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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.

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  • ms
    Luton, United Kingdom
    9/29/13
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    "a trip back in time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rebecca to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book - always meant to but this gripped me from the off


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story is gripping and if you listen to this you almost see the story in your mind's eye.


    What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

    her tone is authentic and takes you back in time. clear formal diction, easy to listen to.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    trust your instincts


    Any additional comments?

    loved this. don't want to read the book or to see the film as the audio version was so perfect

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatmusketeer
    Warwick, UK
    8/14/13
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    "A bit of work but gripping in the end"

    I found the first half of the book a little trying. The lead character is such a wimp that if I was Mrs Danvers I would have 'decked' her. But the second half is gripping once the heroine decides to stand up for herself. Anna Massey is as good as you would expect. The book is also fascinating in providing the detail and atmosphere of life in the inter war years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. C. E. Davies
    Cheshire UK
    5/26/13
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    "My first favourite novel"

    Rebecca is on its way to becoming a classic but is creaky at the edges to date. Set in the 30s, insufficient time has passed to see if the novel will endure. In particular, the 'heroine' is so unlike today's average woman one is often tempted to give her a good shake! That, however, would ruin the plot which hangs on her timid, often neurotic, mind-set. Indeed, as the novel progresses, she seems to be suffering from clinical depression, poor girl.

    Anna Massey's reading of Maxim makes this hardly surprising because he comes across as a dreadful, bullying boor. I don't think he was written as such by du Maurier. It's Anna Massey's rendition of male voices that's to blame. Why couldn't she have narrated the story without these awful attempts? And the less said about her Mrs van Hopper's American accent the better.

    Bearing in mind that Anna Massey played Mrs Danvers in a TV adaptation, this character's interpretation is fine as, on the whole, is her reading of the remainder of the female figures.

    The main redemption of her narration, though, is her steady voice and accurate pace. That's something in her favour.

    I think the novel could have been better presented. But maybe the novel itself is too flawed, as yet, for complete enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michele
    Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
    3/29/11
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    "Excellent"

    Absolutely compelling, I had it on my ipod for a long journey and it made the time fly by. The only negative would be that Anna Massey's narration of the male characters is slightly panto, but it didn't impair my enjoyment of the story. Although the story is slightly dated - it appears no one can get in behind the wheel of a car without a stiff brandy - it is still gripping and this unabridged version provides hours of entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. REP
    Midlands, UK.
    7/10/10
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    "Disappointing."

    I'm not really sure how I got to the age of 45 without reading this or seeing any of the filmed versions, but I thought it was high time I got round to it. I must confess I wasn't overly impressed - all that stiff upper lip, old chap stuff drove me mad and some of the dialogue was terrible, I wanted to scream at Daphne du Maurier to find another word instead of 'said'. Here's an example:-
    'We can sit together,' he said, 'driving up in the car.'
    'Yes,' I said.
    'Julyan won't mind.' he said.
    'No,' I said.
    'We shall have tomorrow night too,' he said. 'They won't do anything at once, not for twenty-four hours perhaps.'
    'No,' I said.
    'They aren't so strict now,' he said.

    Arrrrgghhhh!!!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lydia
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    10/17/10
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    "Great narration, mediocre story"

    At least, *I* was disappointed with the book; the character's were infuriatingly thick and mostly unsympathetic. The plot itself I enjoyed, but wasn't convinced it was deep enough to support an entire novel, instead of, say, a short story. But the narration is wonderful and what I found to be the saving grace of this audiobook more than once. It's worth making your own mind up, though, as the quality of the recording and the depiction of characters is exemplary, but the book itself is something of a 'marmite-er', love it or hate it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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