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Rebecca

By: Daphne Du Maurier
Narrated by: Anna Massey
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'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.'

So begins Daphne du Maurier's masterpiece, Rebecca. When the story's nameless narrator, a young and unassuming lady's maid, meets a wealthy and handsome widower, she is immediately swept off her feet in what many would've considered an unlikely 20th century match. Maxim de Winter, the owner of a large country estate by the name of Manderley, whisks his new bride away to his home in Cornwall, hoping to rid himself of his sinister past. As the heroine begins her new life at Manderley, she comes to the realisation that the shadow of her predecessor, Rebecca de Winter, lives on through the masonry of the home and through the stern and scathing housekeeper, Mrs Danvers.

A tense and unnerving tale, Rebecca depicts the crippling effect that self-doubt and external manipulation can have on a young and innocent woman's spirit. Due to her own feelings of jealousy, du Maurier based the tale on her husband's first fiancée, claiming that Rebecca would demonstrate the 'influence of a first wife on a second', where 'wife two is haunted day and night' and 'tragedy is looming very close.' Much like her heroine, Daphne du Maurier was said to be solitary, comfortable with her own company and possessed of an incredible imagination. First and foremost, however, du Maurier was an excellent storyteller, and Rebecca is undoubtedly a shining example of her talent.

Narrator Biography

Anna Massey was an award-winning stage and screen actress best remembered for her roles in Peeping Tom, Frenzy, The Machinist, Possession and The Importance of Being Earnest.

On the small screen, Anna became a mainstay of British costume drama, acting in adaptations of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Anna Karenina, The Cherry Orchard, and Oliver Twist. In 1986, she won a BAFTA for her performance in the BBC adaptation of Hotel du Lac and was made a CBE in the 2004 New Year Honours List.

Her audiobook narration credits include Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Hotel du Lac, Nicholas Nickleby, Fairy Stories and Talking Heads.

©1938 Daphne Du Maurier (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Wonderful Afternoon entertainment.

I enjoyed the movie so very much but never read the book , now in my 80’s I’m loving the audiobook so very much , no longer able to read as I did once . The audiobooks are a godsend to people like myself ,I can close my eyes and she the books open up to me as never before .

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Last night I dreamt of Manderlay

Highly recommend this reading.
The book was fantastic when I read it. The film noir was just brilliant but this reading.

Fantastic. The story is timeless.
Loved it then. Love it now. Brilliant.

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Gripping book, performed perfectly.

A ripping gothic thriller with so many twists and turn. The pace snowballs toward the ending.

Perfectly chosen narrator. This is how the main character would sound if you could speak with her.

On top of being a great tale, it is a look into a way of life that no longer exist.

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What a wonderful book

What a wonderful book I can't believe I haven't read it before and the narration captures the mood perfectly. I hope I can find another book as good to follow it with somehow I doubt it.

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The film is much better than the book

I think the film is much better than the book.The story goes on for far too long than is necessary.

I think the narrator does a good job considering how drawn out the story is but she wasn't my cup of tea with her distinctive voice, which was sometimes annoying and a bit of a distraction.

Also, there's a problem with the audio quality. The volume goes up and down from chapter to chapter and some of the chapters are cut short, with no pause until the following chapter when the narrator booms "CHAPTER SEVEN! BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!" which isnt the fault of the narrator. I found this annoying and distracting.

And this is the only unabridged version on the Australian Audible website, which is a pity.

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Sinister and Sensational!

A fantastic novel narrated wonderfully. From the famous first like "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again", to the final reveal this novel is creepy, curious and an outstanding read.

Anna Massey does an amazing job narrating, bring Daphne Du Maurier's characters a breath of life.

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Wonderful narrator

Classic text. A timeless piece. Beautifully read by the narrator. Glad to have read it again.

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a great story

a great old story. Anna Massey is superb and makes it come alive. compelling listening

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Glad that's over

Like reading a teenage girls diary. The plot twists finally give it some action but can be seen a mile ahead and come way to late to compensate for half a books worth of filling. Could have condensed the story to a short story and kept the essence intact

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Engrossing

How have I never read Rebecca, or any other works from DdM?! Excellent book, I listened in three long sessions.

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