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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,156 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daphne du Maurier Narrator: Michael Maloney Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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Dick Young stays in his friend Professor Magnus Lane's house in Cornwall, on the understanding he will be a guinea-pig for a new drug that Magnus has developed. As a result of the experiment he is transported back to fourteenth century Cornwall.With each 'trip' he becomes more and more involved with medieval intrigue, adultery and murder. Is it merely hallucination; a subconscious escape from his own complicated life, or a real journey into the past? He becomes obsessed with the world he visits, and past and present eventually become inextricably and perilously mixed. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Green | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed reading The House on the Strand but I wasn't blown away. I think to appreciate this novel at all it needs to be considered in it's historical context. I am disappointed to say I didn't connect or empathise with any of the characters. I thought Dick was aptly named, the allure of Magnus completely eluded me and Vita well she's a brittle American caricature. I like Du Maurier but this isn't one of her best. Having said that I read it as a book club choice and some of the members thoroughly enjoyed it. So give it a whirl it may appeal "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mya | 2/20/2014

    " Although some sections were a little slow (i.e., the time he spent in the past got a little wordy) I enjoyed reading this book. I didn't realize it was written in 1969 as the "present" seems very much relevant to today's world (sans technology). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 2/19/2014

    " I found this one pretty disappointing actually. The premise has lots of potential, but I didn't feel like that potential was fulfilled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/16/2014

    " I loved this book. While vacationing at a professor's home in Cornwall, Dick agrees to assist him in trying a hallucinogenic drug, which has the affect of transporting him back in time, 600 years earlier. I got so caught up in the story that took place in the 1300's, I couldn't wait for Dick to take more of the drug to get back there again so I could find out what was happening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa | 2/7/2014

    " Really interesting, and quite the page turner for me. I was satisfied by the ending, and yet not....still wanted to know what happened next even though the medieval story was wrapped up. Nice use of the Black Death as a plot point...I was able to figure it out before it was explained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/3/2014

    " Good story, but I needed more. More about what drives Magnus, more about Dick and Vita's Marriage, and more of an explanation of the ending.This was not as satisfying as other time travel novels I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynli | 2/1/2014

    " Drug experimentation at it's finest. How did she come up with this one? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Bates | 1/27/2014

    " Very different to Du Mauriers other work, less about romance, though it does include a struggling marriage, but its the Doctor Who style time travel that captures the imagination here, and as with her other work a few frights and twists along the way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annette | 1/9/2014

    " Did not like this at all - the best part was the very last line in the book... in more ways than one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/1/2014

    " Very interesting, like a hallucinogenic, expands your perspective (at least temporarily). Well worth reading,compelling and unusual.paints pictures in your head that stay with you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/28/2013

    " My first exposure to Daphne du Maurier and still the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 11/21/2013

    " This was my second reading of this book, having read it when it was first published in the 70s. It didn't have the same impact the second time around (of course, neither did Rebecca) since I knew what would happen, but I still think it's a fascinating tale of drug-induced time travel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 10/12/2013

    " I love this author. This book was OK. Interesting ideas and at times a page turner. Disappointing ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Schofield | 9/24/2013

    " A must read - set around the time of the Great Plague and in the present - du Maurier's most male friendly book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vickie | 5/1/2013

    " Slightly disappointed with this. Had no empathy with any of the characters, and I'm sorry, but what exactly DID happen at the end?!?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 9/30/2012

    " Hmmm..2003?...this is an old book. Read it way back in high school and I have reread it several times since. Good time travel adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theacrob | 8/4/2012

    " I find myself accidentally falling into time travel romances. This particular novel was a fun read--not too challenging, easy to follow, fun to think about. A good just-before-bed book. It's no Rebecca, but really, what is? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 7/25/2012

    " Enjoyable summer read! Du Maurier is such a great storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nola Rankin | 6/13/2012

    " This is one of my favourite du Maurier books. If you've never tried any of her books I recommend beginning with this one, or with Jamaica Inn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cami | 11/15/2011

    " Not nearly as good as Rebecca (same author). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara Anne | 9/7/2011

    " Wow! Enjoyed it! Several times :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janolyn | 6/7/2011

    " I enjoyed the time travel plot but I thought historical plot was kind of melodramatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia | 5/7/2011

    " I read this book when I was a teenager. I still think about it almost 40 years later and wonder if it is as good now as I thought it was then. May have to read it again to find out but there are soooo many books to read and so few hours each day to read them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 5/6/2011

    " Such a small event of the past to write about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 4/25/2011

    " Very interesting. It took me a few chapters to get into, but then I couldn't put it down. Intriguing story that made me think about it after finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 4/13/2011

    " One of the all-time great beginnings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa B. | 3/23/2011

    " I loved this book. I could not wait to see how it would end - really, quite a page turner. Since it was my first du Maurier book, I cannot compare it to her other writing. I will be curious to see if I like her other books as much as this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/14/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, I didn't give it 5 starts though because some of the reading was a slow go. One of those books with a main character that frustrates the heck out of you, but it had a good gotcha type ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goethicus | 1/28/2011

    " Lovely story, untenable premise, cliffhanger ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mya | 12/8/2010

    " Although some sections were a little slow (i.e., the time he spent in the past got a little wordy) I enjoyed reading this book. I didn't realize it was written in 1969 as the "present" seems very much relevant to today's world (sans technology). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bird4416 | 11/3/2010

    " I didn't like this one as much as the other du Maurier books. Still a decent read though. "

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About the Author
Author Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier (1907–1989) has been called one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. 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

Michael Maloney is an actor who has appeared in numerous television productions, including as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Prince Hal in Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, for which he won Best Actor/Best Supporting Actor awards. His theater credits include Sleuth, Peer Gynt, and All My Sons, and his film credits include The Young Victoria and Notes on a Scandal. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, earning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.