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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
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
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.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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
Would you consider the audio edition of Jamaica Inn to be better than the print version?
I have only listened to the audio version, so I can't compare. But I think the print version would probably be better as the narrator did not do female voices well & the main character was female
What was one of the most memorable moments of Jamaica Inn?
The wonderful descriptions of the Moors & finding out about the 'Wreckers'. Haunting.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Female voices. The main character was supposed to be a strong & independent woman, but she just sounded whiny & annoying
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Certainly nothing to laugh about at Jamaica Inn.
Any additional comments?
The narrator didn't do a terrible job, he has a great voice to listen to as he is reading the story, but the voices (mainly the female) were irritating
Loved this novel. It was intriguing wondering what was behind the mystery and it came as a surprise who the real villain was even though there had been hints. I am hoping to visit the Jamaican Inn in Cornwall later this year. The history of those times is quite a gruesome tale!