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Rebecca

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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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    Amazon Customer 05-26-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Riveting"

    This was my first purchase from Audible and I selected this book because I kept seeing its title on lists of great novels. The first few minutes contained lots and lots of descriptions but I was still hooked. Every time I would walk my dog, ride in my car, clean the kitchen or iron I would listen and I must say I was never bored a minute. The reader was awesome!! She had so many different voices that it was like being at a play. If you like romance and mystery then you should give this a try. I did not like the way the book ended very much, but I love how hooked I became to the plot right up until the last minute. I just purchased my second book and the bar is set very high after "Rebecca", I hope it can measure up!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 04-17-10
    bebe South Carolina 04-17-10

    Attorney - love to listen to audio books

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    "one of my all time favorites"

    I first read Rebecca when I was in high school and was completely absorbed in the story. Now, over forty years later, I can still remember how fascinated I was reading the book. When I ran across the title while browsing Audible.com, I decided to purchase it to see if the book still held the same power and delights. It did. The story line is gripping - the personality and mystery of Rebecca creep over all like a heavy mist. The reader is excelleent - her tone is just right for the story and her expression is top notch. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job. One thing I still find interesting about this book is that the main "living" character (the narrator) is never given a name, which makes it difficult to refer to her. I believe the reason for this is to make Rebecca an even more overwhelming presence. Rebecca dominates the book, but the narrator is the person I love. If you like Jane Eyre, you will also like this book. The atmosphere created in both books is similar. Rebecca is truly a great book and this is truly a great audible version.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John R Myers Macon, Georgia United States 12-31-10
    John R Myers Macon, Georgia United States 12-31-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley..."

    To me, "Rebecca" was one of those stories that, "I'd seen the movie" and just wasn't interested in reading the novel. Then, I saw the novel in one of those, "One hundred books that you should read" and that sparked an interest in me. I must say I was blown away not only by Du Maurier's story telling abilities, but also her beautiful writing prose.
    The narration by Anna Massey is superb. She makes the story her own. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this novel.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Amelia Courthouse, VA, United States 09-03-10
    Dawn Amelia Courthouse, VA, United States 09-03-10 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Now that's what I'm talking about"

    This type of book was exactly what I think audible.com was invented to provide. The traditionally trained british speaker made this classic absolutely delicious! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bex 01-17-11
    Bex 01-17-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful!"

    Rebecca is a must read, a classic. I have watched the movie many times (directed by Alfred Hitchcock), and I finally decided to see if there was more to the story. I can honestly say that there isn't that much that the movie left out! The majority of the dialogue from the movie is word-for-word as written by Du Maurier.
    Read, listen, watch...or do all three!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 10-11-11
    David 10-11-11 Member Since 2017

    Indiscriminate Reader

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    "Practically written to be directed by Hitchcock"

    I can see why this creepy mystery is a classic: it combines the gothic atmosphere of Jane Eyre with the suspense of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. The young bride of Maxim de Winter is brought back to his English estate, Manderley, after a whirlwind courtship, and finds the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, lingering over everything. Young, insecure, unsure of herself, she is easily cowed by the domineering housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, who resents the woman usurping her mistress's place.

    The mystery of Rebecca is nicely maintained throughout the book. Who was she, what kind of a woman was she, and how did she die? Even when the big revelations come, the story isn't over, as there are several more plot twists skillfully spun out right up to the end.

    Two things made me enjoy it less. The first is the protagonist, who's basically a timid ingenue with barely any will of her own. She's completely dominated first by her employer, then by her older husband, and then by her catty, vindictive housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. She spends most of her time tormenting herself with what she imagines everyone else is thinking about her, and when she finally starts taking a tiny bit of initiative, she's still completely self-involved. As for Max de Winter, well, du Maurier is writing in the grand old Brontë tradition of creepy, abusive control-freaks being portrayed as romantic.

    The second thing I didn't enjoy was the long, tedious descriptions of everything: Manderley, the cliffs, the furniture, the flowers and vases, the clothes, the meals, etc. A little descriptive detail is great; a little more can be described as "lush"; Rebecca is just plain wordy. Along with the narrator's long, tedious internal monologues, this book really seemed to drag in places. I was eager to get to the climax and the unveiling of all secrets, and relieved once it was over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paddington Sydney, Australia 05-14-11
    Paddington Sydney, Australia 05-14-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "great classic"

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was a wonderful depiction of the times and influence of class on people’s lives. It kept my interest as the story unfolded and quite unexpected truths were revealed. I wished it continued so that I would know what happened to the characters. I felt like I wanted to wish the central characters well after all they had been through. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel United States 01-01-11
    Nathaniel United States 01-01-11

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    "Daphne Du Maurier"

    I enjoyed listening to Rebecca. I was not familiar with the story before and I had heard many good things about it and was curious. I don't know if I would listen to this story again, however. After listening to the book I watched the movie and although they are not completely the same - I felt justice was done. I would suggest anyone who is curious about this story to watch the movie first and if they REALLY want to use a credit to get the audiobook go for it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    EB Victoria, BC 12-16-10
    EB Victoria, BC 12-16-10

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    "Can't say enough"

    The wonderful Anna Massey does a fabulous job reading this book. Never mind that I'd read it before, and seen the movie and every miniseries the BBC has ever churned out using this story--including the one from the 70s starring Anna Massey. When Massey started reading, I was as captivated as if I'd never heard the story before. She captures all the characters perfectly and lends the story a depth I hadn't really picked up before. The elegiac first chapters resonate through the rest of the book. Another reviewer said that this is the kind of project that Audible was made for, and I agree. It's the perfect marriage of narrator and novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tee 04-05-17
    Tee 04-05-17 Member Since 2014

    Listener of music in words as I roll along, either in the car, or on the subway, or on my exercise bike.

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    "Gripping"

    The story is gripping and never lets up - right till the very last moment.

    Narrator is superb!

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  • John Nichols
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    6/30/13
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Suz
    Utting, Germany
    8/4/13
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    "Eerily beautiful"
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    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'..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mamieknits
    4/13/13
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    "Rebecca"

    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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • E
    Driffield, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Firm Favorite"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    3/4/13
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    "Very intriguing"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    9/25/11
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    "Atmospheric"

    '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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Ayr, United Kingdom
    12/9/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Earl Soham, United Kingdom
    6/28/12
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    "What a treat..."

    This is an aural feast; Daphne Du Maurier's superb, atmospheric storytelling combined with Anna Massey's wonderful narration. It has been my constant companion for the past few days, as I snatch time wherever I can to follow the journey of the unnamed second Mrs de Winter through her life at Manderley. It's a story I know well, of course, from the classic film, but I have never read the book. Now it's all coming to life in my head - the sunlit morning room, the air of menace in the cove, the scent of the rose garden and, over it all, the brooding presence of Mrs Danvers, simultaneously repelling and fascinating our shy and puzzled protagonist. I may know the plot, but now it is being fleshed out so vividly that I could almost imagine that I can turn a corner and find myself in the mysterious West Wing at Manderley and encounter the spirit of Rebecca. Absolutely fantastic stuff.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • suzi
    7/8/14
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    "Rebecca"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rebecca?

    A turning point in the book was when it became apparent that Rebecca was terminally ill and this changed the thinking of the reader.


    Have you listened to any of Anna Massey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Anna Massey narrating one of Alan Bennett's pieces which was highly entertaining.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so enjoyable to listen to. A bygone era described beautifully and a tangled tale to boot.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • FictionFan
    Kirkintilloch, Scotland
    3/16/17
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    "“...the slaughterous red, luscious and fantastic.."
    Any additional comments?

    (This review contains mild spoilerish bits, so if you haven't yet read the book, do it now and then pop back... ;) )

    We first meet our unnamed narrator when she is in Monte Carlo, working as the paid companion to an elderly American lady, Mrs Van Hopper. Still more girl than woman, the narrator is shy and unsophisticated, not bothering much about the clothes she wears or the style of her hair. Mrs Van Hopper scrapes an acquaintance with Maxim de Winter, a rich and handsome Englishman staying in the hotel alone because, as Mrs Van Hopper informs the narrator, his wife recently died in a tragic sailing accident. Our girl is rather dazzled by this man of the world who so easily deals with all the little social problems she finds so difficult, and he in turn seems to like her quietness and unadorned simplicity. Within a few weeks, Maxim proposes and finally, thank goodness, our narrator has a name – the second Mrs de Winter.

