- Narrated by: Tony Britton
- Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 27-12-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
After the untimely death of her mother, Mary Yellan travels across the untamed and desolate Cornish moors in search of her only living relative. A resolute and inspirational heroine, 23-year-old Mary finds her aunt, Patience Merlyn, in a desolate and irksome Inn on Bodmin Moor. Realising that the stark and forbidding Jamaica Inn is tainted with corruption, Mary is resolved to help her aunt survive and escape from the clutches of her abusive husband, Joss Merlyn, and the ominous and illicit trade that he conducts there.
First published in 1936, Jamaica Inn came at a time when most authors focussed their attention on issues of poverty, psychology, fascism and religion, following the devastating impact of the First World War and the Spanish Civil War. Having always been captivated by 19th century literature, Daphne du Maurier differed from her contemporaries and ignored modern trends. She set out to write captivating stories that stimulated the imagination and unsurprisingly, Jamaica Inn went on to become one of her most celebrated works. A tale of intrigue, suspense and evil, Jamaica Inn is an exciting adventure for listeners of all ages and a true testament to the enviable skill which Daphne du Maurier possessed as a storyteller.
Celebrated English actor, Tony Britton, has delighted audiences since the 1950's. Having performed at the likes of the Bristol Old Vic and London's Winter Garden Theatre, Tony has taken on iconic roles in plays including, The Seagull, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Romeo and Juliet and My Fair Lady. Whilst being a renaissance man of the theatre, Tony has also pursued film and TV roles and can be seen in blockbusters such as The Birthday Present, Suspect, Sunday Bloody Sunday and The Day of the Jackal. His TV credits include Robin's Nest and Don't Wait Up.
Tony adds Jamaica Inn to his list of audiobook narrations which also include, Robinson Crusoe, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Hay Fever and Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite. He has three children who have all followed in his footsteps and work in the entertainment industry; among them is TV and Radio presenter, Fern Britton.
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By L on 03-04-11
Great story, bad choice of narrator
This is an wonderful story, full of suspense and excitement. A young woman, with no other relatives or friends in the world, travels to Jamaica Inn to live with her aunt uncle. Far from the safe haven that she had hoped for, dastardly deeds and terror await her there. Tony Britten is excellent in voicing the male characters, but very bad indeed at female voices. This did rather spoil the experience for me unfortunately.
20 of 21 people found this review helpful
By Jules on 15-05-08
A wonderfully read version, atmospheric as ever and the narrator really brings Joss Merlin to life as a frightening character and there is a lovely variety between the voices used. I have only given this 4 stars however because the female voices were not so good, although acceptable. The story itself surely needs no explanation!
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By Anne Harris on 21-05-10
Keep an open mind and try to avoid spoilers
I first read this book as a girl and it was one of the spookiest experiences I can remember. I think it's a real shame that one of the other reviewers here chose to reveal key plot elements in the review because when I first read this I knew nothing of the plot and that added a lot to the experience (sort of bluebeard's chamber type suspense). I admit that coming back to it as an adult it lost a little eeriness: I think I could relate better to Mary's sense of being trapped at Jamaica Inn better as a kid than I can now. But if you like suspense I think you'll like this gothic novel with a cornish twist.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Jennifer on 06-08-10
I adore DuMaurier, so this is kind of hard. This is one of the few books of her's that I never got a chance to finish, so I figured taking the audio version on vacation would be perfect. Unfortunately this is my least favorite DuMaurier book so far. The narration is great, the story is interesting, and late at night I did get freaked out a little by one of the creepier parts (kudos to the narrator all around). But in the end I was left feeling a little let down by DuMaurier, possibly because I could read Rebecca or The King's General or Frenchman's Creek every day for the rest of my life and be perfectly content. This just seemed like she was barely warming up to her prime. Still, if you're a DuMaurier fan you will probably want to check this out. I dont think I'll ever read it or listen to it again, but as a loyal fan I'm glad I at least experienced it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful