Public Secrets

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kate on 08-06-14

Spoiled by narrator's dreadful 'Cockney' accent!

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator must have attended the Dick Van Dyke school of Cockney accents. If you can't do an accent properly, please don't do it at all! It was painful to listen to, in the extreme. I am British, so perhaps am more attuned to these things, but I notice that a lady who lives in Canada has also complained about it. It totally spoiled the first part of the book, I am still listening, but hope there are no more London accents to be done.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-05-14

would be 5star but for narrator

Where does Public Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love Nora Roberts books so as a story ranks high...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emma of course

Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

I've got the paperback but thought would use my credit to listen as bought a few audio books from Nora Roberts library but the narrator was so bad almost didn't continue with listening to this which is a shame.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By lynn on 08-30-14

Okay story ruined by dreadful narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was ok, but I almost gave up because of the narrator

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A different narrator

How could the performance have been better?

Using someone who could actually read with a southern English accent as many of the characters are English

Did Public Secrets inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

What a shame, I usually look forward to and enjoy Noras' audiobooks.Does anyone vet the narrators? It would have been obvious from the start that this person was unable to perform london accents and her Irish accent was only marginally better.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. L. E. Simpson on 08-29-14

Narrator car crash

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

There have been some great actors who have mastered the English accent - most haven't and follow the Dick Van Dyke/Audrey Hepburn path. Having to listen to 20 hours of this narrator attempting the English accent was one of the most painful experiences I have had in a long time and totally ruined this book for me. She was terrible!

If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

Good story as usual

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She opened her mouth!! Seriously it was that bad!

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Possibly

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ann in Durham on 08-26-14

Accents are Awful

The narrator's attempts at accents are appallingly bad. Her English accents are diabolical. The child Emma starts off as if she is from the slums of the East End of London and ends up with a true Irish accent.
The book itself is fabulous, as one would expect from Nora Roberts

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 08-29-14

Appalling narration - I gave up halfway through

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I love Nora's books, except when they are set in Ireland or England. The constant americanisms and horrible mangled attempts at accents ruin the story.

If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

Aweful narration, as bad as her irish novels.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Renee Raudman?

The one who reads her In Death Series or the Virgin River books by Robyn Carr

Could you see Public Secrets being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Dont watch films or tv

Any additional comments?

Editors please make sure irish or english characters can speak their own language, not americanisms, and get actors/actresses who can do the accents corrctly. I gave up reading this book halfway through - as an englishwoman I couldnt understand the so-called cockney accents!

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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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