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Du Maurier is of course world famous for many of her novels. These two stories are perhaps even better known as films (The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock and Don't Look Now by Nic Roeg), but here we bring you the full terrifying texts, superbly read by Peter Capaldi, who brings the true dimension of these works to the imagination.
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Hmmmmmm

THE BIRDS
This was the very first horror film I ever saw. I had nightmares over the guy in his pajamas with his eyes pecked out. This story in written form is fairly good. Apocalypse fans should love it. I would have liked some explanation for why the birds did what they did and he ending was a little abrupt.

DON'T LOOK NOW
For paranormal fans only. I did not find it scary and the ending was silly.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelley
  • CA, United States
  • 08-27-12

Five star everything

Peter Capaldi is a BRILLIANT actor and the stories are both excellent. Don't Look Now is troubling. The Birds is terrifying. Du Maurier did a great job on both.

Buy It!!!

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  • Paul
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • 12-16-11

Excellent reads of two classic Du Maurier stories

Two of the less typical Du Maurier stories -- short stories, not novels. Both are familiar from movies: Hitchcock's "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now" (1973) with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. These original stories are as eerie as the movies. Superbly read here.

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Images Burnt into My Brain

I have listened to The Birds and Don't Look Now once. There will not be a second reading or listening. Before you get the idea that I am panning these works, let me hasten to assure you, that Ms. Du Maurier's talents are unequaled. Peter Capaldi did an amazing performance of the works. Nevertheless, for me, there will not be a second reading ever. My nature could not endure it. To a lesser degree, I feel the same way about Rebecca, another Du Maurier work. She is so vivid, that she burns the images on the brain. Once is enough.

I have never watched Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds only films clips and such. From what I remember from glimpses of the movie as I passed the drive in theaters, I just don't think Hitchcock could equal Du Maurier's images. What did Yogi Bera say, I liked the book best because the pictures were better? Well, the book is better but I am not equal to it at least not twice.

Oh, I see that I failed to mention "Don't Look Now". It is a shock to one's system. Don't read it unless you have a strong constitution.

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great but hard to hear

The stories and performance were awesome, but it was recorded so low that a had to max out my car radio to even hear it.

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Great classic thrillers/horror

Every word is carefully and artfully used to describe the events in each story.
Not the endings you would think. Loved it

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Fantastic!

Both stories were so creepy and well written and will stay with me for a very long time.

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Fantastic!

The book of The Birds is better than the movie. it makes more sense set in a coastal English farming village than in the San Francisco Bay area. It's also a lot scarier with a young family than it is with some image industry executive and a "madcap heiress" type. It just isn't a California story. It is, like the best of Agatha Christie's novels, about not taking the sense of community present in an English village for granted; and about vigilantly safeguarding what is truly important to one.


Peter Capaldi does an excellent job, here. His vocal quality and range are comparable to and similar to those of Richard E. Grant. Whatever school/theory of enunciation they subscribe to renders the adherent's voice resonant, and even makes a virtue of nasality. Capaldi's acting is top-notch.

I would write about the second story on the recording, here, but anything I said would thoroughly spoil it. However: YOU MUST HEAR IT.

That is all.

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Excellent story plus...

These two stories were wonderfully written and performed. If you have ever seen Hitchcock's The Birds then read this because it is far different. The ending was amazing for both stories. Don't Look Now was filled with so many twists that it keeps you on the edge of your seat. BONUS: Capaldi with an Italian accent. Can the man get any sexier?!

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Really great suspense

What did you love best about The Birds & Don't Look Now?

I loved the suspense. Even if you've seen the movies these stories still deliver

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

The reader brings a sense of tense action to the stories, speaking softly it creates a real mood.

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  • paul c geddes
  • 02-18-16

love it very good

love it great story always helps me to nodd off at night when i cant sleep one of my all time favs

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  • Paula Diggle
  • 05-01-17

Flawed

Good tales, well written and well read. Spoiled (for me anyway) by incidental music which adds nothing and intrudes.

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  • Vjay
  • 09-29-16

Two great stories

Don't look now is the better of the 2 stories in my opinion. They are both excellent thrillers, brill performance.

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  • J
  • 01-12-17

nicely done, but terribke music

the first time i was permitted to stay up late and watch "grown ups telly" was when there was a Hitchcock double bill on. i don't recall the second film, but remember clearly sitting through the psychological horror of "the birds". i was about 8 or 10, and already well versed in Stephen King, and Tolkein, and i still recall the vividness of my loungeroom snd our giant television in the corner near the fireplace. i was often wary of that fireplace, but for other reasons.

hearing the book, and inspiration for the film, for the first time, i was mesmerised by the imagery, and how much of it was both lost, yet captured, by the film.

Capaldi's narration is suberb. his characterisation is wonderfully considered, and very much in touch with the narrative of each tale. the only real negative i can note is the terrible music placement and the hotrible way it is mixed.

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  • Catherine
  • 06-03-16

Well-written and well-told

Tense, haunting stories that grip you and have you hooked until their end. Skillfully told by Mr Capaldi, whose talents as an actor and storyteller shine.