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The Scapegoat | [Daphne du Maurier]

The Scapegoat

All he ever did in life was watch people, never partake in their happiness or pain. No family, no ties, no entanglements, no friends, nothing infinitely precious. But where John’s life was drearily detached, Jean’s was over-encumbered by the ties John lacked - a warring family, an ailing business, a sordid past. When they came face to face, Jean could not resist the opportunity to escape the trials of his messy existence. John, driven into the deception, faces the horror of his altar-ego’s careless cruelty as he is drawn helplessly into a web of lies - and of love.
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All he ever did in life was watch people, never partake in their happiness or pain. No family, no ties, no entanglements, no friends, nothing infinitely precious.

But where John’s life was drearily detached, Jean’s was over-encumbered by the ties John lacked - a warring family, an ailing business, a sordid past.

When they came face to face, Jean could not resist the opportunity to escape the trials of his messy existence. John, driven into the deception, faces the horror of his altar-ego’s careless cruelty as he is drawn helplessly into a web of lies - and of love.

©1957 Daphne du Maurier Browning (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-18-12
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Yet to be disappointed by DuMaurier"

    Rebecca is still the pinnacle, but this one is excellent. Good story of a "mistaken" identity type that leads to more. Even when DuMaurier is writing more of a Romance type, which this is not, this is more of a mystery story, she is still a very good writer, not clunky like so many now. I have read/listened to many of hers and enjoyed them all, Hungry Hill and Mary Ann being least favorite so far. But I recommend this one to people after Rebecca, and then probably My Cousin Rachael.
    If you want car chases look elsewhere, DuMaurier always leans heavily toward the character side and immerses you in her world.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anca GErmantown, TN, United States 09-17-12
    Anca GErmantown, TN, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "storytelling at its best"

    Fascinating story , draws you in, never lets you go. Sorry when it ended. Actor reading it was perfect

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charmaine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 09-19-12
    Charmaine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 09-19-12 Member Since 2012

    I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!

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    "THE UNBELIEVABLE IS BELIEVABLE"

    It seems impossible that an author could make one believe that a 'doppelganger' could so easily assume the role of another. How does an imposter play the role of father, brother and son, sign papers and so quickly 'know' the detail and history of a whole family? Ask du Maurier... This book could be viewed as bordering on science fiction. But no...the writing skill of this accomplished author makes the whole absurd situation quite believable. The work of a true master spoils the reader - makes one wish she was still alive and writing - to spare one from the modern cardboard characters in unbelievable, absurd situations...This was my second time around with The Scapegoat. I read it 40 years ago - enjoyed it as much now as then. And the narration was EXCELLENT. Vale!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-18-12
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Deception and redemption"

    A mere spectator in his own life, John encounters Jean, his doppleganger, who is desperately trying to manage his own messy and overwheliming life. Jean escapes, essentially thrusting John into his (Jean's) identity against his will. But to John's surprise, he finds he's pretty good at the deception, and is becoming both facinated and obsessed with the situation. Without tipping his hand, John deftly elicits needed information from family, neighbors and business associates using his wits, his instincts and more than a little luck. Mistakes are made, but explanations are found, most often by those who are being fooled.

    DuMaurier goes beyond the conventional Hollywood doubles-exchanging-roles farce, and through John's own thoughts asks us to consider the ethics of interfering with lives without the responsibility of having to live with the consequences. Can he make changes in relationships and family dynamics and still remain an uninvolved spectator? To masquerade as Jean will he have to behave in ways that conflict with his own morals? Can he remain innocent of actions that he performs in the name of another man? John realizes the irony of getting his wish - he finds involvement and connection in his life, but it's not his life. What would be wrong with claiming it anyway since Jean has so obviously given it to him? The resolution of these questions is masterful.

    Well written, well read, well recommended.

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    Joanna Hillsboro Beach, FL USA 06-02-12
    Joanna Hillsboro Beach, FL USA 06-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fascinating"
    Would you listen to The Scapegoat again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened to it a couple times and always find it intriguing. Ms. Du Maurier covered all the bases when it came to the pitfalls of one man masquerading as another. the only one she couldn't resolve was the master's dog.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, John, who handled the situation so wisely.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Shelley – was your favorite?

    John


    If you could take any character from The Scapegoat out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    John


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of DuMaurier's best stories and I wish it could be made into a film

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree United States 04-01-12
    Desiree United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2009

    Researcher/oral historian and fitness enthusiast from Austin, TX, currently residing in San Diego. I love to read, but traditional books require a person to be sedentary while reading. Audio books make it possible for me to increase both my physical activity and reading quantity.

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    "Surprise ending"

    Wonderful, original suspense/mystery! Good performance. du Maurier is the original master of this genre. Hitchcock got it all from her! Well worth the credits/money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra B Sioux City 04-29-14
    Debra B Sioux City 04-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "OK, but not her best"

    I am a huge fan of Daphne du Maurier, but this one was just OK. du Maurier has a certain fresh way of painting a scene and that is still here in parts, but the story lagged some for me. The basic plot isn't bad. Glad I read it, though.

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    Joyce SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 06-19-13
    Joyce SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 06-19-13
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    "A good story depicting how different people react"
    Would you listen to The Scapegoat again? Why?

    Yes! I enjoyed how a man that had no interest in life fell into a dysfuntiional family and cured some of its ills.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't think of the man that was duped but I thought his reaction to being put into a very difficult situation was admirable.


    What does Paul Shelley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed the accents and the change of voice with the different characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, I don't sit that long to read or listen - I enjoyed listening to it while working on a craft project


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    julie mobile, AL, United States 02-15-14
    julie mobile, AL, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

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    "What if this could really happen? Fascinating!"
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    I love her books. They're so intensely deep and thought-provoking. Narration was perfect. Not long after I listened to this on audio the movie aired on TV! What a pleasant but disappointing surprise because the movie didn't follow the books ending. Still..... Very enjoyable and engrossing read! No spoilers .... Just sit back and prepare to be fully entertained and captivated.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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