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Rebecca Audiobook

Rebecca

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Publisher's Summary

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again....

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling tale that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

©2014 Daphne du Maurier (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Rebecca is a work of immense intelligence and wit, elegantly written, thematically solid, suspenseful.." (Washington Post)

"Daphne du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings." (Stephen King)

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    W Perry Hall 04-02-17
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    "Eerie English Estate A Gothic Gas"



    Rebecca, which won the 1938 National Book Award, is similar to Jane Eyre insofar as both involve an eerie estate and the ghostly presence of a former wife. By all measures though, this one is more frightening if you don't have any idea what to expect, as I didn't when I read this novel (nor when I read Jane Eyre).

    The unnamed female protagonist and first-person narrator is a shy, gullible bourgeoisie in her early twenties who, while serving as companion to a miserably wealthy American woman on holiday in Monte Carlo, is pursued by Mr. Maxim de Winter, a recently-widowed, wealthy Englishman of 42. He asks her to marry him and she says yes.

    The first two-thirds of the novel seem to have been framed by du Maurier as a sort of gothic romance with a formidably frightening subtext involving the first Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca, who is presumed drowned after disappearing over a year in the past. Ms. du Maurier engages readers with whether our lady can gain de Winter's true love and respect (instead of treating her as a child everywhere except the bedroom) and whether she can handle the awkward social role into which she's been placed as wife to de Winter on a vast English country estate when she believes she has no chance of emulating the perfectly exquisite first wife. Our female narrator must slink about under the observing eyes of a bizarre staff, including the memorably scary maid, Mrs. Danvers. [Note: no doubt Mrs. Danvers has inspired the fixture in horror lit and films of the scary English maid (on a large estate)]. Our narrator must face Mrs. Danvers' contempt, her wicked tricks and her sinister reminiscences of the perfect Rebecca.

    At about the two-thirds point, du Maurier transforms the novel with a chilling twist, as if by black magic, into an extraordinarily suspenseful thriller. This transformation allows our narrator to develop from an embellishment on an extensive English estate to the magnificent and mature Mrs. de Winter of Manderley.

    Highly recommended, but not quite a 5, a rating which I'll admit may be caused by my de-sensitization to the genre.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki 10-24-17
    Vicki 10-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "What an annoying lead female!"

    Having not read this book in years, I found Rebecca's replacement so tiresome it was an effort to get to the end. I cannot even remember her name, just her irritating insecurity and collapse during the inquest.

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    Jonathan Disnmore 10-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Utterly enthralling "

    I had no idea what this book was about, but had heard it was good... It was amazing! I couldn't stop listening! I highly recommend this book!

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    Anonymous 10-18-17
    10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Long Rising Action"

    Liked it but it took about 15 chapters for suspense to build. Did not like the background music...

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    Cookie, Sebring, FL 10-15-17
    Cookie, Sebring, FL 10-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "So? So-so."

    I have never read/heard a book with no likeable character, someone to root for—until now. The main character—I couldn’t tolerate her. She is naive to the point of being unreal, and most of the book is played out by fantasies in her own head. I am a daydreamer, I get it—but this is beyond even me. The choices she makes, what she chooses to accept and then protect—just no. I’m sorry, just no. No supporting character was fleshed out enough to be likeable, and everyone made all the wrong choices it seemed. Ugh. I’m sorry, I wanted to like this. But I just can’t. So. So-so.

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    L Mc 09-27-17
    L Mc 09-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pedestrian and predictable "

    Overly melodramatic with descriptions ad nauseam and a dolt for a heroin. Can't believe I suffered through it.

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    Amber lavigne 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Holy crap!!! What a story!!!"

    I got this book because I thought it was a ghost story to be honest, but despite it not being so I still enjoyed this book. I only gave it 4 stars because it does tend to drone on a bit with almost too much detail and the inner monologue tends to digress from the story quite a lot,but despite that it was a very good story. And what a twist. I won't spoil but I have never been so caught off guard as I have with this book.

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    jjjjordan 09-26-17
    jjjjordan 09-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "How have I lived 52 years without reading this?"
    What did you love best about Rebecca?

    One of THE best audible books yet. Fantastic writing, character development, depth, and superb narration. Wow. So, so, so good!!


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    Marian Knoxville, TN, United States 09-25-17
    Marian Knoxville, TN, United States 09-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Still one of my favorite books"

    I truly love this book. I actually fell in love with the wonderful movie by Hitchcock. I think it is one of his best. Then I read the book and loved them both equally. The movie is a true representation of the book. It is so rare these days to find a director that stays true to the book, but this one did. I recommend both!

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    Christina Rentz 09-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Perfect"

    I loved this book already, but the audiobook is a work of art! The narration is perfect. You will love it!

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