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Frenchman's Creek Audiobook

Frenchman's Creek

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Publisher's Summary

Bored and restless in London's Restoration Court, Lady Dona escapes into the British countryside with her restlessness and thirst for adventure as her only guides.

Eventually Dona lands in remote Navron, looking for peace of mind in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. She finds the passion her spirit craves in the love of a daring French pirate who is being hunted by all of Cornwall.

Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.

©2014 Daphne du Maurier (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Highly personalized adventure, ultra-romantic mood, and skillful storytelling." (New York Times)

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    Ken Boheim 03-06-15
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    "outstanding performance. Clear, perfect"

    Voice inflection and accents, genders, local dialects are perfect. It was
    like watching a movie in my head. Best reading I have heard.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jean B 11-02-16
    Jean B 11-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautifully read"
    Where does Frenchman's Creek rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a lovely, elegant romance made all the better by the beautiful narration of John Castle.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 06-19-15
    Ruth Bain 06-19-15
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    "Ultimate Historic Romance"

    Another wonderful story by Daphne du Maurier. A sweeping historical romance, with smuggling and pirates. What could be more romantic ?!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kathy073 04-14-15
    kathy073 04-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "My favorite book of all time!"

    Wonderfully written...wonderfully performed!
    This story is timeless! The characters are well written and come alive for the reader and listener!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    tlwiebe1 03-21-15
    tlwiebe1 03-21-15
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    "One of my favorite stories"

    Very enjoyable. I loved reading the book, watching the movie and now listening to it. This will be one I revisit on Audible.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn AZ, USA 03-09-15
    Autumn AZ, USA 03-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Romantic Adventure"

    Great period romance from one of my favorite authors. The detail and poetry of the writing along with the measured performance of the narrator create a story which you can't help but visualize and which leaves me feeling as though I had watched a movie rather than listened to a book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Bakersville, NC, United States 11-10-16
    Margaret Bakersville, NC, United States 11-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Mesmerinsingly Romantic"
    Where does Frenchman's Creek rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Frenchmen's Creek ranks in my top ten Audible books..listened twice in a row.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Frenchman's Creek?

    The first line.."When the East wind blows up Helford river... Along with the haunting music and John Castle's voice immediately draws you in to become a part of the story. I hung on every word Daphne Du Maurier wrote..her writing even the dialogues is so poetic!!!


    Have you listened to any of John Castle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First book I read by John Castle..want to read others by him.


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

    It made me smile, reflect poignantly, Want to hear again her mesmerizing descriptions. I visualized everything....what a great movie it could make if done true to the novel.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 07-30-17
    Tracy 07-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great historical adventure"

    This book has a dreamy, vivid, and sensuous quality that pulls you into the characters' lives. It's an escapist adventure, but also deeper and more philosophical than most romantic novels. I found I never quite liked the heroine but I respected and identified with her need to have control over her own destiny, and definitely wanted her to succeed. She faces a dilemma women have faced for thousands of years: the choice between family and occupation. Her situation makes the reader sympathetic, but she isn't always the most ethical or responsible person, and the reader is kept in suspense about what her choice will be. Maybe this is what makes her a believable character.

    The narrator is excellent and really does justice to all the characters, including the ones with French accents. I think I enjoyed it as an audio book more than I would have as a printed book, because the narration made the characters come alive so well. Anyone who likes historical fiction is likely to enjoy this story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Dozier Salt Lake City, UT 01-28-17
    Vanessa Dozier Salt Lake City, UT 01-28-17
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    "Heart achingly good"

    I love Daphne du Maurier and this is one of my favorites of hers. The narrator was superb.

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    Suzanne-Marie 12-04-16
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    "An excellent author in search of a story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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    What do you think your next listen will be?

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    Have you listened to any of John Castle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I hadn't , however, I'll seek him out in future.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation. In my opinion, Daphne du Maurier created a " thin" story, with characters of flat-dimension -- &, about whom I couldn't care, though, for the first @1/4 I did have hope! I thought the "love story" wasn't believable & lacked passion -- I'd go so far as to say, "ridiculous"! I realize this was written in a very different era, however, some of her other stories have characters about which I could be interested at least to a degree.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought that, as woman, mother and lover, protagonist, "Donna" was a big "so what"; same with her semi-available pirate-lover. This story seems to me to be a "let's just write something", non-effort. I remember that , when I read it as a teenager, I thought the same: why bother, Ms Du Maurier, other than to churn something out? Story didn't improve with decades!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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