Reviews for Best Kept Secret

AudioFile Reviews 2013 August
Archer continues his popular saga of the Clifton and Barrington families, with this installment set in 1945. Harry and Emma's marriage unites their families, and Harry's award-winning novel earns him an American book tour. But family struggles continue, as well, with a troubling legal decision over a contested will, a fierce electoral campaign, adoption plans, and more. Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox's dual narration captures a range of intriguing characters and a variety of English accents--from the Cockney of street vendors to the upper-crust tones of the aristocracy. One weak point in audio is the distracting flashback that interrupts Harry and Emma's wedding vows. Overall, though, the narrators' polished performance of the family's escapades keeps the listener engaged. G.D.W. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine