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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,334 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daphne du Maurier Narrator: Jonathan Pryce Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cozy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries—and there he dies suddenly.

Jealous of his marriage, racked by suspicion at the hints in Ambrose’s letters, and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin’s widow with hatred in his heart.

Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious Rachel like a moth to the flame. And yet … might she have had a hand in Ambrose’s death?

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  • “Surely no audiobook collection should be without some version of this timeless classic, arguably the most famous and well-loved gothic novel of the twentieth century.”

    Library Journal

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 2/11/2014

    " Another riveting mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie | 2/7/2014

    " An interesting read. Du Maurier tells it the story of an 19thc (?) 24 year old man/boy. His emotions are for the most part believable. The ending leaves you kind of empty - no way to find out the truth and truly know Rachel's motives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda I | 2/7/2014

    " A superb gothic tale as only du Maurier can compose! Philip Ashley a young bachelor who is to inherit a large estate off the Cornish coast, is saddened that his uncle Ambrose is set to leave for a vacation without him. Months after Ambroses departure, letters arrive that he met and is to marry their beautiful Italian cousin, Rachel, and stay in Italy at her estate. Philip, of course, becomes angry and resentful towards this cousin and it isn't until more letters, disturbing letters, begin arriving that Philip's childish jealousy of Rachel turns into fear, loathing and outright hatred. Ambrose claims that Rachel was slowing making him ill. Shortly after the arrival of these new letters, Ambrose dies of a mysterious illness. The grieving widow eventually makes her way to the Cornish estate, whereupon Philip falls madly in love with the talented, smart, beguiling, and lovely Rachel. He lavishes her with attention and gifts, all the while wondering how he could have ever thought her capable to murdering someone. It isn't until she flatly rejects his advances that he begins to see her as a black widow of sorts. Her knowledge of herbs, the death of two previous husbands, her Italian family "friend" that treats others as inferior fools, and other clues lead Philip to question his own judgement. And while the conclusion is sad, it is the absolute perfect du Maurier ending to a psychologically haunting story. Though none of du Mauriers works come close to the genious of "Rebecca", "My Cousin Rachel" is a definite must-read for fans of her lyrically beautiful gothic masterpieces. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Agatha Diaz | 2/3/2014

    " I was a bit disappointed in this book because of the writing style. It is written in a soap opera style. I was surprised since I am a big fan of du Maurier's "Rebecca". Nontheless, the plot twists and turns, which is what kept me reading. I was annoyed a bit by Philip's hypnotic love for Rachel. I'm not sure I'm convinced that blindless love can enchant someone to think the other person is infallible. Overall, a good summer read that will leave you thinking, "Did she or didn't she?" "

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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.