Yes. I needed to read this for Book Club and I had stopped ready as 'she' annoyed me. The great thing about an audio book is that it keeps going and the reader gives her a voice and so an extra aspect/insight to her character. The story is a product of its time as are the characters. Their reserve is difficult to deal with. But as the story unfolds you realise that there is so much unsaid as there are secrets that can't be told. The ending makes the story worth reading/listening to. As usual there is so much more underlying the story than the movie shows.
I found most of the characters frustrating but i liked Maxwell's sister as she was honest and straight forward.
Anna gave Max's bride a voice and probably more personality than I could find in the book. I know she was to contrast with Rebecca but I found her insipid and Anna's voice gave her a bit of drama and character.
This is my friends favourite story...maybe just not my style.
Rebecca is one of those books that stays with you long after you've turned the last page. It's haunting, it's even a little terrifying, it creates moral conflict, and the plot builds and builds from the first sentence until it's crescendo near the end. Anna Massey is the absolute perfect narrator for this story - she bring atmosphere to the story. I am in awe of the brilliance of Daphne Du Maurier in creating Rebecca. The story starts with the ending. It is written in first person from the second Mrs. de Winter - we are inside her head, but we never know her name. And the main character, who never actually is physically present in the entire story because she is dead, fills every page. It's brilliant. I love it. I'm sure you will too.
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
I loved that I never quite knew what was going on. I loved the young heroine's insights into her own naivete. I loved the constant stream of unexpected character twists. And I loved the narrator - she did a beautiful job with presenting us with a young girl who was alternately insecure, full of life, thrilled with first-love excitement, grappling with duties that intimidated her, mystified and hurt by her new husband's demeanor, haunted by a past she was surrounded by yet knew very little about, shocked by rapidly unfolding events, and, eventually, wise. This story is so much more than a mystery. It is a deeply satisfying read on many levels beyond mere plot.
I loved the book and was left totally stunned. I really enjoyed the story, the beautiful descriptions, the sense of Rebecca's control seeping into everything. I related to the story teller on many levels:- wanting to please, her timidity as the new mistress of Manderlay and then coming into her own and becoming the true wife of Maxim de Winter. When I got to the end I was stunned. I wanted to know more of the story teller and her becoming stronger. Who is she? What's her name? I hated and loved the end and I felt cheated but the story is a dream. A dream. A dream that ended. Oh, if only my dreams were as beautiful and strong.
Really enjoyed the audio and very well read by Anna Massey.
This was my favourite mystery novel when I was a young girl. The audible version, however, was a challenge for me. The story, of course, is fantastic and a classic. The narrator, however, I found to be grating and one-dimmensional. Her voice was course and hard, even though she was voicing Rebecca. I never felt that the character, Rebecca, would have had such a gravelly voice. Was she not young and naive? That aside, when the narrator was called upon to channel other characters' voices, the result was distressing to say the least. Almost all of the characters had the same course, edgy voice. Please tell me I am not wrong!
Not a very impressive first listen. Do yourself a favour, and spend your money on some other novel. As I mentioned, the story is great; the narrator fails, in my opinion.