    The book begins, of course, with one of the most famous opening lines in literature - “Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again.” The ensuing dream sequence acts as a prologue and warning of what is to follow, and straight away du Maurier builds up an atmosphere full of unease. As Mrs de W2 in imagination moves towards the house, she describes the lush vegetation taking back the once cultivated grounds and gardens, now growing out of control. There's an earthiness and sensuality to the descriptions, and a sense of growth and decay – a kind of raw, malignant vitality that seems to represent the first Mrs de Winter, Rebecca, while being a stark contrast to the rather sexless childlike personality of Mrs de W2. It's a magnificent start to the book, setting the mood superbly for what is to follow.

    The book is famously compared to Jane Eyre, but the dead Rebecca is much more vividly alive in Manderley than the madwoman in Mr Rochester's attic ever is. She infuses every room with the strength of her personality, as our narrator flits through the house like a ghost, or like the lowliest little maid, afraid to touch anything. Beautiful and vibrant, no-one who knew Rebecca remained untouched – it seems to Mrs de W2 that everyone adored her, some to the point of obsession. Even Mrs de W2's beloved dog Jasper was Rebecca's dog first. Gradually Mrs de W2 begins to think that Maxim made a mistake in marrying her – that he's still in love with Rebecca. And then one day, a storm leads to the discovery of Rebecca's lost boat, and suddenly everything Mrs de W2 thinks she knows about Rebecca and her husband is turned on its head...

    All three of the female characters in the book are brilliantly drawn; dead Rebecca, her glittering exterior hiding a more complex personality underneath, whom we only get to know through other people's memories of her; the housekeeper Mrs Danvers, whose grief for her first mistress makes her cold and cruel to the point of madness to the woman who has replaced her; and Mrs de W2 herself, a woman who seems to exist only to serve as an adjunct to people who need a doormat, moving from being the paid companion of a peevish and demanding elderly lady to becoming the unpaid companion of a peevish and bullying middle-aged man. I couldn't help but wonder if life with Mrs Van Hopper wouldn't have been more fun in the end...

    Oh, I do apologise to Maxim fans! The first time I read the book many years ago, I'm sure I fell a little in love with Maxim myself. This time round, I wanted to slap him with the proverbial wet fish. He treats Mrs de W2 as just slightly lower down the social pecking order than Jasper the dog for most of the book. Granted, she kinda asks for it but she's only young. Too young, Maxim – too, too young for a man of your age! Patting a woman on the head, physically or metaphorically, is never a good idea – if you behaved like that to Rebecca no wonder she turned out as she did! Couldn't you have reassured Mrs de W2 – told her you loved her, maybe even called her by her name occasionally? Why were your tender little feelings so much more important than hers? Your behaviour at the party was a piece of shameful bullying and a man of your age should have shown more understanding, and a bit of kindness. And, you know what? Last time I forgave you for what you did. But not this time! You behaved abominably and you should have paid a higher price! And don't think you can wheedle your way back into my affections just by looking like Laurence Olivier...

    Clearly my attitude to men who treat women like doormats has changed somewhat over the years! More seriously, though, the book gives a great picture of the relative positions of the genders at the time, especially how Rebecca's unconventional behaviour, which would have barely merited a raised eyebrow had she been a man, put her beyond the social pale as a woman. Du Maurier is just as incisive in her portrayal of the British class system in operation, with the squirearchy ready to build a defensive shield round one of their own regardless of his merits or otherwise.

    But as always with du Maurier it's the atmosphere of growing tension that gives the book its true greatness. Even though we more or less know how it ends within the first two chapters, du Maurier holds enough secrets in reserve to ensure the reader is kept in suspense all the way through. The descriptive writing is fantastic, creating strong visual images and making both the house and grounds of Manderley become living things, playing their own role in the unfolding drama. If there's anyone left out there who hasn't already read this masterpiece of psychological suspense, then I highly recommend you grab it as soon as you can!

    I part read/part listened to the book this time round, with the Audible audiobook narrated by Anna Massey. Her narration is very good – she has just the right kind of posh English accent for the subject matter, and every word is enunciated clearly. She does it as a straight reading; i.e., she doesn't “act” the parts, though she does differentiate the voices to some extent. I wasn't always totally thrilled by her “voices” - Maxim, for example, sounded a little gruffer than I would have gone for. But that's simply a matter of personal interpretation. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed her reading, and would look out for her as a narrator again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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