Returning to an old favorite brought back good memories of long lazy Summers, front porch, swings, and good books. I started reading this every Summer during my teenage years and somehow had put it back on the shelf but never out of my mind. This is the first time I have had the opportunity to hear it read. As ever, I was enthralled at character development and the plot moves so quickly. I will listen again I am sure...maybe every Summer to keep up an old and good habit.
well, considering it is the umpteenth time I have read it I can't say that it did this time! But the plot unfolded differently for me with the nuances more obvious.
Favorite but not likeable...Ms. Danvers!
Consumed by Water Fire and Desire
recommend to all
Dark, spellbinding, and suspenseful.
There were so many, but since I felt particularly sorry for the Narrator, the new wife, whom they never name, and how she allowed everyone to recognize Rebecca as the continuing mistress of Manderly over her own wishes, I guess I'd say at the point after the fancy dress ball, near the end, when she actually spoke up and let her wishes be known regarding something so simple as the meals. It was at that point, when she realized her pre-conceptions of Rebecca were wrong in regards to Maxim, that she became the mistress of Manderly.
I'd have to say the wife, the Narrator, again, I couldn't help it with her being the main character and what's interesting is at the point in the book when you realize Rebecca is not the wonderful person they make her out to be, even though you find out what happened to her, not going to spoil it here, I really wanted everything to work out for the Narrator and Maxim, I truly wanted it all to work out so that no one else found out what had happened so they could be happy. The actual Narrator, Anna Massey, did an exceptional job, I loved listening to the character's voices and their various nuances, and her beautiful accent, it's one of the best features of listening to an audible book. The Narrators do such a great job of bringing the characters to life. I'm going to add here that Mrs. Danvers, wow, was an exceptionally creepy character, almost like a stalker to Rebecca, the scene where she and the wife are in the West Wing of Manderly and she is showing the wife Rebecca's belongings....yowzer!
I really did, it would always be so nice to just listen through to the end, especially at certain suspenseful parts where you are about to learn something new and secret about the characters.
I always try and add a comment here if I purchased an audio as part of a promotion or rec'd it as a gift because this is when I try something new because I'm receiving a promotional gift or sale. This was part of a BOGO deal, two books for one credit, and I'm so very glad I purchased this book. When I reviewed that it was written in 1935, maybe 1938, I was amazed that I had not taken a chance on reading a Daphne du Maurier book before now. Another thing I love about audible; I always find I'll chance a listen on a book that I might not read otherwise.
I got Rebecca in the two-for-one sale, thinking I might as well try out the classic I'd been seeing around school reading lists and librophile bookshelves for years. I was expecting it to be old-fashioned and dry, but to reveal some high school English worthy themes I could ponder and appreciate in my nerdy way. Wow, did I underestimate this book! The creepy mystery surrounding every aspect of Rebecca's life and death, and the aftermath, had me on the edge of my seat. I was so engrossed I may as well have been the young, naive narrator. I loved the juicy irony of a first-person perspective in which we never even learn the narrator's name. It was an interesting side note to learn a bit about the daily life of the early 20th century English aristocrat too. Massey's performance, her accent and delivery, really added to immersing me into the story. Just like everyone who encountered her, I was all about Rebecca, and am still thinking about her even though she's gone.
Yes! It was an outstanding story well told and engaging.
At first I found the nameless narrator of the story such a wimp that I almost quit, but I am so glad I kept listening.
Agatha Christie's "The murder of Roger Akroyd." It was also a wonderfully told story of mystery and human nature.
She made the story very personal and real. The perfect reader for this book
No. It was long but I wish it could have gone on lomger
Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.
First let me say that Anna Massey (narrator) was superb. I immediately went online to find more of her work. The story is captivating and compelling. I didn't want it to end.
What a brilliant story! A great mystery! The reading was superb also. I am often disappointed by the way a female reader does the male voices, but Anna Massey had a fabulous male voice.
The second Mrs. de Winter, of course. I loved the way she came to realize that her imagination and fears were her most dangerous enemies.
All were great, but I loved how she read Favell. His impudence comes across perfectly.
SPOILER ALERT: I have read and listened to this book repeatedly and I am both thrilled and disgusted at the moment Maxim admits to murder, and all the current Mrs. de Winter can think is that Maxim didn't love Rebecca.
I usually don't like movie adaptations, but both the Alfred Hitchcock and Charles Dancer (actor) versions are wonderfully done and amazingly faithful to the book.
Not sure if this is a ‘chick flick’ or not. You should see the cover of the book I got from the Library! - Regardless it is moving quite quickly!
Definitely not a "Chick-Flick". I am really enjoying this book. Very fast paced & well written. I am indeed on the edge of my chair as I read this. I am feeling quite chilled by the story. This would be a perfect book for a spooky October read; even though, I am reading it in late spring which is the setting of the story.
Wow! How deliciously creepy. I have found that this was done as a PBS special in 1997. I really would like to watch this as soon as I finish reading it. It's on my Netflix DVD list.
OMG! I am so jangled! I had to turn off the story several times during lunch. That is the deal with listening to the story. I can't speed the reading up like I would and was trying to as I was reading along at lunch just now! This story is so well written that I am sitting right next to the protagonist as she is directly experiencing the plot. I need a break from this book, and in 15 minutes I am going to be dying to listen / read the remaining 92 pages. The reader knows that something big is going to happen from the first few pages. What suspense! Three hundred pages upon which the plot builds and the climax just keeps coming – of course a female author! ;^)
Oh my gosh!
It's finished. What a ride. This is by far one of the best books I've read. I was on pins and needles right up to the last page!
...but I just couldn't accept the majority of this book. It's well-written, and the voice actress is excellent. The material itself is where my problem is.
I will avoid major spoilers.
This book is about an unnamed heroine who falls in love with and marries a rather wealthy older man (reminds me of Jane Eyre). The mystery surrounding his first wife's death is the central premise of the book--despite being absent, the book revolves around her (Rebecca).
Now, when full light was cast upon the circumstances of her death, I lost all sympathy for everyone. The husband, because he was a moron. The main character, because of her lack of backbone. Once my sympathy left, it was a struggle to get through this book.
Maybe I need to always read characters who are not asinine, silly little children, but I couldn't connect to the narrator. At times she just dragged on and on and on about the most unimportant things... or the book would be going along smoothly and then she would interrupt the flow of things with a story I don't care about at all.
I had hoped that Mrs. Danvers would have a bigger role to play, and be more menacing, but honestly the narrator was such a coward in her dealings with Mrs. Danvers that the old lady didn't seem like a threat at all; it just seemed that the narrator was very weak.
I got through the book, but it was a chore.
yes.. great story, great performance. Classic
not so much since I had seen the Hitchock classic movie (which is also great)
It takes her a few chapters to move from a plain reading to a fullout performance, but once she does, she's awesome. It really turns into a riproaring performance
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. The reader did an amazing job and the story is hauntingly beautiful.