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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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    Calliope 11-24-14
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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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Smith 03-17-15 Member Since 2017
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 09-17-14
    John S MA 09-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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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)

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Nicole MD, United States 02-26-15
    Ashley Nicole MD, United States 02-26-15
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Dalton Greeley, Co United States 09-27-14
    Susan Dalton Greeley, Co United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Rebecca is a Masterpiece"
    If you could sum up Rebecca in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, suspenseful, surprising


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the heroine told the story as a memory. I liked the mystery of it. I was surprised.


    What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

    She had wonderful voices for the characters. I also liked how her narration voice of the heroine sounded a little older than when the young heroine was speaking in the story. The English accent was perfect for the characters. I really liked her performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Rebecca will keep you on the edge of your seat until the closing scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Daphne Du Maurier is a fantastic writer. Her descriptions are beautiful and compelling. Her plot was creative and full of twists. I didn't quite figure it all out until the end. Everything that happens in the beginning has ties to the surprise ending. I want to go back and read it again knowing how things turn out. It will be interesting from that angle too.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pioneer Girl 02-01-15
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    "Fabulous audio book"

    I loved listening to this audiobook just as much as I loved reading this story for the first time many years ago. The narrator was pitch perfect and made the story, atmosphere, and characters really come alive. Du Maurier is a master at painting the mood of a scene in your imagination with her descriptions. Would recommend this book to anyone looking for a suspenseful, engaging, and compelling story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    VampSlayer0 California, United States 10-07-14
    VampSlayer0 California, United States 10-07-14

    Audiobook narrator in my own right, I'm a voracious listener of anything & everything. I'm a sponge, absorbing entertainment & the craft!

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    "Fantastic!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Rebecca the most enjoyable?

    This novel is a classic for a reason! The story is full of twists and turns that kept me constantly engaged, but the highlight was the extraordinary performance by Anna Massey!


    What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

    I thought about this book for a long time, having never read it, and decided to see what I'd find here on Audble. When I saw that Anna Massey was the narrator I snapped it up! She was just as brilliant as I knew she'd be, having seen her in several films and knowing what an amazing actress she was. It's unfortunate that she passed away a few years ago because the audiobook world is sorely lessened by no longer having her to narrate books any longer. This is a must listen just for her performance alone!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never wanted to stop listening once I began again! Daphne du Maurier's prose is wonderful and the crafting of the story was excellent! Don't pass this one up!!


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 04-02-17

    "There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 09-11-15
    Victoria 09-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow start, great build to a strong ending"

    I decided I want to experience more of the classics so I chose Rebecca for its mystery and reviews. It was slow for the first few chapters for me, but then picked up intensity as the puzzle of the title character was revealed in cunning fashion.

    I was a tad frustrated with du Maurier's quirk of leaving the narrator unnamed. Letting that go was another good decision. I was utterly entranced with the evil characters our sweet narrator faced through Rebecca, her personal maid Mrs. Danvers and the horrid cousin.

    It's worth every second of listening for the final chapters that pay off handsomely in twists and turns you do not expect. Well done Ms. du Maurier and Audible for immersing me in the intrigue of Rebecca and our narrator's world of Manderly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve M 08-08-15
    Steve M 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you listen to Rebecca again? Why?

    This book falls into the category of TRULY GREAT READ. Du Maurier creates a fantastically sympathetic narrator. Much of the pleasure of the novel is seeing her come into her own as the story goes on. It also includes one of the great villains in literature--Mrs Danvers. And then there's the setting--Manderley--which is described in such lush, unforgettable detail, you feel as if you can smell the flowers and feel the wind. Ultimately, it's a thriller, and the suspense keeps ratcheting up with unexpected twists. It would also fall into the category of "guilty pleasure" but the descriptions are so well written and the characters have so much psychological depth, there's no need to feel guilty.<br/><br/>Anna Massey (who played Mrs Danvers in a TV adaptation) is superb. She has tremendous fun with every character, makes each one come to life, brings out the suspense and the (considerable) comedy, all without tipping into camp.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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