About the book
Richard has never amounted to anything in his father’s eyes, and, having been worn down, he eventually decides to take his own life. While Richard is standing on a bridge, about to take the final step, a man, Jake, reaches out to him and changes his mind. Richard finds that he can openly talk to this man and makes the decision to go travelling with him. However, when their close friendship is brought to an abrupt end, Richard must find his way by himself. He moves to Paris, where he meets Hesta, with whom he has a passionate relationship. As they spend more time together, he begins to realise that he is becoming just like his father, but as he comes to this conclusion, it becomes clear that Hesta can’t take any more.
About the author
Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) was a British writer whose work is still greatly appreciated to this day. Her novel Rebecca is probably her most famous piece of literature, but she also had substantial success with her short stories. Her popularity and prowess are evident by the fact that Alfred Hitchcock chose to adapt both Rebecca - which won two Oscars - as well as her short story ‘The Birds’ into feature films.
About the narrator
Most well known for his roles in the British miniseries Middlemarch and The Prince and Me sequels, Jonathan Firth has also made appearances in programs such as New Tricks and Ghost Whisperer. He is the younger brother of the iconic British actor Colin Firth and has narrated numerous audiobooks available on Audible.
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By Laureem Mainey on 06-10-17
You're going to need lots of coffee to keep you awake for this one!
I struggled with this story. There was nothing thrilling about this to keep me really interested, but I persevered because my partner is a huge Daphne du Maurier fan and I am anxious to see what all the fuss is about.
The pace was very slow and the characters egocentric and dull - I really hated the main character. Obviously the language was very much set in it's time, but it did not have the quaint lyrical beauty of a Bronte or an Austin. Too many repeated phrases and the "he said, she saids'l drive me mad.
I shall give another one a try! ;)
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