The Birds

  • by Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by Michael Sinclair, Barbara Rosenblat, Katherine Kellgren, James Langton
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A classic of alienation and horror, The Birds was immortalized by Hitchcock in his celebrated film. The five other chilling stories in this collection echo a sense of dislocation and mock man's dominance over the natural world. The mountain paradise of "Monte Verità" promises immortality but at a terrible price; a neglected wife haunts her husband in the form of an apple tree; a professional photographer steps out from behind the camera and into his subject's life; a date with a cinema usherette leads to a walk in the cemetery; and a jealous father finds a remedy when three's a crowd....

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What the Critics Say

"Anyone starting this book under the impression that he may sleepily relax is in for a shock...continually provokes both pity and terror." [The Observer (UK)]

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Customer Reviews

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A good collection of short stories

Daphne du Maurier was a masterful novelist, and most of her short stories are worth reading, especially most of those included here:

1. THE BIRDS is iconic, and needs no introduction.

2. MONTE VERITA is a story that is at once paranormal and romantic in the several senses of that word. A seventy year-old man looks back on his youth and his passion for mountain climbing. He remembers his best friend Victor's heartbreak when his stunning Welsh bride chose a different life, an existence in an otherworldly mountain community.

3. THE APPLE TREE is a creepy tale with a touch of Algernon Blackwood about it. Our first person narrator, a recently widowed gentleman with little self-understanding or awareness, is tormented by an apple tree in many unusual ways.

4. THE LITTLE PHOTOGRAPHER finds the divinely beautiful Marquise and her children in a seaside resort. La Marquise is elegant, spoiled, entitled, and easily bored. But when she takes advantage of a diversion, she comes to know how ruinous the incidental expenses of travel can be.

5. KISS ME AGAIN, STRANGER is an oft-anthologized story, and one frequently adapted for teleplays, but that's because it's a good one. Again, the paranormal and the romantic intersect in what first appears to be a simple boy-meets-girl affair, but turns out to be something more dangerous.

6. THE OLD MAN is a disturbing, strange sort of tale, almost a fairy story out of Grimm.

The narrations are good overall, but the sound quality and levels are a bit uneven in places.
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- Die Falknerin

Enjoyable

A selection of (5) short stories, each quite different. "The Birds", of course, is a well-known title, but don't expect much similarity to the famous film. I think the story is much moodier.
The remaining stories are all unique, all are well narrated. ( my personal favorite is "Kiss Me Again, Stranger")
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- Ruth Bain

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-06-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio