The Dead Secret


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4 stars; 81 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!

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.

(4 stars)

I found the readers to be quite excellent. Especially Helen Falconer (aka Goldfish). Camille Hill was good also, unlike some other commenters I very much liked her accent. As for the story itself, not Wilkie Collins best although as usual his secondary characters (e.g. Uncle Joseph & Andrew Treverton) seal the show.

Great story but a bad reader ruins it

(1 stars)

the mystery drew me in but I'll never find out the twist because one of the readers was difficult to understand, often skipping words or mispronouncing them. What a shame.