• The Doll and Other Stories

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-11-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (11 ratings)

Summary

In this Audible Exclusive production, multi-award-winning actress Hattie Morahan narrates 13 of Daphne du Maurier’s early short stories. Once thought lost to the world, this collection contains all the sinister and intriguing elements that fans have come to expect from the acclaimed British author.
About the Book
The Doll and Other Stories is a collection of five lost tales and eight early stories from Daphne du Maurier. Previously unknown even to du Maurier’s son, these rediscovered works, unearthed in 2011, continue the dark, macabre themes which are present across the author’s back catalogue. Though often overlooked and evidently previously ignored, these early stories demonstrate how du Maurier learned her craft and tested different methods of story-telling.
The title story, 'The Doll', was first mentioned in Du Maurier’s autobiography Myself When Young and is a dark commentary on jealousy and obsession which still manages to shock 80-years after it was written. Originally rejected by magazines and publishers in the 1930s, its journal-like format follows one man’s passionate pursuit of a mysterious violinist.
Other stories included in the collection are the two republished works 'East Wind' and 'The Limpet' which initially appeared in short story collections in the USA, as well as And His Letter Grew Colder and The Happy Valley, both of which were first published in magazines in 1932.
About the Author
Born in London, but having spent most of her life in Cornwall, Daphne du Maurier wasted little time in pursuing a literary career. The majority of the 13 tales featured in The Doll and Other Stories had already been written by the time she was in her mid-20s. Du Maurier was famously shy and reserved, rarely providing interviews and choosing not to refer to herself as Lady or Dame - both of which were titles she had been granted. Despite her most celebrated works, notably Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, and Jamaica Inn, coming later in her career, her skill and cynicism is already on display in this recently assembled collection of short stories.
About the Narrator
Hattie Morahan is an English television, film and stage actress who made her professional debut at 16. After achieving early success at Murray Edwards College, she was awarded a contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company and soon became a regular face in theatres across England. She is perhaps best known for her roles in Euripedes’ Iphigenia at Aulis, William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull where she won an Ian Charleson Award for her role as Nina.
©2011 The Chichester Partnership (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By PB on 28-05-17

Superb!

I loved this collection of early short stories by Daphne Du Maurier and thought some of them could be ranked amongst her best. My particular favourites were the one about the couple going away for the weekend; the story of an affair in letters; and the final monologue. I thought the narrator was superb! My only criticism - I wish there had been a slightly longer gap between stories. But that's minor. This was a very great listening pleasure for me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By a on 22-08-12

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Perhaps not the best of Daphne du Maurier stories, but still worth listening. At times the narrator sounds a little like Anne Atkins of Thought for the Day fame.

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