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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Rebecca comes this Audible Exclusive of Daphne du Maurier’s The Falcon. Narrated by James Callis, this menacing and dark story explores how a violent past can affect the present.   

About the book

Armino Fabbio is a simple Italian courier until an old woman is murdered. He discovers that the woman was his family’s servant a long time ago and returns to his family home in Ruffano to investigate. However, his return home isn’t a happy one as he discovers that his birthplace is haunted by the ghost of his brother. The spectre of a sinister Duke, otherwise known as ‘The Falcon’ also resides in the house. But as dark family secrets and history begin to resurface, how will a small-time businessman cope, and what will he learn?

About the author

Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) was a British writer whose work is still greatly appreciated to this day. Her novel Rebecca is probably her most famous piece of literature, but she also had substantial success with her short stories. Her popularity and prowess are evident by the fact that Alfred Hitchcock chose to adapt both Rebecca as well as her short story ‘The Birds’ into feature films.   

About the narrator

James Callis is British actor and writer known for his roles in the Bridget Jones films and in the American TV series, Battlestar Galactica. 

©2009 The Estate of Daphne Du Maurier (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[T]our guide Armino Fabbio has returned to his childhood home, now alcoholic and homeless, after the murder of an old family servant. There he finds his brother Aldo, supposedly killed during the war; Aldo in turn believed Armino and their mother had also been killed. Aldo, insane and vicious, undertakes a play about the founder of Ruffano, Duke Claudio, against a backdrop of political unrest and town and gown conflicts. It is a dark, harsh tale of good and evil, with family secrets unearthed amidst incest, murder, rape...this is not light listening. James Callis's reading is very good, with fine pacing and easily distinguishable voices." (Library Journal)

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  • K. Iovanna
  • 23-07-10

a trip to Italy

Absolutely wonderful! like taking a trip to Italy
and living the story, The narrator made it deliciously Italian with hypnotic descriptions of the places and the characters. I loved it . twisted family secrets, unraveled with a grand finale.

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  • KatDLF
  • 25-02-15

Better than Gone Girl

Before I bought this product, I knew nothing about it save that it was written by Daphne Du Maurier, read by James Callis and set in Italy. This is uncharacteristically impulsive of me but I was rewarded with a fantastic, yet heartwarming, thriller.

For most of the book, I was convinced I knew the correct solution, only to have it exploded in the final few minutes. I have recently read Gone Girl and I would say that this book is far more gripping.

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  • Cynthia
  • 10-01-21

Daphne du Maurer fascinating description of people and places

I enjoyed this book immensely - I find the description of places and events so very well written you feel you are part of it.
I have just discovered de Maurer’s other works during lockdown.
Great for a bit of escaping the reality.

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  • KC
  • 16-03-20

Beautiful writing and a gripping story

Du Maurier’s story writing craft and skill is superb. I was gripped from start to finish, entranced by the description and convinced by the characterisation. The performance of the narrator. I only wish I had the pleasure of discovering this novel again!

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  • Steven A. McKay
  • 29-10-19

Excellent!

I really enjoyed this, as I've done with most of the author's books. I listened to it over a few days decorating my son's room and it made the time go in very enjoyable.
I was a bit miffed at the ending though!

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  • Mandie
  • 17-08-21

Good central character

An odd book. Du Maurier always creates atmosphere but I’d have liked more definition in the supporting characters and despite heading for such a fast-paced ending the plot was slow emerging. I wasn’t expecting the unpleasantness at the centre but it did serve to heighten the tension. Well narrated, it certainly took you to Italy.

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  • NellMcMH
  • 11-08-21

Not my favourite DduM story...

...too dark maybe, with not particularly attractive characters, but beautifully written as always, perfectly evoking both time and place. Well read too - I'd willingly listen to others by the same narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-21

Sublime storytelling

Great story, beautifully told, wonderfully rendered by the narrator.
Give this little known treasure your attention, you will be well rewarded.

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  • Anthony Christie
  • 30-07-21

An odd story

Far fetched plot. maybe I'm missing something. Didn't work for me. Probably only for Du Maurier completions.

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  • Sheila
  • 21-07-21

Not What I was Expecting

The main character was infuriating. Felt that I wanted to slap him at times. Thought he was an idiot, but the story was set in a different, earlier time, possibly 50s or 60s and his naivety perhaps has something to do with that. On the whole an entertaining story, suspending disbelief essential. I did find it strange that the narrator would sometimes have characters speaking with an Italian accent, while others kept a British accent, especially as the whole story was set in Italy and the majority of the characters were Italian including the first person. That aside, the overall narration was good and I would happily listen to him agsin

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  • Mike
  • 23-04-21

Possibly a good story ruined by the performance

I was looking forward to this as I had just finished listening to My Cousin Rachel which was excellent.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, the performance here was too fast and he almost skipped over the story. Not at all good. In fact I had to stop listening and will read it myself. If I could I would demand a refund! Such a shame.