Daphne du Maurier's The Scapegoat is a classic tale of stolen identity. As dark as it is witty, it introduces listeners to the gloomy and despondent character of John the Englishman. When by chance, John comes face to face with his French doppelgänger, Jean, his bewilderment is quickly replaced with envy. Realising that Jean is in possession of everything he lacks but has always desired, he assumes the identity of his look-a-like, leaving his old, tedious life behind.
As John's attempts to escape detection from Jean's family, servants and mistresses, he embarks on a captivating adventure in a charming Chateau in the French countryside, where a witty and enthralling tale ensues.
This critically acclaimed masterpiece was hailed by the New York Times for containing 'artfully compulsive storytelling' and highlighting Daphne du Maurier's skill with a pen.
Born in London and later educated in Paris, Daphne was always headed for artistic success, inspired by her father, the great actor Sir Gerald du Maurier. Writing short stories from a young age, Daphne honed her craft and eventually published some of the most influential English novels of our time.
Her best known works, Rebecca and The Birds were both taken on by Alfred Hitchcock and developed into award-winning films. These titles can also be found on Audible.
Paul Shelley is a classically trained British actor and graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His extensive theatre background includes touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre in a variety of productions including, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Medea and King Lear.
Paul has also enjoyed a lucrative film and TV career, and can be seen starring in the likes of Oh! What a Lovely War, Dot the T, Doctor Who, Paradise Postpones and Doctors.
Having recorded over 30 audiobooks, Paul's vocal abilities have not gone unnoticed and he has gone on to win three Audiofile Earphone Awards. Some of his other titles include John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman, H.G. Wells' The History of Mr Polly and P.G. Wodehouse's Doctor Sally.
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By Cat on 09-05-16
Brilliant and gripping
Really recommend. What would you do if you met a stranger who stole your identity and left you with his. Really interesting characters and beautiful description and moments of intense suspense.
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By Darryl on 18-09-12
Yet to be disappointed by DuMaurier
Rebecca is still the pinnacle, but this one is excellent. Good story of a "mistaken" identity type that leads to more. Even when DuMaurier is writing more of a Romance type, which this is not, this is more of a mystery story, she is still a very good writer, not clunky like so many now. I have read/listened to many of hers and enjoyed them all, Hungry Hill and Mary Ann being least favorite so far. But I recommend this one to people after Rebecca, and then probably My Cousin Rachael.
If you want car chases look elsewhere, DuMaurier always leans heavily toward the character side and immerses you in her world.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Anca on 17-09-12
storytelling at its best
Fascinating story , draws you in, never lets you go. Sorry when it ended. Actor reading it was perfect
6 of 6 people found this review helpful