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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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  • Miranda
    OAKHAM, United Kingdom
    7/13/14
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    "The best audiobook I've listened to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narration of this classic tale is exquisite, beautifully acted, just wonderful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rebecca?

    The twist in the tale is always great


    What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

    It was faultless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    7/6/14
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    "Enthralling story beautifully read"
    Would you listen to Rebecca again? Why?

    Yes because of Anna Massey's reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rebecca?

    The slyness of Mrs Danvers and how she tries to persuade Rebecca to do something against her will.


    What does Anna Massey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The subtlties and nuances of tone and characterisation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A classic story told with class and finesse. One of my all time favourites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom
    6/8/14
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Clacton on Sea,, Essex, United Kingdom
    6/1/14
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    "A Very Sombre Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BB
    5/3/14
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    "wonderful du maurier"
    Would you listen to Rebecca again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Rebecca to, and why?

    Jane Eyre meets My Cousin Rachel


    What does Anna Massey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    My Cousin Rachel terrified me, but this is a study of less grotesque personalities which gripped me in a more human than horror way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • laura
    ross on wye, United Kingdom
    1/6/14
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    "best audiobook ive listened to"
    What made the experience of listening to Rebecca the most enjoyable?

    I think the narration really made the story and characters come alive, Anna Massey has a real talent.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I most enjoyed the second half of the book when the story really starts to unfold and its full of exciting twists and turns.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "literary mystery"
    If you could sum up Rebecca in three words, what would they be?

    mournful, elegant, mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is very absorbing and contemplative with a sort of still quality that is quite haunting.


    What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

    I believed Massey's performance and associated her voice very much with the central character.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The sadness of the story has a beautiful aspect to it that I enjoyed, weird as that sounds.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • zoe
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "The second Mrs de Winter tells her story"
    If you could sum up Rebecca in three words, what would they be?

    Worrying manipulative uncomfortable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rebecca?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not in one sitting as it's too long for that, but I did listen to it over a short space of time.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dagmar
    Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Regarded as a classic for good reason"
    Would you listen to Rebecca again? Why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Carnforth, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "class shows"
    What did you like most about Rebecca?

    Everything


    What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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