©2002 Daphne Du Maurier; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"The best audiobook I've listened to"
The narration of this classic tale is exquisite, beautifully acted, just wonderful
The twist in the tale is always great
It was faultless.
"Enthralling story beautifully read"
Yes because of Anna Massey's reading.
The slyness of Mrs Danvers and how she tries to persuade Rebecca to do something against her will.
The subtlties and nuances of tone and characterisation.
A classic story told with class and finesse. One of my all time favourites.
"At the end of the month I went to Manderley...."
Read in the immediate couple of days before we went down to Fowey for May week, this represented an important break from the hiatus that had/has affected my reading.....down to choppy water on the jobs front and no real chance to escape. With a deep breath, I tackled this one on the one hour and fifteen minutes daily commute to Newton Aycliffe. And, like the new town that I’d not visited since the old days, I initially hated the narrative - feeling it was narrow, constrained and utterly inconsequential.....just a literary ploy I’m pleased to report.
Twists and turns through the book took me enjoyably along the back roads of Co. Durham - the scope of DuMaurier's vision broadened out wonderfully - so that when we at last landed in Fowey I was ready for Menabilly and the lost cove at Polkerris....great stuff and the transfer between life and literature that I love.
Ultimately, each has to make their own call on the narrative outcome - here I was prepared to admire the art if not, ultimately the artifact - but, pleased to report it got me through a difficult couple of weeks before work took a welcome turn off the narrow lane back onto the highway.
A link between a hugely enjoyable story and a new and beautiful town is perfection for readers like me, the immediacy of the moment (crystallised in Anna Massey's perfect delivery) with the promise of re-visiting a new world of word and place. Many happy returns I'm sure!
"A Very Sombre Story!"
I had seen the film of this book starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier very many years ago - and enjoyed it! But, listening to the audiobook, it became, because of details
not included in the film a very sombre and downbeat story. This is meant as no criticism of the writing or the reading by Anna Massey ( who does a very good job here). It is me, I only listen in bed when I cannot sleep and it was far too dark a story for night-time. Other folk
will find it a pleasure in the always excellent authorship of Daphne du Maurier!
"wonderful du maurier"
Absolutely wonderfully written text with sympathetic if occasionally infuriating characters! An intriguing and absorbing story, written so that you feel part of the world they're in.
Jane Eyre meets My Cousin Rachel
Tenderly narrated, if I was nit picking, the male voices weren't quite as believable as the female ones. But didn't detract from absolute love of this book.
My Cousin Rachel terrified me, but this is a study of less grotesque personalities which gripped me in a more human than horror way.
"best audiobook ive listened to"
I think the narration really made the story and characters come alive, Anna Massey has a real talent.
I most enjoyed the second half of the book when the story really starts to unfold and its full of exciting twists and turns.
mournful, elegant, mystery
The story is very absorbing and contemplative with a sort of still quality that is quite haunting.
I believed Massey's performance and associated her voice very much with the central character.
The sadness of the story has a beautiful aspect to it that I enjoyed, weird as that sounds.
I don't think it's for everybody. My boyfriend would be bored stiff by this genre but if you like quite books such as The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro and The Sea by Iris Murdoch it'll probably be a winner.
"The second Mrs de Winter tells her story"
Worrying manipulative uncomfortable
The cover up - I've listened to Rebecca several times over the years and always been on the side of Max and the second Mrs de Winter, but this time I found it harder to reconcile myself and justify the cover up. Had to remind myself it's a book of its time
Not in one sitting as it's too long for that, but I did listen to it over a short space of time.
Maybe it's my familiarity with the story, maybe it was the performance, but I didn't find Mrs Danvers as nasty as I've found her in previous versions I've listened to.
"Regarded as a classic for good reason"
I'm not wild about the period this story is set in, so it took me a while to get into the mood of the book. Anna Massey, who usually has the capacity to irritate me, turned out to be the perfect narrator on this occasion. Ostensibly a novel about social layers and complexities of the English class system, it soon turns into a brilliantly told crime story. Once you get used to De Maurier's stiff-upper-lip tone it's easy to appreciate the timelessness of the issues touched upon: The social awkwardness and the feeling of being out of her depth on the part of the heroine would be enough to remind most of their first days at a new school or job.
The characters were well drawn, though I had trouble completely believing the relationship between the heroine and the housekeeper (surely nobody can be that frightened of a servant?), and the build-up to THAT dress scene was so ridiculously out of proportion that the climax couldn't help but be a letdown. Having said that, I was truly hooked two thirds in and loved the ending and the many twists and unexpected turns the story took to get there. Elegantly plotted, and regarded as a classic for good reason.
Anna Massey has a lovely voice and style so you forget you are listening to someone reading and feel you are hearing the voice of the storyteller.
I love the film and the book so did I really need it to be read to me - answer, yes. This is a terrific story and read beautifully it would be equally as good for anyone who does not know the story as for those who already know and love it. Despite knowing how it ends you still feel the suspense and the awkwardness of the second Mrs de winter.
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