- Narrated by: John Castle
- Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 30-10-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Seething with disdain for the superfluous society in which she resides, Lady Dona St Columb abandons her husband and takes her two children away from the Court of Charles II, seeking a new life in the Cornish countryside.
Dona's thirst for authentic human interaction and adventure is satiated upon arrival as she meets the enigmatic and entrancing French pirate, Jean Benout Aubery. Previously a wealthy landowner, Aubery reveals that much like Dona, he too left his old life behind in search of greater things. Described by Daphne du Maurier as the only romantic story she ever wrote, Frenchman's Creek is an escapist tale of a woman's search for swashbuckling adventure despite the responsibilities which tie her down and threaten to contain her.
Women's freedom, a recurring theme in du Maurier's work, is prevalent in Frenchman's Creek and the story is said to have been written at a time when Daphne was eager to escape from the threat of war in 1941. A true tale of escapism, this audiobook delivers a powerful message about motherhood, romance and duty, and is continually propelled forward by the author's incredible skill and imagination.
John Castle is a classically trained English actor and graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Best known for his performances in I, Claudius, The Lion in Winter, Man of La Mancha, Blow-Up and RoboCop 3, he has acted alongside the likes of Peter O'Toole, Vanessa Redgrave and Dame Peggy Ashcroft.
A celebrated stage performer, he's starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company's revival of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, The Royal National Theatre's Hamlet and The English Shakespeare Company's War of the Roses. John is also no stranger to the small screen and can be seen more recently in Casualty, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Spooks, Midsomer Murders and The Tractate Middoth.
For more of John Castle's audiobook narrations, listen to William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair.
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By Anne on 25-05-11
A pure delight
The most delightful love story. Beautifully written, in typical Du Maurier style. Searching for this book on line eventually brought me to 'Audible", as although i knew "Frenchman's Creek" existed in this format, unabridged and read by John Castle, it seemed impossible to buy. Now i am quietly working my way through the Audible Du Maurier library. Frenchman's Creek is one of Du Maurier's shorter novels, and leaves the reader/listener longing for more, but there really is not one word too few or too many. It will make you want to visit Cornwall at the next possible opportunity, as is the case in many of her novels. This one, however, has charm, romance, and a little bit of comedy, all wrapped up in the same short book. If you have never read anything by Daphne du Maurier, i suggest you start with this. You will definitely look for more.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By C on 05-03-11
So excited that this is on audio
I waited a long time for this particular Daphne Du Maurier. You can almost taste the salt in the air, and hear the birds calling. Well written, well narrated and wonderfully evocative, a true love story. A must for any lover of well written books.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Tara on 05-05-10
Spellbinding...I loved every moment!
I've loved this book for years (so I may not be impartial!) A cross between a Historical romance and an introspective novel, Frenchman's Creek is set during the English Restoration period. The story line has a dreamy quality to it that was enhanced by the narration.
The quick gist of the book: Lady Dona, married with 2 children, but dissatisfied, frustrated, and unhappy with herself and her life, leaves London for rural Devon. Intending to take the time to re-evaluate her life and its purpose, she is unaware that her estate has been the hideout of a notorious French pirate, Jean Benoit Aubrey. Inevitably, the two meet, and have a profound impact on one another. Frenchman's creek is a refuge for both Dona and her pirate, but for different reasons. Ultimately, it comes to symbolize peace and self respect for Lady Dona.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Diane on 26-01-11
Starts slow, finishes good!
I am a big fan of Daphne Du Maurier. I was disappointed at the beginning and well into it for 2 of the 8+ hours as it was slow and like a romance novel anyone could have written. However, I stuck with it and it was worth it. It picks up in the middle and becomes more intrigue and surprise that Du Maurier is known for. Good Du Maurier book. Excellent Narrator.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful