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Couldn't put this down. Intriguing and mysterious. Surprises all the way that leave you on tenterhooks. Well performed. Highly recommended.
"A luxurious spending of time"
Once you committed to the style of the story and narration it was easy to be lost in the mystery and ornate splendour this book offers...
The voice and style of narration add the flare this story deserves my own inner voice would have missed the mark completely...
This has inspired me to seek out further works.. so now I will leave you as I sail on to the Jamaica Inn....
"Rebecca: Never Be a 'First Wife'"
Most of us will have seen the Hitchcock film and many will have read the book in childhood. It is not until I listened to this narration that I realised what a truly wonderful and classic book this is.
The character of Mrs Danvers is truly brilliant; so mysterious and threatening.
It is a fact that actors can make the best narrators. Anna Massey is one of the best narrators and was well-chosen to read this classic.
The listener will emotionally connect with the 'new' Mrs deWinter and feel her distress and bewilderment.
This is such an excellent audio book; so good that it's worth many repeat listens.
"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.
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