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Seething with disdain for the superfluous society in which she resides, Lady Dona St Columb abandons her husband and takes her two children away from the Court of Charles II, seeking a new life in the Cornish countryside.

Dona's thirst for authentic human interaction and adventure is satiated upon arrival as she meets the enigmatic and entrancing French pirate, Jean Benout Aubery. Previously a wealthy landowner, Aubery reveals that much like Dona, he too left his old life behind in search of greater things. Described by Daphne du Maurier as the only romantic story she ever wrote, Frenchman's Creek is an escapist tale of a woman's search for swashbuckling adventure despite the responsibilities which tie her down and threaten to contain her.

Women's freedom, a recurring theme in du Maurier's work, is prevalent in Frenchman's Creek and the story is said to have been written at a time when Daphne was eager to escape from the threat of war in 1941. A true tale of escapism, this audiobook delivers a powerful message about motherhood, romance and duty, and is continually propelled forward by the author's incredible skill and imagination.

Narrator Biography

John Castle is a classically trained English actor and graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Best known for his performances in I, Claudius, The Lion in Winter, Man of La Mancha, Blow-Up and RoboCop 3, he has acted alongside the likes of Peter O'Toole, Vanessa Redgrave and Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

A celebrated stage performer, he's starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company's revival of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, The Royal National Theatre's Hamlet and The English Shakespeare Company's War of the Roses. John is also no stranger to the small screen and can be seen more recently in Casualty, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Spooks, Midsomer Murders and The Tractate Middoth.

For more of John Castle's audiobook narrations, listen to William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair.

©1941 Daphne du Maurier (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Tara
  • 2010-05-05

Spellbinding...I loved every moment!

I've loved this book for years (so I may not be impartial!) A cross between a Historical romance and an introspective novel, Frenchman's Creek is set during the English Restoration period. The story line has a dreamy quality to it that was enhanced by the narration.

The quick gist of the book: Lady Dona, married with 2 children, but dissatisfied, frustrated, and unhappy with herself and her life, leaves London for rural Devon. Intending to take the time to re-evaluate her life and its purpose, she is unaware that her estate has been the hideout of a notorious French pirate, Jean Benoit Aubrey. Inevitably, the two meet, and have a profound impact on one another. Frenchman's creek is a refuge for both Dona and her pirate, but for different reasons. Ultimately, it comes to symbolize peace and self respect for Lady Dona.

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  • Diane
  • 2011-01-26

Starts slow, finishes good!

I am a big fan of Daphne Du Maurier. I was disappointed at the beginning and well into it for 2 of the 8+ hours as it was slow and like a romance novel anyone could have written. However, I stuck with it and it was worth it. It picks up in the middle and becomes more intrigue and surprise that Du Maurier is known for. Good Du Maurier book. Excellent Narrator.

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  • Patricia
  • 2013-02-07

Silly bodice ripper of a story but great narration

Would you try another book from Daphne du Maurier and/or John Castle?

I would not purchase another book by du Maurier. BUT, if John Castle is available, he should be engaged to narrate more (and better) books.

What do you think your next listen will be?

V. Woolf - The Voyage Out

What does John Castle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a wonderful job. I don't think I would have listened to the entire book if anyone else was the narrator. As was the case re. his narration of Vanity Fair, the level of drama, the accents of various characters, etc. - all perfect.

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  • Amandah
  • 2010-06-15

Like a Dream!

This is one of my favorite books. I am not a romance novel lover by nature but this is one that many would enjoy. The reader does an excellent job drawing you into the story. You find yourself lost on an estate hidden from the world with the lovely Lady Donna and the mysterious French Pirate that "vacations" on her land. If you would like to have a good read that will carry you away on an adventure and make you think in the end this is the book for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-12

Really enjoyable

I shall definitely listen to more du Maurier and I will consider that if John Castle is the narrator of any book, then it is a recommendation for that book, whoever the author.

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  • Marina
  • 2017-04-30

A captivating story! A splendid narration.

A story that speaks to the heart. The narrator was brilliant, breathing life into the characters. Will undoubtedly reread again. Makes me want to rent a cottage in Cornwall right by the sea just to hear the seagulls cry and watch the tide roll out.

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  • Cyd
  • 2014-02-25

Better than Expected!

The narration was wonderful and suited to the writing. The writing was so much more lyrical than I expected and made me want to hear every word. I will listen to this again. The story/plot is not complicated or complex but the writing makes you want to keep listening and the ending is not what I expected. Both du Maurier fans and romance readers will love this book.

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  • Mary
  • 2014-01-02

Enchanted

Would you listen to Frenchman's Creek again? Why?

Yes, yes, yes. Castle's voice was melodic, perfectly timed with just the right inflections. Best reading of any book I have listened to. I knew when I heard his voice that I would love the book.

And the story is about finding life - a magnificent love story.

Which character – as performed by John Castle – was your favorite?

Both Donna, the heroine and the Frenchman. He captured her aloofness and reserve as well as her abandon. The accent of the Frenchman was superb.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes and I almost did. I listened to it in the car, at the YMCA working out, in the kitchen cooking dinner, and in bed before turning out the lights just so that I could finish it. It was lovely.

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  • Anna
  • 2012-02-07

Far from the best from Du Maurier

If you’ve listened to books by Daphne du Maurier before, how does this one compare?

After reading Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, and several short stories, I have become a big fan. Maybe I expected too much, but this book seems to fall short of her other works. Great narration, though.

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