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The House on the Strand Audiobook

The House on the Strand

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Publisher's Summary

Dick Young is lent a house in Cornwall by his friend Professor Magnus Lane. During his stay he agrees to serve as a guinea pig for a new drug that Magnus has discovered in his scientific research.

When Dick samples Magnus' potion, he finds himself doing the impossible: traveling through time while staying in place, thrown all the way back into Medieval Cornwall. The concoction wears off after several hours, but its effects are intoxicating and Dick cannot resist his newfound powers. As his journeys increase, Dick begins to resent the days he must spend in the modern world, longing ever more fervently to get back into his world of centuries before, and the home of the beautiful Lady Isolda....

©2014 Daphne du Maurier (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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"The House on the Strand is prime du Maurier." (New York Times)

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    J. Winhusen 03-19-16
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    Any additional comments?

    Another reviewer was disappointed by the ending, but when listening to that climactic scene in which an unexpected twist reveals a second, deeper meaning, I found myself in tears of wonder, joy, and sorrow. I've rarely experienced a more satisfying ending to a story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Liane Oceanside, CA 06-29-17
    Liane Oceanside, CA 06-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    This book is incredible, and with quite the unexpected plot. If you like Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, you will love this one too.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-13-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-13-17
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    "Du Maurier writes wonderfully mysterious stories!"

    I read Daphne Du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel and loved it, so I picked up both Rebecca and The House on the Strand right away. I love this one too! And honestly, the whole time travel aspect was not something I was looking forward to as I am not a fan of science fiction. However this book is intricate and complex and unique. It is partly historical fiction, partly mystery. The characters inspire empathy; they are sometimes likable and often detestable. They are flawed and very real.

    But my favorite part of Du Maurier's books are the endings. In both of the books I have read so far she leaves the ending mysterious. The reader is left with questions and wanting to know more. Even the author herself, in later interviews, seems to question exactly what happened next for her characters. It is a lovely cliff-hanger that makes you want to read more by and about the author!

    Ron Keith is new to me, but I liked his narration very much. I believed him as Dick Young.

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    winterspell 06-13-16
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    "Wonderful SURPRISE w/ SURPRISE ending!"

    Perhaps the title of this novel threw me off, as I was not expecting the uniquely absorbing, strange sci-fi / magical realism tale that quickly ravels. Du Maurier's weaving of multiple realities - which at times seem almost precipitously ready to unravel - creates a highly suspenseful push/pull effect.

    This laxity at multiple seams, leaves the reader (in my opinion) in a pleasantly tenuous world of a myriad of mysterious possibilities. One in which the final conclusion manages to simultaneously unravel/ravel...dispel, while still mystifying.

    The narrator is a little kooky sounding (some name pronunciations r intense) but he reads well & may be an oddly great match for the material.

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    barnowl 11-15-17
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    I read this ba k in the 70s enjoyed it then and even more as an audible book.

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    "The End?!!!!"

    Great story but what the heck is up with that ending?! I will not be reading this author again, as I walk away shaking my head wondering why I spent 11 hours listening to a book that lies flat at the end.

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    Susan H. MacRae 04-21-15
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    "Disappointing ending"

    I read this years ago and remember it as being riveting, unusual and well written. Those recollections were confirmed, but I had not remembered the ending which at least this time around I found a bit unsatisfying. I want to get my old hardback copy out to make sure the audio version didn't miss a chapter!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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