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Rebecca | [Daphne Du Maurier]

Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier's young heroine meets the charming Maxim de Winter and despite her youth, they marry and go to Manderley, his home in Cornwall. There, the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers and the mystery she keeps alive of his first wife Rebecca - said to have drowned at sea - threatens to overwhelm the marriage.
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Daphne du Maurier's young heroine meets the charming Maxim de Winter and despite her youth, they marry and go to Manderley, his home in Cornwall. There, the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers and the mystery she keeps alive of his first wife Rebecca - said to have drowned at sea - threatens to overwhelm the marriage.

©2002 Daphne Du Maurier; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Kerrie Kirrawee, Australia 10-17-13
    Kerrie Kirrawee, Australia 10-17-13
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    "A classic"

    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.

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    Carolyn 03-17-13
    Carolyn 03-17-13
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    "Better than the movie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rebecca to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found most of the characters frustrating but i liked Maxwell's sister as she was honest and straight forward.


    What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my friends favourite story...maybe just not my style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Pakenham, Australia 01-09-13
    Jodie Pakenham, Australia 01-09-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Classic"

    I've loved this book since I was a child and loved listening to this audio book.

    Well read and a classic story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kiwimum 05-05-12
    kiwimum 05-05-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Creme de la creme of the Classics"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Japan 01-10-12
    T. Japan 01-10-12 Member Since 2010

    Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!

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    "You never know what's going on, which is great!"

    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.

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    Wilma Tasmania, Australia 11-04-11
    Wilma Tasmania, Australia 11-04-11
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    "Powerful and then ... Oh What?"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia Stouffville, Ontario, Canada 02-22-11
    Lydia Stouffville, Ontario, Canada 02-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator creepy!"

    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.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Sarah
    4/12/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Ayr, United Kingdom
    12/9/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Earl Soham, United Kingdom
    6/28/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Stafford, United Kingdom
    1/13/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chrissie
    East Grinstead, United Kingdom
    7/20/11
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    "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 ?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Penelope
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    11/26/10
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    "Rebecca"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Rm Walters
    Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.
    4/7/10
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    "Rebecca"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Hexham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Rebecca"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe
    Stourbridge
    4/7/13
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    "Pure class"

    A wonderful classic brought to life by the excellent narration of Anna Massey. Atmospheric, evocative and chilling.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • joyce
    5/25/15
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    "Classic"

    Brilliantly reading of a great classic story, will read again and again. Enjoyed every minute

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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