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If you've not read any du Maurier short stories, what a treat this collection is!
Fourteen stories, first published in 1980, are included: No Motive, Panic, The Supreme Artist, Adieu Sagesse, Fairytale, The Rendezvous, La Sainte-Vierge, Leading Lady, Escort, The Lover, The Closing Door, Indiscretion, Angels and Archangels, and Split Second.
Each story is a brilliant gem, showing du Maurier to be a master of this difficult form of writing. She is able to fully illuminate character and provide an engaging story question with immediacy and interest.
Some stories are heart-breaking, some darkly comic. At times the innocent suffer, at others the arrogant are brought down. Each one improves upon acquaintance, revealing more with each listen.
As if that were not enough, Edward de Souza's narration is pitch-perfect. He has the range, sophistication, and emotion to portray each character accurately.
If you love a well-turned phrase and a twist in your tales, give this collection a listen. You're sure to be rewarded time and again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I'm a fan of Daphne's novels, but felt left hanging and frustrated with the vague and inconclusive endings of these short stories. Perhaps it's just a literary style that doesn't appeal to me since the ratings were high for this book. Sadness...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Didn't realise what a master of the short story Daphne du Maurier was until I listened to these. Great stories, very varied, nicely read, and many feel very contemporary. Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This was an absolutely amazing performance by Edward DeSousa. One of the most brilliant audible stories yet.....I cannot believe that all the different voices, accents and styles were from one performer.
So much so that it led me to research the background of the narrator and, in fact his background is in Hull and I loved his ?Hull accent in one of the marine stories which contrasts significantly with the "well to do"accents that often prevail in this genre.
Daphne du Maurier is at her very best in the short stories they just blew me away, each and every story made me stand back at the end and take at least 10 minutes to digest!
A great listen for when you're busy doing other things, driving, decorating dog walking even trying to get to sleep!
But I advise you may become sidetracked and thoughtful and not get the decorating done as quick as you had planned... Well, that's my excuse...
5 of 5 people found this review helpful