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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

Critic Reviews

"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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One of my favourite novels, ever

This is a great novel, and considered to be one of the best crime/thriller novels ever written. That might be surprising to some, since it's not about the police or a detective, or even really about a criminal enterprise at all, but about a young girl who marries an older, wealthier man and becomes the mistress of a large, famous, classic English manor named Manderley in the early 20th century. She is haunted by concerns that she will not live up to the perfect perception that her husband's friends, family, and staff have of the now-deceased first wife, Rebecca. The struggle of the naive, young second wife against her dynamic and powerful older husband, as well as by the imprint of his first wife still left in their home are palpable. As for the crime and the mystery? Well, it involves Rebecca's death and why she seems to still haunt the memories of everyone who lives and works at Manderley.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Another Beautiful Gothic Romance

What made the experience of listening to Rebecca the most enjoyable?

The reader was fantastic for this book. She had the perfect diction and voice for this particular book.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how kind of haunting this story was. It feels along the same vein as Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights but I liked it so much more.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I thought the fact that we never know the main character's name to be fascinating. We hear the name Rebecca endlessly, but never the current Mrs. de Winter.

Any additional comments?

Such a well-written and well-performed book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great Mystery Classic

This is a good read for everyone, but it will be appreciated by women more. The new Mrs De Winter must live in the shadow of the late Mrs De Winter, Rebecca. It's slightly similar to Gone With the Wind in that the central character is actually a house. Instead of Tara we have Manderlay. This English manor is set on the coast of England and is similar to Downton Abbey with the dozens of house hold staff including the evil Mrs Danvers. The young naive new Mrs DeWinter tries to cope in an environment that overwhelms her. But all is not as it seems. Kind of slow at beginning but it picks up the pace about a third into the book. This was also a great movie with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (You can find on Utube)

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Beautifully written, but underwhelming

Took a long time for the book to get exciting....but at least it is beautifully written. Every sentence is described with words artfully chosen. Also the narration was great!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

If you could sum up Rebecca in three words, what would they be?

Romantic period mystery

What other book might you compare Rebecca to and why?

Jane Eyre, The Women in White

What does Anna Massey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm really picky about my narrator's and one of the reasons I chose Rebecca over other books on my 'To Read' list was because of Anna Massey's narration. Her voice is very pleasant to listen to, and she brings life to each of the different characters without being distracting from the writing.

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

This book will pique your interest and make you want to keep listening.

Any additional comments?

Very worth a download if you like classic literature (Jane Eyre, any Austen novels, Wilkie Collins). It's a great story and the narrator is wonderful.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • mamaC
  • Algonquin, IL USA
  • 09-19-17

Bored

So boring and uneventful
My first bad review EVER
Drones on and on and on
I hate when this happens

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining suspense

This book maintained a good pace as it introduced characters and lent hints about a dark past and the possible suspects. It's easy to relate to the main character as she struggles with being an outsider with the inherent insecurities. Revelations occur naturally. The narrator was excellent. Animated voice and easy to differentiate the characters.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A classic favorite

I have loved this book for many years. The reader did a great job. I'm pretty sure I'll listen to this again at some point.

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How did I miss this classic before?

One of the best books I have listened to in a very long time. I enjoyed it so much that I started listening to it again from the beginning as soon as I finished it. Great story and excellent narration. A true classic!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful