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.
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.
"Absolutely loved it."
Would definitely listen again to pick up the subtleties of the stories.
The ending of most!
I most enjoyed The Lover.
Neither laughed nor cried but was totally engrossed.
Vintage Du Maurier.
"Lost for words..."the best production I have ever listened to""
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...
I really enjoyed these short stories, as engaging as those of Somerset Maugham . Yes, they are dated but why should that be a sin? The narrator is one of the best on Audible. He brought all the stories to life and provided me with many happy hours. Recommended to all who enjoy a nostalgic period of listening in between other genres (I love thrillers as well!).
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