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Publisher's Summary

A happily married woman commits suicide for no apparent reason; a young man tries to break some important news to the beautiful girl he had hoped to marry; a con girl plays the same bold game too often and a novelist embarks on a romantic adventure but is woefully disappointed.
In all these stories, glimpses into personal lives are vividly portrayed, but they are all written with warmth and are wonderfully evocative.
©2005 Daphne du Maurier (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Die Falknerin on 02-02-13

A rewarding listen

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.

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By Katdeeza on 07-31-13

Wrap it up Please!

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...

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By Jason on 09-01-12

Brilliant

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.

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By Mrs Kate Evans on 11-30-14

Absolutely loved it.

Would you listen to The Rendezvous and Other Stories again? Why?

Would definitely listen again to pick up the subtleties of the stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rendezvous and Other Stories?

The ending of most!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I most enjoyed The Lover.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither laughed nor cried but was totally engrossed.

Any additional comments?

Vintage Du Maurier.

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