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Publisher's Summary

A classic of alienation and horror, The Birds was immortalized by Hitchcock in his celebrated film. The five other chilling stories in this collection echo a sense of dislocation and mock man's dominance over the natural world. The mountain paradise of "Monte Verità" promises immortality but at a terrible price; a neglected wife haunts her husband in the form of an apple tree; a professional photographer steps out from behind the camera and into his subject's life; a date with a cinema usherette leads to a walk in the cemetery; and a jealous father finds a remedy when three's a crowd....

©2013 Daphne du Maurier (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Anyone starting this book under the impression that he may sleepily relax is in for a shock...continually provokes both pity and terror." [ The Observer (UK)]

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A good collection of short stories

Daphne du Maurier was a masterful novelist, and most of her short stories are worth reading, especially most of those included here:

1. THE BIRDS is iconic, and needs no introduction.

2. MONTE VERITA is a story that is at once paranormal and romantic in the several senses of that word. A seventy year-old man looks back on his youth and his passion for mountain climbing. He remembers his best friend Victor's heartbreak when his stunning Welsh bride chose a different life, an existence in an otherworldly mountain community.

3. THE APPLE TREE is a creepy tale with a touch of Algernon Blackwood about it. Our first person narrator, a recently widowed gentleman with little self-understanding or awareness, is tormented by an apple tree in many unusual ways.

4. THE LITTLE PHOTOGRAPHER finds the divinely beautiful Marquise and her children in a seaside resort. La Marquise is elegant, spoiled, entitled, and easily bored. But when she takes advantage of a diversion, she comes to know how ruinous the incidental expenses of travel can be.

5. KISS ME AGAIN, STRANGER is an oft-anthologized story, and one frequently adapted for teleplays, but that's because it's a good one. Again, the paranormal and the romantic intersect in what first appears to be a simple boy-meets-girl affair, but turns out to be something more dangerous.

6. THE OLD MAN is a disturbing, strange sort of tale, almost a fairy story out of Grimm.

The narrations are good overall, but the sound quality and levels are a bit uneven in places.

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Enjoyable

A selection of (5) short stories, each quite different. "The Birds", of course, is a well-known title, but don't expect much similarity to the famous film. I think the story is much moodier.
The remaining stories are all unique, all are well narrated. ( my personal favorite is "Kiss Me Again, Stranger")

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Brilliant Performances!

Highly recommend! Exceptional, captivating performances wonderfully enhance, no, bring to life, Daphne du Maurier's intriguing, unexpected, sometimes enchanting, sometimes downright creepy, delicious stories!

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Good, if flawed

The recording quality is not great, but the stories themselves are, and the readings are well done. Stick it out through the fuzzy audio quality - the stories are worth it!

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can't go wrong with Du Maurier!

every story thrilled me! the narrators gave a antique old time type feel. each one made me through enjoy each story more than if I read it myself. I especially loved The Little Photographer narrator.

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Du Maurier does it again!

I adore Daphne du Maurier, and this short story collection did not disappoint. The Birds is one of my all-time favorite short stories, and this adaptation of it was top shelf. The Apple Tree is also excellent and creepy. The only reason this isn't getting 5 stars from me is that I'm just not a fan of the Little Photographer. But every other story, and all of the narrations are so good. Love this collection and highly recommend!

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Varying sound quality between stories

Don’t like that each recorded story has varying sound quality, please make version that’s up to date and consistent. Clearly edited together from older recordings.

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Great short stories!

Unlike Hollywood versions of Daphne Du Maurier stories these well preformed short stories are raw with twists, turns and sometimes spine chilling.

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Six Stories

Six stories, three are fabulous, the other three are just OK. Apparently Hitchcock's favorite author, as he adapted several of her books, I just had to take a look. Narration is good enough.

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ENJOYABLE

What can I say, Daphne du Maurier is in a class by herself. I usually don’t like short stories, but enjoyed these stories. The narrators were will chosen. My thanks to all involved, JK