©2002 Daphne Du Maurier; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
The night of the fancy dress ball
Neither. Just moments of mild irritation at how naive the main character was.
Not a bad book with an unexpected twist at the end
I really enjoyed this audio book. I always thought I had read the book years ago but realise that my knowledge of Rebecca comes simply from the movie - which I love. To hear the whole story as Daphne du Maurier wrote it was long overdue. The narration by Anna Massey was perfect - this classic story came to life.
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.
Say something about yourself!
I've loved this book since I was a child and loved listening to this audio book.
Well read and a classic story.
Reading is one of my great loves, but as a busy mum to 4, I seldom have the time to sit down with a good book. Audible changed that for me.
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.
"Who was Rebecca?"
Max de Winter takes on a naiive, new young wife. His ex wife Rebecca continues to overshadow the marriage despite being dead; taking the new bride to breaking point.
"what a great story."
If anyone is looking for a classic novel, then Rebecca is the one for you. I thought it was wonderful. An atmospheric tale of intrigue and romance with beautifully defined characters and a taut narrative that will hold your attention from beginning to end. As fresh and compelling as the day it was written.
"What a treat..."
This is an aural feast; Daphne Du Maurier's superb, atmospheric storytelling combined with Anna Massey's wonderful narration. It has been my constant companion for the past few days, as I snatch time wherever I can to follow the journey of the unnamed second Mrs de Winter through her life at Manderley. It's a story I know well, of course, from the classic film, but I have never read the book. Now it's all coming to life in my head - the sunlit morning room, the air of menace in the cove, the scent of the rose garden and, over it all, the brooding presence of Mrs Danvers, simultaneously repelling and fascinating our shy and puzzled protagonist. I may know the plot, but now it is being fleshed out so vividly that I could almost imagine that I can turn a corner and find myself in the mysterious West Wing at Manderley and encounter the spirit of Rebecca. Absolutely fantastic stuff.
"Time Gone By"
How uttely old fashioned and beautifully read by Anna Massey. I was transported back to a time of manners and constraint yet exposed the usual human faults. I saw the film and read this as a child, i loved it but didn't understand it, this audible book was like hearing the tale for the first time and was so amazing i didn't want it to stop.
Very nicely read, using a beautiful rhythm, pausing when necessary, expressing moods such as agitation and tranquility exquisitely and I feel on the whole the interpretation is not far from what I expect Du Maurier herself intended.
Although just to warn, her long pauses take getting used to. Although eventually one realized that they are all too necessary for proper enjoyment as many audiobook readers falter in practically stumbling over their words for no good reason.
I read this book for the first time when I was 13. I have lost count of the number of times I have read it since, so no doubt one can tell I thoroughly enjoy the book. Anna Massey gives a superb reading, which brings the book to life even more.
Anna Massey's narration of Rebecca adds atmosphere to this wonderful Gothic Thriller/Romance. You can feel the chill of Mrs Danvers walking through Manderley, the ghost of Rebecca is ever present and Maxim struggles to overcome his demons. A truely compulsive listen.
A wonderful classic brought to life by the excellent narration of Anna Massey. Atmospheric, evocative and chilling.
"A great book, a great reading!"
Being an avid, hungry book lover, I found myself amazed that I had never read any Du Maurier before. I decided to start with Rebecca. What a silly, silly girl I had been... This is one of the greatest books I have experienced. I don't usually write reviews, but felt compelled, because quite simply, I want everyone to read this excellent novel and hear this wonderful delivery.
From the wonderful descriptions, the emotional turmoil of the insecure narrator, to the macabre undertones and the full on almost gothic-horror presence of the hideously heart broken Mrs Danvers.
This is a superb plot with twist on twist, expertly crafted; It's the beautiful descriptions of the Cornish settings, the country gardens, the dapper characters and the emotional currents, that lull you and invite you in to the world that Du Maurier delicately constructs, which shift so suddenly into the ugly, Machiavellian twists. She leads the listener in to the heart wrenching agony you feel for the heroes of the piece. And the ultimate conclusion.
And I haven't started on the reading yet! Such a performance! This is the perfect marriage of reader and novel. The period accents and delivery are captured in a way that is not caricatured, but resplendent of the times. The emotional portrayal is perfect. The tone fitting to every word.
I have been telling everyone to listen and to read... As if I'm the first person to ever discover this classic!
"Gripping if grating tale"
Beneath the sinister plot lies complexity and rage. Social injustice indirectly confronted and no easy solutions offered. No "goody" characters, and all the main characters share a chilly quality. Yet I crossed my fingers for them all, even when this involved hoping for corruption in the legal system. In a way I think good for du Maurier, exploiting the phobias of the time to add fear to the tale and shore up her own success as a powerful and some say bisexual woman - but I am left grateful this is not 1938.
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