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Extended Audio Sample The Scapegoat, by Daphne du Maurier Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,710 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daphne du Maurier Narrator: Paul Shelley Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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By chance, John and Jean—one English, the other French—meet in a provincial railway station. Their resemblance to each other is uncanny, and they spend the next few hours talking and drinking, until at last John falls into a drunken stupor. It’s to be his last carefree moment, for when he wakes, Jean has stolen his identity and disappeared. So the Englishman steps into the Frenchman’s shoes, and faces a variety of perplexing roles—as owner of a chateau, director of a failing business, head of a fractious family, and master of nothing.

Gripping and complex, The Scapegoat is a masterful exploration of doubling and identity, and of the dark side of the self.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer Roos | 2/17/2014

    " It was well written, and an interesting story, but the pacing was kind of slow. (And the print was waay to small! :) ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judie | 2/14/2014

    " I read this years ago and really enjoyed it. The recent drama on TV was brilliant, too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Helen Kitson | 2/13/2014

    " Thoroughly ingenious and inventive story of an Englishman, John, who meets his double, a French aristocrat, who decides to let John take over his life. John, when he arrives at the chateau, finds complicated family relationships and a failing family business, a glass foundry. Jean's character is very different from John's, and what begins as a game becomes something much more serious and destructive. [Oct 2004] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brenda | 2/8/2014

    " As I expected, a beautifully written tale, but it didn't engross me as much as some of her other novels. Maybe it was because my reading time has been limited over the last week so have only managed, sometimes, a few paragraphs at a time. I didn't warm to any of the main characters who were all damaged in some way. Having read the book I can now watch the film that I recorded a while ago. "

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About the Narrator
Paul Shelley trained at RADA and has mainly worked in the theater as a classical actor. He has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in several West End productions. His work for television includes Secret Army, Special Branch, Blake’s 7, A Tale of Two Cities, Doctor Who, Inspector Morse, and Crossroads.