To me, "Rebecca" was one of those stories that, "I'd seen the movie" and just wasn't interested in reading the novel. Then, I saw the novel in one of those, "One hundred books that you should read" and that sparked an interest in me. I must say I was blown away not only by Du Maurier's story telling abilities, but also her beautiful writing prose.
The narration by Anna Massey is superb. She makes the story her own. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this novel.
I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this audio version of My Cousin Rachel.
Daphne du Maurier is a genius at creating a complex story with a very complex Rachel (whom I do feel sympathy). The author weaves this story so beautifully not only in storytelling, but in the beautiful wording. The ending is perfect!
Jonathan Pryce is superb at narration. Through voice inflection, I think he brings a needed sexuality to Phillip that might not come through reading the book. How he changes character from Phillip to Rachel (really all of the characters) so effortlessly is amazing to me. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of his narration.
I can compare Garden Spells to an infant, while it was cute and enjoyable, it just didn't have the teeth or communication skills for me to recommend it.
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