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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (443 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daphne du Maurier Narrator: Eleanor Bron Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN:
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The Delaneys have the reputation of being difficult guests. When they arrive, order departs, chaos reigns.

Maria, Niall, and Celia have grown up in the shadow of their famous parents: their father a flamboyant singer and their mother a talented dancer. Now pursuing their own creative dreams, all three siblings feel an undeniable bond, but it is Maria and Niall who share the secrets of their parents' pasts.

Alternately comic and poignant, The Parasites is based on the artistic milieu its author knew best, and draws the reader effortlessly into that magical world.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 2/11/2014

    " A story about dissipation, inappropriate family ties, and the perversity of the rich and famous. Salacious, but also genuinely literary and unsettling. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Cottrell | 2/9/2014

    " Have only just started it - but so far, so AMAZING! Am loving it. Reminds me quite a bit of Noel Coward's Hay Fever, as well as the Philadelphia Story. It really reads like a play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 2/7/2014

    " Revolves around a dysfunctional family of artists. Not du Maurier's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tay | 2/7/2014

    " This is a classic - it reaches into the darkest part of the human mind and soul and then drags your innermost thoughts out to be exposed. One may have hidden your tots and fears beneath your job, yur family, your talents - but this book challenges you to think about the truth "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Usha Hegde | 1/21/2014

    " Yes, Niall and Celia and Maria are all parasites. But they are also made that way because of their circumstances. You can't help but pity them. and get angry with Charles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/19/2014

    " Reading in Portuguese; borrowed from my mother-in-law. Another masterpice by Dame Du maurier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/8/2014

    " 3&1/2, really. Such an odd p.o.v. Tragic, which I love...but dragged at times. Can't compare to Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, or My Cousin Rachel... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/15/2013

    " Picked this up in the English language bookshop in Paris when I had run out of books in English to read, and *loved* it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Deboer | 12/8/2013

    " Du Maurier builds her characters - and what motivates them - so well that I've found myself reading long after I've really started disliking the story. But I've decided to stop reading this rather depressing study of a disfunctional family of artists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M.C. | 12/5/2013

    " Cover promoted a novel of romantic intrigue, one of du Maurier's best...didn't find it was either :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maralise | 11/19/2013

    " The beginnings of du Maurier's novels are so good that I'm always disappointed by the ending. I can't decide if this is a good or bad thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 11/18/2013

    " I love Daphne du Maurier's writing, but struggled to enjoy this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey C. | 10/20/2013

    " A wonderful classic. I love this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Scaife | 10/15/2013

    " I wasn't sure at first. This is very much a character study rather than straight forward narrative but crickey, once you get absorbed into their world and lifestyle it's compelling stuff. And like all du Maurier, has a great ending that left me contemplative and satisfied. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 10/12/2013

    " I had a hard time getting through this one. Not a happy story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/17/2013

    " Possibly one of du Maurier's best. I can't really find anything to fault with this novel. At times laugh out loud funny, at times poignant. It explores the relationship of three siblings and the impact they have on those around them. This would make a great play if transferred to the stage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Newcomb | 9/27/2012

    " Back to enjoying Daphne again. Had me laughing out loud more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 12/21/2011

    " Excellent, as usual from Daphne. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Duncan Wood | 8/14/2011

    " Only read this one as I am being a completist. Pretty uninvolving really although her description of the family's summer holiday in France is well-drawn and has an evocative, dream-like quality. Surprised she followed this up with the excellent My Cousin Rachel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mischelle | 6/15/2011

    " I couldn't believe this was the same author that wrote REBECCA! This one was boring. I had to put it down for a few days then I picked it up. The story got better towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johanna | 5/22/2011

    " I don't know what else to say other then that I really enjoyed it. Rebecca was so oppressive she became a character in her own right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/21/2011

    " All the characters keep me guessing of what is going to happen next and what secrets are being kept. If you have read don't tell me the ending I am still reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 5/20/2011

    " a very good book, not a romantic like you would think. its about murder and mystery. it my be a challenge book but next to Frankenstein its one of my favorites yet. i recommend it to anyone with a want to read. Its a great book, glad i read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 5/19/2011

    " I got the twist, but not too early. Not a bad mystery at all except for wanting to punch nameless heroin for being such a helpless sooky lala throughout most of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudia | 5/18/2011

    " I always have a hard time enjoying a book when I don't like the main character, and that was the case with this one. I did like the mystery enough to keep reading, and the story did have some genuine surprises, but I was just so frustrated with the narrator. BTW, why doesn't she have a name? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 5/15/2011

    " I adore this book. I'm not sure I'd teach it to freshmen again (especially not non-English major freshmen) because of its emphasis on language rather than plot and characterization, but I do adore it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 5/15/2011

    " Romantic suspense...just finished Jane Eyre before reading this book and couldn't help seeing so many parallels to it. Thought the book was ok but wouldn't recommend it strongly unless you really really enjoy romance with a lingering sense of dread and a slowly unfolding storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denice | 5/15/2011

    " One of my most favorite books - EVER! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alix | 5/14/2011

    " I almost died reading this book, pure agony. This is not a classic that should be considered a classic. Pure dullness, it took me forever to finish it. :/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 5/14/2011

    " Mmmm lots of buttered crumpets! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/14/2011

    " The sense of supernatural paranoia is so evocative as to be almost frightening. Nearly everyone who has loved understands the mysterious hold the dreaded Ex can have over us.

    The ending is something else.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rayna | 5/14/2011

    " Thank you Mrs. Echevarria freshman English @ Fontbonne Academy for having us read this. AWESOME! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Verena | 5/14/2011

    " I listened to this as an audiobook from Audible. It took me a long time to get into it - the start was quite slow - but I really enjoyed the story once they returned to Manderley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 5/13/2011

    " I loved this book in 9th/10th grade, and used the opening scene as a monologue for a speech competition. "

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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

Eleanor Bron is an English actress whose stage career includes many productions, such as The Clean House, All about My Mother, and In Extremis. On television she has appeared in Fat Friends, Ted and Alice, Hippies, Vanity Fair, and as Patsy’s mother in Absolutely Fabulous. Her film credits include Wimbledon, Iris, and The Little Princess.