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4.28055555555556 out of 54.28055555555556 out of 54.28055555555556 out of 54.28055555555556 out of 54.28055555555556 out of 5 4.28 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daphne du Maurier Narrator: Anna Massey Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781478924302
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Narrated by a young, just-out-of-school young woman who remains unnamed, the novel, Rebecca, follows her as she goes from working as an assistant for an overly demanding, wealthy and fault-finding woman to a whirlwind romance and marriage to the wealthy Maxim de Winter.

After an idyllic honeymoon in Italy, Mr. and Mrs. Maxim de Winter return to his estate in England. Mrs. De Winter knows her new husband is wealthy, but just how wealthy isn't apparent until she arrives with him at his family home, the enormous and overwhelming stone mansion called Manderley, located on the Cornish coast.

As she heads down the tree-lined drive toward the huge stone edifice, Mrs. De Winter begins to feel less and less confident about becoming mistress of such an estate. A sense of foreboding begins to envelop her. Her disease continues as she meets the cold and distant housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who still keeps the house just as it was when Rebecca, the former Mrs. De Winter, Maxim's first wife, was alive.

Sinister forces seem to inhabit the house. Mrs. Danvers continually makes Mrs. De Winter feel she is inferior to the first Mrs. De Winter and inadequate for the duties of mistress of the manor. Even more disturbing is that it's almost as though Rebecca is still alive.

Secrecy and mystery surround the death of Rebecca, which the new bride determines to uncover. What results is one of the best-loved Gothic novels of all time and a book that has been dubbed the "Best Novel of the 20th Century" at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.

Daphne Du Maurier was born in 1907 in London. Her father was actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier. Best known for her Gothic suspenseful and romantic style, she wrote "Rebecca" and "The Birds," which was produced by American horror film director Alfred Hatchcock.

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—presenting 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 read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Daphne du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings.”

    Stephen King

  • “Du Maurier is in a class by herself.”

    New York Times

  • “A work of immense intelligence and wit, elegantly written, thematically solid, suspenseful.”

    Washington Post

  • Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oksana | 5/12/2016

    " What a wonderful book! And what a wonderful narrator!..Thank u very much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Farlinger | 2/15/2014

    " Rebecca is one of my favourite books of all time. It's possible I've read it 100 times, and I'm still not tired of it. I like everything about it - the romance that transcends social mores, the mysterious, worldly suitor who recognizes his mate in an ordinary working girl, the perspective of the shy young ingenue catapulted into a world of prestige, her piercing descriptions of her self-conscious struggles, the portraits of the imperious servants and the annoyingly jocular, ponsy relatives, the lavish, metaphorical descriptions of the house and gardens and forest and sea-scape and food at Manderley (the estate she finds herself mistress of), and the noir element of a creepy mystery she must solve to survive. It's a brilliant book but easy reading and I highly recommend it for a Saturday afternoon read in front of the fire when the blustery fall wind is blowing outside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev Cote | 2/12/2014

    " I confess. I'm a Rebecca addict. I've probably read it a minimum of once a year for 39 years and watched the movie every time I can find it. The characters are fascinating, especially the evil Mrs Danvers and the cooly aloof Maxim. The rich description of Manderley has always filled me with a desire to find it in real life, walk the halls and smell the lilacs in the gardens. What can I say - if you are a Bronte fan or a fan or gothic novels, you must read this book at least once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilycat65 | 2/9/2014

    " An amazing book with tons of thrilling mystery,romance and horror, it will keep you turning the pages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice Dove | 2/4/2014

    " Good suspense, a little turgid at times, but beautifully written and descriptive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leisa | 1/16/2014

    " one of the few books assigned in high school that I loved- reading it wasn't a chore at all. Wonderful suspense! Way better than horror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 1/15/2014

    " Truthfully it wasn't ,my favorite book when I began it, however, I did begin to enjoy it later on when I began to understand the actual point of the book. I would not recommend this for a person with a lower reading level. However, if a person has a reading level of tenth grade or higher, I think that they will enjoy this book. Just don't give up on it, because if you read it all the way through the end hits you like a ton of bricks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Slaven | 1/12/2014

    " A horror story of social awkwardness. Beloved by me, not for narcissistic reasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/10/2014

    " Spooky from the first page. Manderley draws you in and keeps you there. A great rainy night read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simona | 11/8/2013

    " It's my favourite by Daphne du Maurier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 11/3/2013

    " It's a more ominous Downton Abbey. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Portia | 10/6/2013

    " Probably the most odd love story I have ever read. Compelling but frustrating read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 7/11/2013

    " Everyone that I know who has read this book raved about it. It kept me reading only to figure out how it was going to end up. Mrs. Danver's sure got the last word in...LOL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany Huck | 4/22/2013

    " I have read this book twice. Once in high school and once as an adult. It is a wonderful piece of literture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mo Johnston | 2/8/2013

    " Maybe a perfect book? Mrs. Danvers was such a closet case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arielle | 1/3/2013

    " Loved, loved, loved this story! It was such a fun, melodramatic read. The mystery! The plot twists! Also, it made me really excited that the season 3 premiere of Downtown Abby is almost here. It was easy to draw parallels between the two works. Can't wait to discuss it at book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Dugan | 8/31/2012

    " Couldn't put it down, an excellent read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Wilson | 8/14/2012

    " "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again". Classic opening line for a classic book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Ann | 5/10/2012

    " One of the best books I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Williams | 4/12/2012

    " Absolutely fantastic! So dark and macabre and told so exquisitely. A compelling narrative and a brilliant twist. Can't recommend enough "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/13/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books--the atmosphere is palpable, and the new Mrs. DeWinter is such a sympathetic character. She is one I will always remember. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgana Le | 1/22/2012

    " I've read this three times, starting at 15. it has held up and still one of the best novels I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johanna | 5/22/2011

    " I don't know what else to say other then that I really enjoyed it. Rebecca was so oppressive she became a character in her own right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/21/2011

    " All the characters keep me guessing of what is going to happen next and what secrets are being kept. If you have read don't tell me the ending I am still reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 5/20/2011

    " a very good book, not a romantic like you would think. its about murder and mystery. it my be a challenge book but next to Frankenstein its one of my favorites yet. i recommend it to anyone with a want to read. Its a great book, glad i read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 5/19/2011

    " I got the twist, but not too early. Not a bad mystery at all except for wanting to punch nameless heroin for being such a helpless sooky lala throughout most of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudia | 5/18/2011

    " I always have a hard time enjoying a book when I don't like the main character, and that was the case with this one. I did like the mystery enough to keep reading, and the story did have some genuine surprises, but I was just so frustrated with the narrator. BTW, why doesn't she have a name? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 5/15/2011

    " I adore this book. I'm not sure I'd teach it to freshmen again (especially not non-English major freshmen) because of its emphasis on language rather than plot and characterization, but I do adore it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 5/15/2011

    " Romantic suspense...just finished Jane Eyre before reading this book and couldn't help seeing so many parallels to it. Thought the book was ok but wouldn't recommend it strongly unless you really really enjoy romance with a lingering sense of dread and a slowly unfolding storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denice | 5/15/2011

    " One of my most favorite books - EVER! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alix | 5/14/2011

    " I almost died reading this book, pure agony. This is not a classic that should be considered a classic. Pure dullness, it took me forever to finish it. :/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 5/14/2011

    " Mmmm lots of buttered crumpets! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/14/2011

    " The sense of supernatural paranoia is so evocative as to be almost frightening. Nearly everyone who has loved understands the mysterious hold the dreaded Ex can have over us.

    The ending is something else.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rayna | 5/14/2011

    " Thank you Mrs. Echevarria freshman English @ Fontbonne Academy for having us read this. AWESOME! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Verena | 5/14/2011

    " I listened to this as an audiobook from Audible. It took me a long time to get into it - the start was quite slow - but I really enjoyed the story once they returned to Manderley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 5/13/2011

    " I loved this book in 9th/10th grade, and used the opening scene as a monologue for a speech competition. "

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About the Author
Author Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier (1907–1989) has been called one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Among her more famous works are The Scapegoat, Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, and the short story "The Birds," all of which were subsequently made into films—the latter three directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

About the Narrator

Anna Massey (1937–2011), the daughter of Hollywood actor Raymond Massey, was born in England and enjoyed an award-winning career on stage, in movies, and on television. Her stage roles earned her the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, and a nomination for a Tony Award for her only Broadway appearance, in The Reluctant Debutante. Her television awards include the UK’s BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and the RTS Television Award. Her best-known film roles were as Helen in Peeping Tom, Babs in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, and more recently in The Oxford Murders and The Machinist. She received critical praise from AudioFile magazine for her narrations, especially of Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, and Wild Swans by Jung Chang.