mostly ya fiction... mostly...
Great story, really good narrator. The rich prose and good writing are a real treat, it was all in all a very satisfying listen. Though I sort of didn't like the heroine in the beginning because of the way she acted with the servants; one other reviewer didn't think her behavior was realistic, and I might agree a little. I think I had more propriety as a child than this heroine did when she got married. And it wasn't as though she had never been in the company of wealthy people, to see exemplary behavior toward household staff. Also, she was constantly daydreaming about the way things would be, or the way things had been, and daydreams are described in detail. There were so many imaginings on behalf of the heroine that it really staggered the plot a bit, but it didn't prevent me from enjoying this audiobook. I recommend it to anyone; it's a classic.
The narrator made me kind of crazy. What a wimpy spineless woman. And Maxim, what a selfish jerk, who treats his second wife as if she's a poor cousin he's forced to take in.
Manderley was a nightmare not a dream.
I like to be able to relate in some way to a character / or characters, and in this book, I just couldn't relate. The main character (didn't realize until the end that she was never given a first name!!), is so weak/naive that I just wanted to shake her. She could also use a good psychiatrist! Then, overnight, she turns from this scared little bunny into a go-getter-tiger..... just not possible. Regarding the ending, I didn't feel satisfied; after hours of listening, there was an abrupt ending. I agree with another reviewer who mentioned that there were too many "I said" phrases in the book and also way too many very short answers such as "yes". Do real people actually have such stilted dialogue?
The narrator lacked any warmth in her voice.... she came across as curt, cold and mean (at times when the story didn't call for these types of narration).
There are books that I can hardly put down..... want to listen to all night..... this was NOT one of them.
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” By Mortimer J. Adler
Everything about this book was disapointing... especially the ending. I give it a BIG FAT YAWN!!!!
Strictly adolescent. I read this book when I was 13 and saw the movie around the same time and I remember the book or the movie evoking a moodiness; but you have to be 13 to get it.
Unsympathetic characters persist to the last-especially the no-name narrator. This book has the conventional attitude of that era toward a woman with an active libido-Rebecca is a powerful, sick and twisted nymphomaniac, deserving extermination, according to the wimpy, "Max".
True, du Maurier can tell a story, silly though it be, but she cannot write dialogue-she uses "I said" so many times you could make an entire chapter out of it.
So much for adolescent enthusiasms.