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Hungry Hill is Daphne du Maurier's seventh novel. Whilst there are now 33 printed editions, it was an instant best-seller in 1943 and is based on the Irish ancestors of du Maurier's close acquaintance, Christopher Puxley.

Following five generations of Clonmere Castle owners, the audiobook is divided into sections, mapping the route of the inheritance and tracing the bloodline of the Brodrick clan. From Copper John and Greyhound John through to Wild Johnnie, Henry and Hal, the rivalry between their family and that of the castle's previous owners, the Donovans, is at the forefront of the narrative. The often terrible consequences of their continuing conflict are sketched throughout each generation and du Maurier's witty account serves to ridicule and shed light on human weaknesses, in particular, our inability to forgive.

Weaving in the elements of history and romance that we have come to expect and appreciate of du Maurier's writing, Hungry Hill is a highly accomplished and captivating story of pride, family, the evils of greedy capitalism and of course, love.

Narrator Biography

Maureen O'Brien is an English actress and author, best known for playing the role of Vicki in Doctor Who, where she starred alongside the original Doctor, William Hartnell. She then went on to appear in The Legend of King Arthur, Casualty, The Duchess of Duke Street, Taggart, Cracker, A Touch of Frost, Heartbeat and Jonathan Creek. In 1985 she made a rare film appearance in the comedy She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas opposite Julie Walters.

Maureen has also acted in a number of stage productions, including The Relapse (Old Vic), The Merchant of Venice (Old Vic), The Archbishop's Ceiling (Bristol Old Vic) and Othello (Bristol Old Vic).

Her audiobook titles include Henry James' What Maisie Knew, D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love and George Eliot's Middlemarch.

©1943 Daphne Du Maurier; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Beverly
  • Naples, NY, United States
  • 07-15-10

A Grand Tale

This is a lovely, tragic story by Daphne DuMaurier and very nice to listen to. The narrator was able to give character to the many different family members of the Broderick family and the Dunehaven families and miners as well.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • W.Denis
  • Savannah, GA, United States
  • 03-24-10

Subject Matter

Books about family generations coping with some curse tend to be full of people who come to dislike each other and live in seemingly endless conflict. While this great author handles all of this very well the result is still a remorseful tale which I could have done without. Another theme is the world against Ireland which I have heard quite enough of.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms
  • 01-04-14

Didn't finish it!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story was relentlessly depressing - and I'm a fan of Du Maurier!

What will your next listen be?

Something epic that I can lose myself in.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Maureen O'Brien?

I don't think it would have mattered who read it - it just didn't grab me.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really!

Any additional comments?

It's the only book I've bought that I couldn't finish. All the others have been great.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • 08-02-13

Loved it the whole way through

The story of the copper mine is developed through time and it is easy to linger and be absorbed by each character. very enjoyable indeed.

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  • Ms. Kay Fenton
  • 01-01-14

Disappointed

Would you try another book written by Daphne Du Maurier or narrated by Maureen O'Brien?

I am a great fan of Daphne Du Maurier so would always try another of her books. Narration was good.

What was most disappointing about Daphne Du Maurier’s story?

I waited for something to happen. It was just one repeat family negative trait one generation after another. Not my thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 07-06-14

A bit long winded

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, it had an interesting subject matter but the legal issues were a bit drawn out.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Good ending

What three words best describe Maureen O'Brien’s performance?

Good narration.

Do you think Hungry Hill needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, a follow up would not provide any more information and would likely just be a repeat of the subject matter of the book. I would not be interested in a follow up.

Any additional comments?

Interesting subject matter which explores the relationship between black and white people and communities in America.

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  • Peter
  • 12-14-13

Hungry Hill

What did you like most about Hungry Hill?

The story of five generations of the Brodrick family, landholders in Dunhaven Ireland starting in 1820 when "Copper John" Brodrick cements a deal to start a copper mine at Hungry Hill. <br/><br/>The story culminates in 1920 as the last of the line John-Henry returns from the Great War in 1920 to reclaim the family estate and finds himself unwittingly involved in the Irish rebellion.<br/>

2 of 4 people found this review helpful