyes and guidance because of his blindness. Then, loyalty to her husband, love for him, and respect for her marital vows, make her overcome her temptation and risk to be cast away from her husband, who was very proud of rank and name. Beautiful message!

Hit and Miss Readers

(1.5 stars)

I’m starting to wonder if reading for Libravox is used as an assignment in adult ESL classes? There’s nothing wrong with having an accent but it can make listening a challenge. That said, I also wonder if wanna-be voice over artists and actors use these as part of their resume. This book is definitely read by all-sorts and though I’m just at the Twist, I’m going to finish the rest on my own. I can’t fathom interpreting for myself any longer. Bummer because Wilkie Collins is such a great writer, his thriller mysteries could/should entice and interest anyone today if they could get through the reading.

The Dead Secret

(3 stars)

I thought the story was great. Sadly, I had to listen to some parts 2 or 3 times because readers were so difficult to understand. As much as I enjoy the writings of Wilkie Collins, this reading has caused me to now avoid any books read by a variety of volunteers. Each can give a single character a different personality and sound which causes confusion for the listener. Had I not wanted to see how Collins pulled it all together, I would have given up listening half way through. I apologize...I don’t like to be critical, but a review requires honesty.