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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

Critic Reviews

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

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 05-13-17

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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A Perfect Ending

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.

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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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Great Concept, Lackluster Execution...

This book was recommended to me for my love of all things "time travel." I was excited to get started, but soon found myself rather bored, and completely unconnected to the main character. He is a man who clearly hates his family, spends the entire story lying to them, treating them with disdain, and ultimately learns nothing, nor changes. He has no growth, and no character developement... I really couldn't care less whether he lived or died. The author should have done something to engage us in him other than having him be a window / bystander to events long gone by.

The story's concept is fantastic, but its execution is dull and uneventful. Nothing of importance seems to happen in the present or the past, leaving you feeling empty at the end. There's no healing, no resolution, no climax...

The audio is good enough, not bad at all, but the narrarator is a little monotone, seeming bored himself at times. Skip this one.

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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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  • Liane
  • Oceanside, CA
  • 06-29-17

Epic.

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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  • JC
  • YAKIMA, WA, United States
  • 05-01-18

The Ending Was Perfect

I'm surprised so many people didn't like the ending. I found it perfect, satisfying. Science fiction that is plausible, not flashy. Du Maurier is a gripping storyteller, underrated.

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Great book, loved the history and time travel

Would you consider the audio edition of The House on the Strand to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version

What other book might you compare The House on the Strand to and why?

Rebecca-same author, similar eerieness and sense of other world

What about Ron Keith’s performance did you like?

good cadence changed voices for characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Get sucked in to another world of decades past

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British history and mystery

If you like the British countryside, a bit of medieval history and science “potions” then this book is for you! The main character struggles between his real life drama and going back in time - I also like the dialogue and imagery

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Reread

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