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The House on the Strand (Naxos Classic Fiction) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Daphne Du Maurier , Michael Maloney
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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2 May 2005 Naxos Classic Fiction
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.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; abridged edition edition (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626343419
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626343418
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.4 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daphne du Maurier was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier. Educated at home and later in Paris, she began writing short stories and articles in 1928, and in 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. Rebecca made her one of the most popular authors of her day. Many of her bestselling novels became award-winning films. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books. She died in 1989.

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""The House on the Strand" is prime du Maurier. . . . She holds her characters close to reality; the past she creates is valid, and her skill in finessing the time shifts is enough to make one want to try a little of the brew himself."--"New York Times" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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* a novel of time travel and drug experimentation --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This is a fascinating story which focuses on Dick Young during a visit to a friend's house in Cornwall. His friend is a professor of science who has developed a drug which seems to take the user back in time. Dick experiments with the drug which interestingly seems to take the user only back to a specific time and place. He becomes enmeshed with the events of that time and place and finds that he gradually loses his sense of the reality of the present.
This is an extremely gripping and atmospheric book and if you like Daphne Du Maurier's books you really should read it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second favourite Du Maurier after Rebecca 9 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
An extraordinary book! It is the story of a man Dick Young whose best friend ( a scientist) has invented a potion which can send those who take it back in time.Magnus (the scientist) lends Dick his house in Cornwall for the holidays and asks him to try the drug as a favor. Dick finds himself in the same place,five hundred years before , a witness to things that occured and over which he has no control.When his wife and two stepsons join him, he finds himself more and more alienated from his American wife and her demands and drawn ever so strongly to have more of the drug and 'visit' the people he has 'met' there and towards whom he feels a connection... Atmospheric and cleverly plotted,an incredible achievement!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Absorbing 24 July 2001
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Format:Paperback
This is one of my favourite ever books. Its quite a while since I've read it now and I'm always meaning to read it again. It really is one of the best stories, and it draws you in so you feel like your experiencing it all yourself. I've even been to the parts of Cornwall mentioned in the book - just because of reading it. I definately think this her best book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it. 29 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
I was looking forward to reading this as i like du Maurier, but became disillusioned within the first 80 pages. The premise was excellent, but i could not engage with the medieval character. Their names were too similar and the plot did not seem to develop. I came very close on 2 occasions to putting it down. And then suddenly i was gripped and now regard it as an excellent read. The modern protoganists were well drawn, but more interesting than that, was the effects of the 'trips' at a biological level on Dick. The subterfuge that Dick resorted to in order to have just one more fix was truly 'addictive' from the readers point.
Don't give up with this. If you don't feel particularly bothered about the medieval characters, don't worry as it won't detract from the deeper layers of this book, e.g. what does Dick really feel towards his wife, how important to Dick is Magnus.
A great book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel...? 25 July 2006
Format:Paperback
I have read most of Daphne Du Maurier's well known novels but this book was written in the 1960's. I was gripped from the start when a person was able to take a potion, go back in time and observe people in the past in the same area. Sounds ideal. But like all of Daphne Du Maurier's novels there is a price to pay...I shall say no more other than (All GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END). I recommend you read this book to find out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 4 Nov 2007
By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A fascinating story about time travel under the influence of drugs between 1960s Cornwall and early 14th century in the same places, greatly changed over the intervening centuries. The narrator becomes more and more involved in 14th century life, finally getting confused between details and personalities in that century and his own. It has some shocking consequences, especially the implied final event. Very good, with some of the same air of mystery as Rebecca, albeit very different in many respects. Only slight criticisms are that the characters are a bit cliched and some of the description of the landscape drags a bit. But the author clearly loved her Cornwall.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
While vacationing at the Cornwall home of old chum Magnus, Richard Young is convinced to act as guinea pig for his friend's latest experiment - a drug that enables the mind to travel into the past - although the body stays in the present. Richard's "trips" take him to the 14C where he is soon so wrapped up in the past that it becomes as addictive to him as a drug - or is it the drug itself that is addictive? Are the lives of those in the past so much more important that his wife and step-sons become a hindrance to his journeys? Did these people really exist or do they only exist in Richard's mind? Although Richard's mind is in the 14C while on the drug, his body is not and as he walks in the footsteps of those in the past it leads him into some very close calls when his mind returns to the present. He could be standing anywhere - the middle of a road, on private property or in the path of an oncoming.......

