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This is probably one of my favorite books!! The woman who reads it is right up there with the Author in my opinion! She makes it feel like she is the writer and all the characters come to life with the voices she does. I LOVE LOVE this book! Mystery, suspense and great descriptions.
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.
"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.
"A classic in the true sense"
I have seen the film many times but never read the book - so pleased I finally have. This is a true classic - suspense and intreague - you truly feel for the young Mrs De Winter and can understand all the twists and turns and know it could be no other way. I know I will revisit this again and again - the classic draw of Mandalay......
Well recommended - and the internal question - what is her first name ?
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.
I really enjoyed this - I am a big du Maurier fan but have not read Rebecca for years. It is rather old-fashioned the story is still brilliant, with the evil Mrs Danvers and the memories of Rebecca haunting the newly married heroine. Very well narrated. At times the dialogue is a bit wooden but I think it was done like that for effect as it is usually when the heroine is under a lot of stress.
A wonderful classic brought to life by the excellent narration of Anna Massey. Atmospheric, evocative and chilling.
"A stunning lesson"
What a great listen! I was engrossed by the narration and recreation of 1950's upper class England.
I've read this book many times but , having heard Anna Massey read before , decided to get this audible version and I haven't regretted it!
One of the greatest, but then this book is my "greatest of all time" with one exception "Ben Hur" ranks up there.
The heroine - who I am sure I don't have to point out remains "nameless" - we never find any information about that other than in the first chapter when Max describes it as "unusual and beautiful."
I haven't listened to any other of Massey's performances no but I will definitely look for some more. She is SUPERB in Rebecca, intonation first class but she was to my mind one the best Mrs Danvers ever in the many renditions, outclassed only by the original - Judith Anderson. That original film cannot be beaten in my mind.
There are so many moment's in Rebecca that move me, the ghastly satisfaction of Mrs Danver's when she had decoyed our heroine into taking on the personna of Miss Caroline De Winter at the revival ball is one, the horrendous climax when our hero and heroine have to face the onslaught from Jack Favell and of course the conclusion when they discover their beloved Manderley is lost to them forever.
A keeper, I never tire of listening to this book over and over again.
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