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The Birds & Don't Look Now

Narrated by: Peter Capaldi
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.
Public Domain (P)2006 Horse's Mouth

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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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Fantastic!

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

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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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Two tales of horror, each unique

The Birds is best known as the source for the Hitchcock movie, but the book has more of the relentlessness and persistence of the evil elements of nature than the moralistic overtones of a Hollywood movie of the 50s or 60s. The "East wind" brings bad weather, misfortune or even evil, as literary references from pre-biblical times on have said it would. In the past that meant cold rain, locusts, or even war - here it means destructive birds working in concert to attack all of England. The fact that there is no reason for the horror makes it even more frightening.

The Birds seems very much more Du Maurier-esque than Don't Look Now, which is more psychologically creepy than real-world horrific. This is the story of a couple vacationing in Venice trying to rebuild themselves and their marriage after the death of their daughter. It involves psychic visions (realized and unrealized), mysterious twins, blindness and second sight, and mistaken identity. I found it a little more scattered and less focused than The Birds, but it might just be a preference of mine for natural evil over psychic visions.

The one weak point in this audiobook is the poor audio quality, as if it was an old analogue recording in mono, even though the release date is 2008.

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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.

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  • FCD117
  • Pennsylvania
  • 02-02-19

Excellent - Wow

This is my first experience with Daphne Du Maurer. I loved both of these stories. The narration was also excellent. I intend to read more of this author. Thank You...

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Exciting story telling.

The writing and voice action is excellent. It was enthralling. The arc of the story particularly the ending is somewhat flat but the journey is just wonderful.

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great stories, bad sound

these are wonderful stories that are expertly read however, the sound quality is awful. even at full volume it's difficult to hear.

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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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  • Audrey Pam
  • 09-18-18

Recorded in a cupboard?!

Peter Capaldi is an excellent narrator, and the stories are fantastic, but the recording is appalling! Muffled, inaudible at times?!

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-18

Outstanding stories well-narrated poorly recorded

The Birds and Don't Look Now are oustanding stories and Peter Capaldi's narration is excellent. But the recording is very muffled and the music unnecessary and intrusive.

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  • Jamie Stewart
  • 10-19-18

Brilliance!!

From the first paragraph I knew I would love these stories. The writing is superb, dread inducing and artful. Add in the fantastic narration.

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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.