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Publisher's Summary

The lost stories of Daphne du Maurier, collected in one volume for the first time.

Before she wrote Rebecca, the novel that would cement her reputation as a twentieth-century literary giant, a young Daphne du Maurier penned short fiction in which she explored the images, themes, and concerns that informed her later work. Originally published in periodicals during the early 1930s, many of these stories never found their way into print again... until now.

Tales of human frailty and obsession, and of romance gone tragically awry, the 13 stories in The Doll showcase an exciting budding talent before she went on to write one of the most beloved novels of all time. In these pages, a waterlogged notebook washes ashore revealing a dark story of jealousy and obsession, a vicar coaches a young couple divided by class issues, and an older man falls perilously in love with a much younger woman - with each tale demonstrating du Maurier’s extraordinary storytelling gifts and her deep understanding of human nature.

©2011 Chichester Partnership (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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Almost but I expected more

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

There are a few really good moments but these shorts feel like this is Du Maurier as she is discovering her voice. Some interesting character moments but the plots of the stories lack punch.

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

A great reader, trying to draw the characters out of each story.

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  • Diann
  • San Clemente, CA, United States
  • 02-11-13

Always Loved Daphne du Maurier's Books but. . .

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No. Not really. Easy to navigate.

Would you be willing to try another book from Daphne Du Maurier? Why or why not?

Of course. She's a wonderful writer and weaves a good tale. I've read almost all her works except for these short stories.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This was tough for me to get through. The reading was ok, but her way of expression was not for me. Sounded pretentious and a little over the top. I prefer narration to be more believable. I would hire another narrator.

Did The Doll inspire you to do anything?

No.

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  • George
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • 01-03-12

A highly enjoyable and delicious collection

This is a very enjoyable collection of Daphne du Maurier short stories, which brings together a varied but fast paced range of writing styles.

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