Nope, I'm not telling and to say much more gives the whole thing away - half the fun is the guessing and unexpected twists in the story. Although the segments in the 14C were well written they were a bit confusing to me at times, but don't spend too much time trying to sort those relationships out. IMO they were mostly background and the main focus were the parts in the present day. Du Maurier is superb and understated as always, and this one will definitely leave you guessing all the way to the very last page and beyond. 5/5 stars and highly recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On a night like this ... 26 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
I opened the first chapter and wow! a science fiction time travel that asked for my attention every minute until it finished.
It was opened directly to the sensation after drinking the experiment drug which can bring you back into the long forgotten past. The past I am talking here was not in the time span of the narrator, but outreached 600 years, digging from the DNA memory of his ancestors which built his now. The theory of survival. This is not some Einsten Relativity story, where mind and body could be transferred along the time dimension, but it was only a loop of mind travel in which could do nothing to alter the past.
The writing style is the trademark of Du Maurier, with clues, subtleties and irony turn of events whose importance sometimes escape from the first time reading although the sentences themselves are effective but still have the literary beauty. She dared to explore the possibilities and left no stone unturned. The selection of past time itself can raise a debate to whether it was a pure past or already meddled with personal infliction. However, the introduction chapter (warning: read this AFTER you finished the book) by other famous author gave some light to the background circumstances.
The ending is quite open to give the reader freedom of thought, to imagine the meaning of it, whether it was all over, in the real meaning, of both worlds or just for one, or better yet, if an 'alter' ego gone, will the other follow ... or was it 'alter' ego anyway?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Du Maurer in fine form
Compelling reading! Full of atmosphere and, although the plot is a bit like an episode from Dr Who, the emotions reflect real life.
Published 24 days ago by Manda (Oxon, UK)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Only discovered Daphne Du Maurier's books after a trip to Cornwall. Her books never seem to disappoint. Great story and enjoyable read.
Published 27 days ago by Lorna Hendey
3.0 out of 5 stars A strange and captivating book
This was quite a hard book to get into at first and I found the lengthy descriptions of the countryside and nature a bit too much at times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by miss keenan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
was expecting more from a Daphne Du Maurier story but this one just was not to my taste. Did not warm to the main characters and enjoyed the contemporary story more than the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rachel irven
5.0 out of 5 stars A JOLLY GOOD READ
Good tale, has kept me gripped! This is one I just can't put down! Daphne du Maurier is a first-class writer.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Mary Robey
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
I loved this book. It was well written and a real page-turner, set in Cornwall and centred on two old friends, one of whom was a Professor of Science. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Penelope
5.0 out of 5 stars Strand
Great to read du Maurier but that is enough. I have read her and learned and go for other authors
Published 2 months ago by David Raw
5.0 out of 5 stars The House on the Strand
Great story, very imaginative, lots of historical details. Even if you were not interested in history this book will entertain as a good tale.
Published 2 months ago by Floozysooz
5.0 out of 5 stars House on the strand
Bought for my wifes parents as it is an audio book as mum is almost blind and cannot see the tv, they have a complete set of Daphne Du Maurier books which of course she cannot read... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barb
4.0 out of 5 stars An out of body experience
I have always enjoyed Daphne du Maurier books and was delighted when my daughter recommended this one to me. I love Cornwall and found the time travel aspect fascinating. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Valerie A. Pearman
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