• The Shakespeare Secret

  • By: J L Carrell
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McNenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-22-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (3 ratings)

Regular price: $17.55

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Publisher's Summary

A modern serial killer - hunting an ancient secret. A woman is left to die as the rebuilt Globe theatre burns. Another woman is drowned like Ophelia, skirts swirling in the water. A professor has his throat slashed open on the steps of Washington's Capitol building. A deadly serial killer is on the loose, modelling his murders on Shakespeare's plays. But why is he killing? And how can he be stopped?
A gripping, shocking page turner, The Shakespeare Secret masterfully combines modern murder and startling true revelations from the life of Shakespeare. It has been acclaimed as one of the most compulsively readable thrillers of recent years.
©2008 J. L. Carrell (P)2008 Penguin Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By GinnysHex on 04-17-12

The Da Vinci Code with Shakespeare

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this audiobook to anyone that enjoys a good thriller and adventure story

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot keeps you on your seat for sure as you never know who it is that is after the main character, Kate. The people that help her along the way change regularly and though she trusts them half the time she shouldn't

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I never heard a book by the narrator before and she did a good job on this one

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it is and it was hard stopping it because I always wanted to know where Kate was going to and what mess she was getting herself into.

Any additional comments?

This is a very enjoyable listen and I hope that J.L Carrell's next is done in audio format as I have read that one and it was really good read so I would love to listen to it as well.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 04-10-08


There is no doubt that the author has researched the subject of Shakespeare and the various associated mysteries and conspiricies in commendable detail, but unfortunately it does not make for an enjoyable listening experience. The construction of the plot and the book in general is contrived and clumbsy. Potential enjoyment is further marred by poor narration. The female American first person narration is almost comedic and does not suit the nature of the book at all. Often parts of the narration slump into farce with a Cockney accent that makes Dick Van Dyke sound like a skilled linguist; an English aristrocrat who is a dead ringer for Snake in the Simpsons; and a so called Yorkshire accent that owes more to the west of Ireland!!

The book has been compared to the Da Vinci Code, but in reality it is only similar insofar as it explores age old mysteries and speculation based on historical ambiguity. All in all it is not an enjoyable listening experience. It may be that the book is a better 'read' than 'listen' , or that a more professional narration would help its cause, but as it stands it fails to impress. I was very disappointed as I had been looking forward to this coming out in audiobook format.

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1 out of 5 stars
By David on 04-30-08

Move over Dick Van Dyke

The book is dramatically overshadowed by the narrator's foray into the various accents of the characters. Her English accents are even worse than the famous cockney of Dick V.D. Absolutley amazing. Whoever authorised the release of this version should crawl into a corner and hope the earth swallows them up. The Australian accent has to be heard to be disbelieved! I've only read the first of the two part downloads, but have given up because the story line becomes absolutly purile when you hear it read in some sort of ' ere guvernor - wot a night luv' parody of the English language.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Librarian on 04-08-16

Boring and Wordy

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who don't read Agatha Christie and know what a good murder story is all about.

What was most disappointing about J L Carrell’s story?

There were too many words…..she went on and on. I found the plot did not grab me and was all over the place. The author obviously does not know that a good thriller is a fast thriller. I actually just wanted to finish the book and be done with it. Very disappointing as the premise sounded exciting.

What didn’t you like about uncredited’s performance?

Her voices were irritating.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, boredom and frustration.

Any additional comments?

I would not read the sequel.

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