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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (644 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daphne du Maurier Narrator: Carole Boyd Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781478956358
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She set men’s hearts on fire and scandalized a country

Master storyteller Daphne du Maurier evokes the rise and fall of one of her most unforgettable characters.

An ambitious, stunning, and seductive young woman, Mary Anne finds the single most rewarding way to rise above her miserable cockney world: she will become the mistress to a royal duke. In doing so, she provokes a scandal that rocks Regency, England. Mary Anne glitters with sex, scandal, corruption, and the privileged world of high society.

Based on the true story of one of du Maurier’s own distant relatives, Mary Anne’s love of money and the men who spend it embroil her in risks that threaten her very existence.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina Dudley | 2/5/2014

    " Much as I loved Du Maurier's REBECCA and THE KING'S GENERAL, I've found some of her other books less appealing, this one included. It should be juicy, right? The tale of an ordinary girl who rose to become mistress to the Duke of York in the time of George III. And yet... Du Maurier also writes in a very different style than her usual, I think to imitate Mary Anne's plain speech, but it began to grate on me. So sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela Murray | 2/1/2014

    " Regency sex and fashion is fun. Regency politics is kind of boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tipping Ellis | 1/10/2014

    " I've read every single book du Maurier has written. This is the only one I did not like. A story about a courtier must have been very exciting in 1954. Now that virginity is a ho hum subject this kind of plot no longer holds any interest for the modern world. IMHO "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Delaney | 12/14/2013

    " The middle of this book gets very BORING. I could have skipped 100 pages and not missed anything. I probably would have stopped reading it, but I am on a quest to read everything by Daphne Du Maurier. This was not my favorite by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.M. Moris | 11/29/2013

    " An interesting beginning and ending, but the middle was dry as dust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Newcomb | 11/29/2013

    " She was certainly a woman who knew her own mind "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kayb | 11/29/2013

    " For me this story lacked passion. It is extremely well written & evidently researched accurately. The time and period feels right however I kept waiting for the story to get started, because it seemed to be stuck in first gear and a very pale imitation of Vanity Fair. Mary Anne may well have been notorious in her time but somehow she comes across as tedious, not feisty! I have to say it was a disappointment despite being a very clear and concise account of Regency life in England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 maryam Dustan | 2/15/2013

    " I enjoyed all the story and I admire her character as a woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne Hoffmann | 2/13/2013

    " Read it as a teenager. The first book I read by Daphne du Maurier. Can't remember details, but do know it lead me to read others she wrote. Also remember having her writing style move me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/10/2012

    " Good historical fiction, but not a thriller in the vein of Rebecca. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meera Srikant | 9/26/2012

    " Interesting read, but not Du Maurier's best. Maybe her Rebecca makes it difficult for her to live up to expectations. Also, this being a biography, she must have been bound by facts. But overall, readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Zinner | 1/24/2012

    " This must be a really obscure D du M book...I had to add this title manually! This wasn't as good as "The Scapegoat," but it was an interesting look at the historical figure of Mary Anne Clark (the author's relative) and her role in English history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paradasia | 11/23/2011

    " It was better in retrospect than while I was reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lili | 7/14/2011

    " Daphne du Maurier's books are wonderful. They are all mainly set in Cornwall, the county she loved and called her home. They so descriptive and captivating. This one however is about her great, great grandmother Mary Anne Clarke. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaili | 4/16/2011

    " Does not match 'Rebecca', was a little disappointed in this book, in spite of a strong female protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne | 11/21/2010

    " Read it as a teenager. The first book I read by Daphne du Maurier. Can't remember details, but do know it lead me to read others she wrote. Also remember having her writing style move me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 10/19/2010

    " What a crazy way to write about your great-grandmother! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 8/24/2010

    " I loved the subject matter and idea of this book, but I found the writing to be very dry and lacking in personal interactions. "

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About the Author
Author Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) was born in London, the daughter of the actor Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of the author and artist George du Maurier. She has been called one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. She began writing in 1928, and many of her bestselling novels were set in Cornwall, where she lived for most of her life. Besides novels, du Maurier wrote plays, biographies, and several collections of short fiction. Among her more famous works are The Scapegoat, Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, and the short story “The Birds,” all of which were subsequently made into films, the latter three directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

About the Narrator

Carole Boyd’s theater work includes a year performing with Alan Ayckbourn’s Scarborough Company where she created the role of June in Way Upstream, while her television credits include Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and Mystery!: Campion. Boyd also plays the notorious Lynda Snell in The Archers, is a regular reader on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please, and has won three audiobook awards for her recordings.