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Exclusively from Audible Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley againSo 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 th 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 DanversA 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 fianc e, 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 BiographyAnna 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 EarnestOn 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 , she won a BAFTA for her performance in the BBC adaptation of Hotel du Lac and was made a CBE in theNew Year Honours ListHer audiobook narration credits include Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Hotel du Lac, Nicholas Nickleby, Fairy Stories and Talking Heads