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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Secrets by Lesley Pearse, read by Sophie Ablett. 

Without her mother she is alone in the world....

Twelve-year-old Adele is placed in a bleak, cruel children's home after a family tragedy drives her mother to madness. But when trust is betrayed Adele has no choice but to run away.... 

Alone and friendless, she heads for Sussex to seek out the grandmother she has never known. However the journey, without food or shelter, leaves her desperately ill. Surrounded by the beautiful Rye Marshes, Adele is nursed back to health. 

Can she now dream of a new life? But what will happen when her mother reappears bearing shocking family secrets?

©2018 Lesley Pearse (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Terrible narration

Wonderful story but unfortunately spoilt by the narration. Found it very hard to listen too at times.

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Narration was off

The narration was off. Too forced. The men sounded dreadful and the main character’s voice was way too high.

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Worst Narration Ever!

I love Lesley Pearce! Not one of her books has ever disappointed me, which is the only reason I persevered to the end of this story. I have no complaints about the story itself. BUT, I wish I had read the reviews first. The narrator was so bad. I can’t understand how this audio book was ever released.

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  • a.e.harvey
  • 13-10-2018

Awful narration

Dreadful narration ruined the story for me. Wouldn't buy another book narrated by her again

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  • Mrs A
  • 15-09-2018

Another great story!

Another great story - shame about the narration!! Sophie Ablett is horrendous! I stuck with it because I love Lesley Pearse's books and the story did not disappoint. If you can get past the appalling narration and terrible put on voices, stick with it. Never shall I listen to this narrator again.

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  • Gabby
  • 31-07-2019

Lovely story shite narration

Having read the book and listened to the audio book the story is one of my favourites, it’s beautifully written and a truly gripping and beautiful story. The narration however is terrible. She’s tries to put on voices for each character but they’re just embarrassing ruins the whole book really. I’ll be reading it myself next time

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  • Cheryl Morley
  • 08-08-2018

Wow

I really enjoyed this book, so many twists and turns, if it was tv I’d be sitting on the edge of my seat, great book

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  • Mrs Irene Bladon
  • 11-07-2020

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A very good story which I did not want to turn off . The narrator read this very well,I can certainly recommend Secrets to other audiobook listeners.

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  • A. Richards
  • 17-01-2020

astounding

about a mother who loved one daughter and hated the other. a mother made one daughters life a living hell and lavished love and attention on the other. but further into the book we find out the truth about the mother and as we hate her for her actions we find out just how she behaved in the manor she did.

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  • Jo
  • 29-08-2019

Great story but narrator got on my nerves

Love all of Lesley Pearse'swork but this particular narrator grated on me. Unfortunately slightly short tongued, pronunciation frustratingly off and the whiney high pitched or extremely low tone she used for the different characters was just irritating. That said she was consistent throughout. The story had many twists and turns, nothing new there, you find yourself being led this way and that only to be led back again. Solid characters in a solid story. Some may find it over long but for me it was necessary to reveal the tale. My advice is get comfy, sit back and relax for a few sessions and enjoy this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-06-2019

poor narrator

this could have been much improved but the narrator spoilers the experience for me. Read to fast and the tones were not as they should be according to the infliction in the script. shame

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  • Peter MicklethwaiteKindle Customer
  • 17-03-2019

Awful narrator

The story was good but spoiled by the awful, sometimes laughable narration of the characters.

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  • Stephanie O'Reilly
  • 24-09-2018

Wonderful

Wonderful story. Didn't want it to end. Wish we would read more of Adeles story.

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