The Dead Secret (unabridged)

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Wilkie Collins

The Dead Secret

Read by Nicholas Boulton


A masterful blend of Gothic drama and romance, Wilkie Collins’s mystery novel is an exploration of illegitimacy and inheritance. Set in Cornwall, the plot foreshadows The Woman in White with its themes of doubtful identity and deception, and involves a broad array of characters. The ‘secret’ of the book’s title is the true parentage of the book’s heroine, Rosamond Treverton, which has been written down and kept in an unused room at Porthgenna Tower. This is where, 20 years later, much of the novel’s action is set.

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  • Running Time: 13 h 21 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-357-7
    Cat. no.:NA0495
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Nikki Ruck
    Released:January 21
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Nicholas Boulton’s narration of this wonderfully entertaining audiobook is simply astonishing. He keeps listeners on track though its shifts in time period and plot. As a work of ‘sensation fiction’, this story of Rosamond Treverton Franklin’s discovery of her late mother’s secret was intended to excite and amuse its 19th-century audience, although the suspense is tame by contemporary standards. The magic lies in Boulton’s flawless rendering of the richly nuanced characters of all ages, genders, nationalities, and social classes; the splendid English country settings; and the touches of humour throughout. Boulton subtly varies his pace to complement the narrative moment. A thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

M.J., AudioFile

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