About the book
This collection includes 14 of du Maurier’s short stories:
‘No Motive’ - in which a woman who is happily married decides to take her own life; ‘Panic’ - in which a man and a woman take an illicit trip to Paris, where disaster ensues; ‘The Supreme Artist’ - in which, after his performance, an actor is greeted by a strange woman at the stage door; ‘Adieu Sagesse’ - in which two men make a plan to escape their tedious lives; ‘Fairy Tale’ - the story of a gambling man and his wife; ‘The Rendezvous’ - in which a novelist experiences disappointment when his romantic adventure doesn’t go to plan; ‘La Sainte-Vierge’ - in which a wife prays for her fisherman husband’s safety while he’s at sea; ‘Leading Lady’ - in which an actress uses her skills in order to control the men around her; ‘Escort’ - in which a World War II merchant ship sales across the North Sea with mysterious cargo; ‘The Lover ‘- in which, using his romantic expertise, a man exploits women for their money; ‘The Closing Door’ - in which, after being told he has a terminal illness, a young man must come to terms with its devastating effects; ‘Indiscretion’ - a lesson in thinking before you speak; ‘Angels and Archangels’ - a tale of religion and hypocrisy; and ‘Split Second’ - in which a woman goes out for a walk, but when she returns home everything is different.
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 2 Oscars - as well as her short story ‘The Birds’ into feature films.
About the narrator
A graduate of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts), Edward de Souza has been acting for over 60 years. His first role was in the TV mini-series adaptation of Charles Dickins’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities in 1957, but in more recent years he has appeared alongside Jeremy Irons in The Borgias, and also in the British TV soap opera, Coronation Street.
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By Catwat on 16-10-15
Lost for words..."the best production I have ever listened to"
This was an absolutely amazing performance by Edward DeSousa. One of the most brilliant audible stories yet.....I cannot believe that all the different voices, accents and styles were from one performer.
So much so that it led me to research the background of the narrator and, in fact his background is in Hull and I loved his ?Hull accent in one of the marine stories which contrasts significantly with the "well to do"accents that often prevail in this genre.
Daphne du Maurier is at her very best in the short stories they just blew me away, each and every story made me stand back at the end and take at least 10 minutes to digest!
A great listen for when you're busy doing other things, driving, decorating dog walking even trying to get to sleep!
But I advise you may become sidetracked and thoughtful and not get the decorating done as quick as you had planned... Well, that's my excuse...
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By Zaubermond on 02-02-13
A rewarding listen
If you've not read any du Maurier short stories, what a treat this collection is!
Fourteen stories, first published in 1980, are included: No Motive, Panic, The Supreme Artist, Adieu Sagesse, Fairytale, The Rendezvous, La Sainte-Vierge, Leading Lady, Escort, The Lover, The Closing Door, Indiscretion, Angels and Archangels, and Split Second.
Each story is a brilliant gem, showing du Maurier to be a master of this difficult form of writing. She is able to fully illuminate character and provide an engaging story question with immediacy and interest.
Some stories are heart-breaking, some darkly comic. At times the innocent suffer, at others the arrogant are brought down. Each one improves upon acquaintance, revealing more with each listen.
As if that were not enough, Edward de Souza's narration is pitch-perfect. He has the range, sophistication, and emotion to portray each character accurately.
If you love a well-turned phrase and a twist in your tales, give this collection a listen. You're sure to be rewarded time and again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Katdeeza on 31-07-13
Wrap it up Please!
I'm a fan of Daphne's novels, but felt left hanging and frustrated with the vague and inconclusive endings of these short stories. Perhaps it's just a literary style that doesn't appeal to me since the ratings were high for this book. Sadness...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful