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Rebecca Paperback – September 5, 2006
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Surely no audiobook collection should be without some version of this timeless classic, arguably the most famous and well-loved gothic novel of the 20th century, and this production would be an excellent choice. Read in wonderfully British cadences by Anna Massey, all the mysterious and oppressive nuances are made immediate and chilling. We even feel some sympathy for the absurdly timid and cowering heroine; it is, after all, easy to imagine feeling woefully inferior to the predecessor and desperately eager to please. Of course the story requires great leaps of credulity... Forget the movie; it makes mincemeat of the actual tale. A wise seven-year-old once told me, "The book is always betterDit goes right into your head." This is a prime exampleDlisten again; it gets even better. Highly recommended.DHarriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent entertainment . . . du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings. * Stephen King * The DAILY TELEGRAPH * `As a new generation of readers are introduced to the wicked housekeeper Mrs Danvers and learn Maxim de Winter's terrible secret, this chilling, suspenseful tale is as fresh and readable as it was when it was first written, more than 60 years ago.' * I am reminded of how profoundly du Maurier changed the way I felt about myself, how she engaged and excited me with her writing. * Julie Myerson * A brilliantly constructed novel - the ultimate in psychological suspense, instantly gripping and haunting, Rebecca will stay with you for ever. -- Alex Barclay * Psychologies * With one of the most evocative first lines ever, Daphne du Maurier's fifth novel has everything a reader could ask for . . . Psychologically astute and disturbingly romantic, Rebecca was an immediate bestseller on publication in 1938 and has cast a sinister spell ever since * Marie Claire * Possibly the best crime novel ever written. Right from page one you are gripped by a palpable sense of suspense -- Hilary Bonner * Express * Addictive and breathtaking. Its blending of melodrama and subtlety is ingenious. The Cornish setting never quite leaves the imagination * Independent * One of the most influential novels of the twentieth century, Rebecca has woven its way into the fabric of our culture with all the troubling power of myth or dream. A stunning book -- Sarah Waters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"borrrowed" it. So glad to have this gorgeous replacement. Only one side of the pages is gold, though, which is odd.
Du Maurier is still one very fine writer.I have almost every book she ever had published.
Her plotting is great, the atmosphere is terrifically suspenseful, & every chapter is fascinating.Her characters are very, very well drawn.
I read it the 1st time when I was maybe 13, (a looong time ago,oh my, yes), never forgot it, watched the movie, & still think the opening paragraph is probably among the finest ever written! (Still tied for 1st place with Shirley Jacksons' Hill House, in fact.)
I do wish she had at least given her young, yes,sometimes wimpy heroine a name; after all, Maxim gets a great name, so does that witch Danvers, but that's just being picky, picky....
It's still just a great story.
Sure does stand the test of time for this reader!
The original line captivated me over 25 years ago...and I was so eager to get my favorite book on the Kindle...but I was not appreciative of this change....I wish editors would not take liberties like this.