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Publisher's Summary

April 1951. It is 20 years since the death of Rebecca, the beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter. It is 20 years since the inquest, which famously, and controversially, passed a verdict of suicide. Twenty years since Manderley, the de Winders' ancient family seat, was razed to the ground. But Rebecca's tale is just the beginning....
This is Sally Beauman's companion to Daphne du Maurier's classic, Rebecca.
©2001 Sally Beauman (P)2002, 2013 AudioGO Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kerrie on 09-02-13

Very enjoyable

The fashion for writing sequels, prequels or just cashing in on best selling novels has produced some shockers!! For instance .... Scarlett, the sequel to Gone With The Wind. Margaret Mitchell must have turned in her grave!! Daphne du Maurier, however, need not. Rebecca's Tale takes the reader on a journey using, as background, the familiar story but introduces some very likeable new characters into the modern day account as they try to find the truth ... try to find the "real" Rebecca. I was entranced by this novel, narrated so beautifully by Robert Powell (love the Scottish accent ... and his Jack Favell could have been George Sanders) and Juliet Stevenson. If there is any criticism , it would be that Rebecca's diary to her unborn child perhaps went on a little too long but it did offer revealing insight into her character. For those who love Rebecca, I do not think you will find this book disappointing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Random User on 05-08-17

Hooked!

Loved this sequel. I was hooked from the beginning! Also, the author style of writing was beautiful.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chickie747 on 08-26-15

Excellent sequel to Rebecca

A worthy sequel to Rebecca, it fills out the original story with background to Rebecca and some other characters really enjoyyed the narration from 2 bery talented narrators. This story cleverly raises some questions that aren't answered, which makes it stick in the mind even more, as you contemplate different theories and hints to try come up with your own resolutions to several mysteries such as what really happened that night Rebecca died ? And other mysteries that I won't mention here lest I spoil the suspense of the story for others. This story takes place 20 years after Rebecca is set, but via interviews, diaries and memories also goes back into the past. I especially enjoyed the creepy yet sad encounter with Mrs Danvers 20 years after she was last seen at Manderley. And the first meeting of Rebecca as a child and a young Mrs D. This story is told by 4 different characters, and I enjoyed Rebeccas most of all. Over a week since I finished this audio book and its still on my mind, and its unanswered questions are still haunting me!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Victoria on 06-16-13

Shame about poor quality of recording

An excellent story which does real justice to the original tale and provides interesting possible insights/"what if?"s for readers (both new to the story and long- standing fans). I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and narration.

My enjoyment of this excellent audiobook was, however, utterly spoilt by the extremely poor, crackly and distorted quality of the recording. I have twenty-year old cassette tape audiobooks which sound significantly better than this recording. It is testament to how brilliant the storyline and narration were that I continued to listen to it and, therefore, feel I can't ask for a refund. That said it is far, far beneath what I would expect from audible and this issue really needs addressing if audible are to continue charging for this item.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lynn Turton on 07-08-18

A challenging task

Big big fan of Rebecca so was thoroughly delighted with this clever well written story with excellent narrators

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 04-25-18

Excellent sequel

What made the experience of listening to Rebecca's Tale the most enjoyable?

I listened to this directly after listening to Rebecca on audio book, and it was an excellent continuation to the saga of Rebecca. The story unfolds in a most delightful way, and I think I actually enjoyed it more than the original. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Rebecca.

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