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Rebecca

Narrated by: Emilia Fox
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rebecca is widely regarded as Daphne du Maurier's finest novel. It tells the story of Manderley, an exquisite house with gardens down to the sea; its owner Max de Winter; and his new young wife. And, of course, Rebecca.
Public Domain (P)1996 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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"If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Few writers have created more magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own." (Richard Kelly, Professor of English, University of Tennessee)

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Great narrator, too short?

It was ok, I loved the narrator but it felt too abbreviated to really hit home. Maybe go for a longer version.

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  • Debbie
  • 03-20-08

Best travelling companion

I read this some 20-odd years ago and ended up buying the audio version to accompany me on a long train journey. Not only was I locked away in my own private little world I can honestly say I think I got more enjoyment out of it being read to me than reading it! Funnily enough I was travelling to Cornwall were the book is set!

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  • gingermonkey
  • 03-05-17

Disappointingly Short

What disappointed you about Rebecca?

When I purchased this I didn't realise it was a shortened version. Had I realised I wouldn't have bought it. It was very heavily edited. You might as well watch the Hitchcock version of the film.

Would you recommend Rebecca to your friends? Why or why not?

I like Emilia Fox's narration of Mrs De Winter, but that's all. I wouldn't recommend it unless you can't be bothered with the full story.

What does Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I saw her in play the character in the TV version and I think she was well cast. She comes across well as Mrs De Winter in this version and also doesn't overplay the other characters.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rebecca?

I wouldn't cut anything from this version. It's already too heavily cut.

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  • navarone
  • 08-11-19

Brilliant narration - perfect for this book

Emilia Fox was an inspired choice to narrate this version of Rebecca. I must have read this book many times and seen various TV versions - but listening to this was every bit as gripping as encountering it for the first time. I'm always amazed how brief the novel is when you consider how powerful it is - Daphne du Maurier doesn't spend a lot of time on descriptions of secondary characters, but with Emilia Fox's narration it is completely compelling and you are one hundred percent inside the head of the second Mrs De Winter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-18

good

Great story - well-balanced and well-told. However, it's very much of it's time regarding the motivations of the characters.

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  • hannah
  • 01-18-18

Brill

love this story and Emilia Fox reads it brilliantly, would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Laura Birch
  • 04-14-16

Emilia Fox is perfect!

Love this book, one of my go to novels on a rainy day. Enjoyed "listening" to it for a change, makes it feel like a brand new story.