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"A classic story of love and life."
A true wonder in the world of the others. Rebecca transports you to a world of decadence, to a world of a young girl who falls in love with an older man. She follows him home but finds there is a skeleton in the closet and that skeleton nearly destroys her world. More twists and turns than a ride at Alton Towers.
Well read and played out. You are transported into the lives of the characters and feel an affinity to the main characters.
Anna Massey has the perfect voice to narrate this book. Her voice expresses just the right amount of menace for the sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.
An excellent choice for listening to while sipping a cool drink in the sunshine. I have awarded it five stars and it is worth them all. A super audio book.
I listened to it last summer while sitting in the sun doing my knitting - perfect!
The book is truly atmostpheric and transported me back into another era. I felt that I was 'there ' in the room by listening to this book and was truly hooked. This is even more remarkable because I had read the book before listening to it.
A turning point in the book was when it became apparent that Rebecca was terminally ill and this changed the thinking of the reader.
I have listened to Anna Massey narrating one of Alan Bennett's pieces which was highly entertaining.
I reacted in disbelief sometimes purely because of how women were viewed and treated in those days. It was also amazing to have glimpse into the life of a country manor and of the hierachies within such a household.
This book was so enjoyable to listen to. A bygone era described beautifully and a tangled tale to boot.
This was a deliciously eerie 'get-away', the story itself a classic and the very solid narration of Anna Massey made it a wonderful experience. An easy, yet a little gloomy listen which takes one back to the 'good old days'..
This has always been a book I return to again and again, the story never fails to please after many times of reading it. The added bonus of having the delightful narration of Anna Massey is a joy. I am once agin transported from the south of France to the rugged coast of Cornwall with the ever-present Rebbeca hovering in the background of the story. Lovely easy listen and I will without doubt listen again and again!
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.
Can't say I was overly gripped by the story but nonetheless found it very intriguing. Not quite 5/5 for me, I'm probably too young to appreciate the generation, but a good story about coming of age, plenty of well-known emotions and a massive unseen twist! I think on some level every girl can relate to the new Mrs D'Winters. Anna did the book a great justice and I found her very good to listen to, she has a pure interpretation of the emotions written.
No. As much as I admire Anna Massey as an actress, she can't really find the right voice for the male characters in the book. Her reading of Maxim de Winter is in a constantly angry tone, which makes him a big bore and the moments when he IS angry or annoyed, go for nothing because he has been sounding like that all the time. Maxim had a few charming moments, especially at the start of the book. Massey doesn't bring them out.
For other male characters (Colonel Julyan, Jack Favell) Anna Massey goes for a kind of nasal caricature so the dramatic climax scene in the library at the end of the book with all the three male characters sounds like something out of a Bertie Wooster book: hilarious. Her American accent for Mrs. Van Hopper sounds what it is: and English woman doing an impersonation of an American caricature, all wrong.
Perhaps. Rebecca might be Daphne Du Maurier's most famous books, but MY COUSIN RACHEL was better and also her short story DON'T LOOK NOW. I think Rebecca is a bit dated, it has a famous reputation but I think modern readers will have a hard time with it. The 'I' character (the second Mrs. de Winter) doesn't need Mrs. Danvers to slap her down, she does it herself in about every second sentence.
Perhaps Joanna David.
Yes, to watch the film by Alfred Hitchcock again. This is one of the rare occasions when the film is better than the book.
'Rebecca' is one of my favourite novels and I couldn't resist buying this audiobook to listen to Anna Massey's narration. I wasn't disappointed as she gives an excellent reading with distinctive voices for all the characters, Mrs Danvers and Beatrice being particularly good.
'Rebecca' is a brilliant novel. The descriptive writing is beautiful and full of memorable images, and the plot goes in several surprising directions before a haunting ending. I'm glad to have this book in my audiobook library and will definitely listen to it again in the future.
"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.
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