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A brilliant novel brilliantly read. Daphne du Maurier was a wonderful storyteller and this novel is full of suspense and drama and yet all handled in a wonderfully low-key, frightfully British stiff upper lip way. It is very much a novel of its time, and that is all part of its charm and success. Anna Massey, of course, reads it brilliantly.
I enjoyed this audiobook. An old classic that I could listen to over and over. Excellent narration
"Classic du Maurier"
What a wonderful narration and such an apt narrator to bring this book to audio life. I enjoyed it immensely. Having read the book, swooned over Olivier's portrayal and waited in anticipation each week for the next instalment of the dramatisation, the audio version was the only missing format. And it did not disappoint. Excellent recording, and one that I will listen to again and again.
"A great book, a great reading!"
Being an avid, hungry book lover, I found myself amazed that I had never read any Du Maurier before. I decided to start with Rebecca. What a silly, silly girl I had been... This is one of the greatest books I have experienced. I don't usually write reviews, but felt compelled, because quite simply, I want everyone to read this excellent novel and hear this wonderful delivery.
From the wonderful descriptions, the emotional turmoil of the insecure narrator, to the macabre undertones and the full on almost gothic-horror presence of the hideously heart broken Mrs Danvers.
This is a superb plot with twist on twist, expertly crafted; It's the beautiful descriptions of the Cornish settings, the country gardens, the dapper characters and the emotional currents, that lull you and invite you in to the world that Du Maurier delicately constructs, which shift so suddenly into the ugly, Machiavellian twists. She leads the listener in to the heart wrenching agony you feel for the heroes of the piece. And the ultimate conclusion.
And I haven't started on the reading yet! Such a performance! This is the perfect marriage of reader and novel. The period accents and delivery are captured in a way that is not caricatured, but resplendent of the times. The emotional portrayal is perfect. The tone fitting to every word.
I have been telling everyone to listen and to read... As if I'm the first person to ever discover this classic!
"Gripping if grating tale"
Beneath the sinister plot lies complexity and rage. Social injustice indirectly confronted and no easy solutions offered. No "goody" characters, and all the main characters share a chilly quality. Yet I crossed my fingers for them all, even when this involved hoping for corruption in the legal system. In a way I think good for du Maurier, exploiting the phobias of the time to add fear to the tale and shore up her own success as a powerful and some say bisexual woman - but I am left grateful this is not 1938.
I read this book years ago and chose the audible version for a refresh. I was delighted to find the experience a real joy. It was like coming across the book anew again. Brought to life vividly and is now my most favourite version. It's a real pleasure to revisit old favourites in a new and refreshed medium.
"Anna Massey is brilliant!"
I highly recommend this audiobook. I was totally gripped and missed it when it was over. Anna Massey does an amazing job as the reader.
Brilliantly reading of a great classic story, will read again and again. Enjoyed every minute
"A brilliant story"
This story was told clearly and was interesting. This is a brilliant edition of this story I enjoyed it very much
Couldn't put this down. Intriguing and mysterious. Surprises all the way that leave you on tenterhooks. Well performed. Highly recommended.
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