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Mary Anne | [Daphne du Maurier]

Mary Anne

Mary Anne knew the grinding heel of poverty, and determined it would never grind her again. With beauty, brains, ambition, and the glittering decadence of Regency London to sustain her, she chose the only route that could take a cockney girl to the top, as mistress to the Royal Duke of York. But soon she provoked a scandal that rocked the country, placed the Duke on trial before Parliament, and risked losing Mary Anne everything.
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Publisher's Summary

Mary Anne knew the grinding heel of poverty, and determined it would never grind her again. With beauty, brains, ambition, and the glittering decadence of Regency London to sustain her, she chose the only route that could take a cockney girl to the top, as mistress to the Royal Duke of York. But soon she provoked a scandal that rocked the country, placed the Duke on trial before Parliament, and risked losing Mary Anne everything.

©1954 Daphne du Maurier; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"Carole Boyd creates an appealing, headstrong Mary Anne." (AudioFile)

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    "Wonderfullly written and narrated"

    I love Daphne du Maurier's books, and this one is as wonderfully written as the rest. It's all the more interesting because it's based on the life of the author's great-great-grandmother.

    The book starts with a glimpse at the end of the story, which confused me a little, but when I came back to it after I'd finished the book, it was like meeting a friend. Mary Anne's life is told, from her childhood in poor circumstances, through a disastrous marriage, and on to adulthood as she endlessly tries to make a decent living for herself and her children. The odds, however, are against her. At that time, money and everything else was controlled by men - women must rely on men's generosity, or on a good marriage.

    Carole Boyd is a truly fantastic audio book reader. Her characterisation of Mary Anne is particularly good, and she reads so clearly and paces the reading so well that it is truly a pleasure to listen. A true professional, we could do with more books read by her.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Hucknall, Nottingham, United Kingdom 10/01/2010
    Michelle Hucknall, Nottingham, United Kingdom 10/01/2010 Member Since 2005

    My name is Michelle Henshall. I am very nearly totally blind and therefore think that audio books are a Godsend!

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    "Mary Anne"

    Not, I think, to the author's usually good standard: she usually entertains me with her novels, but this one I'm afraid falls far from my expectations - in short, I have been rather bored by it and therefore would not recommend it to anyone else.

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    Patricia 16/11/2005
    Patricia 16/11/2005 Member Since 2005
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    "For all followers of the Regency Period"

    A well-written story taking one right into the period so that the torment of being without funds, the sounds, smells etc. come alive and draw the listener along with Mary Anne's misadventures. The narrator deserves more than a mention for her fine depiction of all the characters.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Woking, United Kingdom 02/08/2013
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    "Good story but waffles too much in the end"

    I was hooked very early on to find out what happens to all the characters, but about 70% of the way through the story seems too drawn out and I lost interest. It actually became a chore to listen too and I did not finish the book - shame

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    "daphne du maurier is great - but not her best work"

    I am a big Daphne Du Maurier fan - Her best work is by far My Cousin Rachel and the narrator of that one is perfect! However, it was very hard for me to get past the narrator of this book - she tries to do accents she can't do. Her voice is almost painful to listen to. The story is pretty involved though it goes through a long slow spell 3/4 through.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beverly
    Naples, NY, United States
    07/09/10
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    "Superior"

    This is a grand tale, full of intrigue and mystery and interesting characters. Well read and enjoyable to the last word.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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