by: Tatiana de Rosnay
Read by: Simon Vance
Produced by: Macmillan Audio – Sept. 2010
Approx. 9 hrs (unabridged)
When we first meet siblings Antoine and Melanie Rey, they are traveling back to their homes in Paris after a weekend away to celebrate Melanie’s 40th birthday. While discussing what very little they remember about their mother, whose untimely death has haunted the pair, Melanie is about to reveal a memory when suddenly she veers off the road only to awake in a hospital narrowly escaping death.
During Melanie’s hospital stay Antoine begins a period of reflection. Finding himself recently divorced, a father to two teens and a preteen, failed relationships, Antoine seems lost with where he finds himself in life. A series of life changing, and in some cases tragic, events unfold that begin to affect Antoine deeply and the reader becomes witness to his personal change.
A Secret Kept is a story filled with emotion, hurt, loss, and ultimately – growth and acceptance. De Rosnay’s writing is rich in detail and thoughtful. Narrator Simon Vance has a unique ability to make this story incredibly touching and human to the listener. His performance is lyric and well paced, complimenting an already engaging text. De Rosnay’s writing coupled with Vance’s performance has an effect on the listener that is truly thought-provoking and moving. A Secret Kept is a true compliment to the audiobook format.
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