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.
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Painter, musician, bibliophile...
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.
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...
Without a doubt this is the best audiobook I have bought so far.
Mabey the stories of the standard of Guy de Maupassant and some of the adult short stories of Roald Dahl.
Total relaxation and immersion in the stories (especially after a long days work)
Mary Fallon in No motive, a devasting story that is clever,gripping and wonderfully descriptive and emotive.
I will listen to these stories again, many times, over the next few years. They are the epitome of what a good short story is all about.
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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