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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daphne du Maurier Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9780062122483
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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 thirteen 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The stories…are occasionally quite startling in their insight and their ability to unsettle. There’s much humour in evidence too…There’s a sense of the young Du Maurier crystallising her style, testing herself, amusing herself. She would go on to write stronger stories but as a glimpse of a voice in development this collection proves fascinating.”

    Observer (London)

  • “A magnificent contribution to our opportunities to appreciate and understand du Maurier. She will, of course, remain mysterious: a woman far ahead of her time, passionate, intelligent and deeply imaginative. A writer who will always have secrets.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “The quirky narratives play on the reader's sensibilities through compelling personae, events and dialogue rich with suspense, emotional or sexual surveillance and tension…The stories—written to assert this new sense of purpose—have the bravado, ruthless clarity and over-simplification of youth, but a youth that can often see the emotional wood through the trees.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Vividly portrays with humor, candidness, and detail du Maurier’s fascination with the problems of human connection, particularly when it comes to love…Characters in du Maurier’s world are often lost, manipulative, or misguided, and these stories, written before she was 23, foreshadow the themes and preoccupations of the work that would bring her literary fame.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The stories are best read to see how du Maurier develops her voice and how she begins to work with some of the themes found in her masterpiece, Rebecca…In several stories, du Maurier turns a penetrating eye on the complications of marriage. Romance goes wrong, sexuality is generally destructive.”


  • “She never disappoints. Old-fashioned fun.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 2/5/2014

    " What a great compilation of her early work. The stories were disturbing, edgy and far ahead of their time. Rebecca was swell, but these were something completely different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/29/2014

    " DuMaurier proves her talent here as she did with "Rebecca" and this book feels much more like a novel reading experience than other books of short stories. The content and length of the stories varies here, from the title creepy tale to one that is reminiscent of O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi." DuMaurier's keen eye for the flaws in human personalities and relationships is on full display here too. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 11/28/2013

    " I absolutely loved this collection of her early stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/25/2013

    " Quick reading, morbid (of course!) stories, many written before Rebecca when Du Maurier was around 19. Recommended if you are a fan of her style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 10/16/2013

    " I think I just do not like short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Zinner | 10/5/2013

    " Many of these stories are pretty lightweight (DduM was very young when she wrote these), but "The Doll" is truly creepy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisyjess | 9/28/2013

    " Completely amazing. Twenty four out of ten. Did a real double take at the conclusion of the title story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Pool | 6/26/2013

    " Great read from one of my favorite authors! The stories were interesting and maintain a sort of untimely allure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/17/2013

    " didn't love it, didn't hate it! Was perfect reading for a night shift though, short bursts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pooja T | 3/6/2013

    " Very well written. The stories are hauntingly beautiful and clearly the work of a very gifted writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hester | 1/25/2013

    " Once again I'm blown away by du Maurier's talent. This is a terrific collection of stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 + Dragonfly+ | 6/22/2012

    " Won this book from First Reads, thank you! I have always loved the writings of Daphne du Maurier so was so excited to have won a book of her earlier works. I was not disappointed with this book. She sure can spin a tale fascinating is the first thing I can think of! Great book of stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Beaver | 6/3/2012

    " Some sexy, some humorous, some a little spooky, some naive young female characters - each story impeccably written for an author so young! My first du Maurier, but definitely not my last! I can't even pick a favourite :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane S. | 3/26/2012

    " 3.5 As always Du Maurier's writing is extremely atmospheric. Some of these stories are ironic, some are very dark and some such as "The Doll' are very chilling. Definitely could have given Stephen King a run for his money had they been writing and publishing during the same time period. "

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.