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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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  • 02-03-2021

Lovely story, terrible narration.

The story is another lovely Lesley Pearse story, but WHAT were they thinking using this narator?

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

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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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  • barbara
  • 16-08-2021

Secrets

Absolutely loved this book, wanted you the story to go on forever. The narration wasn't as good as other books of this author, but to me, one of her best books.

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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 M
  • 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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  • 04-07-2021

bad narration

love this story but narrator is terrible. tries too hard. accents are dreadful. Will avoid books read by her

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-2021

Terrible narration

Brilliant story, as with all Lesley Pearce novels. Sophie Albert is a poor narrator. Some of the male voices were just ridiculous!! Surely someone much better could be found??

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  • David S
  • 27-11-2020

Great story!

Lots of people moaned about the narrator but she was fine, some voices a bit odd, but it didn't distract from a great story

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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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