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The Shell Seekers Audiobook

The Shell Seekers

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Publisher's Summary

For the first time in unabridged audio download comes Rosamunde Pilcher's phenomenal, heartwarming best seller, read by Hayley Atwell.

Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a Bohemian childhood in London and Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she truly loved. She has brought up three children - and learned to accept them as they are.

Yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old age. And when she discovers that her most treasured possession, her father's painting, The Shell Seekers, is now worth a small fortune, it is Penelope who must make the decisions that will determine whether her family can continue to survive as a family or be split apart.

©1987 Rosamunde Pilcher (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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    FiveAus Australia 04/01/2018
    FiveAus Australia 04/01/2018 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favourite stories ever"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shell Seekers to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it was lovely to hear it come to life. Not sure about better, but beautiful in a slightly different way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shell Seekers?

    When Penelope and friends visited Cornwall.


    What didn’t you like about Hayley Atwell’s performance?

    A lot of her male voices sound like they are mumbling in their sleep, with the exception of Ambrose and Noel, who manage to sound like petulant teenage girls.
    And some words were mispronounced; the one that grated most was the word "executor" which she made sound like "executioner".
    On the whole though she was pleasant to listen to and has an accent very suited to the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs. G. Lane
    Exeter, UK
    27/12/17
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    "Wonderful Story."

    I absolutely love this book. It’s one of my all time favourite books. Such a shame the narrator mis pronounced so many many words. It was really irritating.
    I am so happy that Jill Bond is narrating September.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    20/01/18
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    "Lovely to revisit "

    I really enjoyed listening to this book, which I had read several times many years ago. The narrator did it justice and the story was still as enjoyable all these years later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucie
    SWANSEA, United Kingdom
    16/01/18
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    "Easy listening, well written family drama "

    Well written family saga with astute observations of human characteristics and motivations. Set in the 1980’s with flashbacks to the 1930’s and onwards.

    I enjoyed the descriptions of the locations and the timeframes. The characters are well rounded and believable. I also enjoyed the old fashioned feel of the book, set in a time before mobile phones and social media. It was lovely to listen to a story without swearing or descriptive love scenes.

    Hayley Atwell has a soothing voice and reads the story very well. If I’m being picky, her Scottish accent isn’t great and I would have preferred the speed of the text to have been slower - at times I felt I was racing through the book when in fact this is a great book for relaxing. I tried reducing the speed via Settings however this sounded ridiculous.

    I was sorry when the book finished. I can understand why this author is a favourite in Germany with many films having been made from her books. I will be listening to more Pilcher on Audible.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    4/01/18
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    "Beautiful"

    Needed a ‘feel good’ book after The name of the rose and this fitted the bill perfectly. Comic, tragic and with some history thrown in. If you liked Captain Corelli read this. If you like this, read Corelli. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maeve7
    20/02/18
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    "A great book . Can’t wait to turn the next page"

    The most wonderful book I have ever read . I’ve read it at least four times . Rosamunde Pilcher brings everyone to life .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pen
    17/02/18
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    "15 years on and it's still my favourite book! "

    Rosamunde Pilcher at her best. I come back to this book so many times, as my comfort read. It's so easy for me to identify with the 80's culture, the characters, family ties, so many stories and generations entangled into one. dated yes, but a slices of histories bridging generational gaps. Romance, war stories, adventure and history all in one read. Comfort reading at its best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toby
    9/02/18
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    "A lovely story,lovingly read"

    I love this book and having it read toe was blissful.
    my only complaint is despite the (American) narrator's very good English accent her inability to pronounce some words correctly was irksome to say the least!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letty
    17/01/18
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    "Disappointing "
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommended the book to a friend to read but I wouldn’t recommended that they listen to it by audible book.
    It is a wonderful book and I have read it, really enjoyed it and was so looking forward to listening to it again but the narration spoilt it for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    When I read the book to myself I liked Penelope's parents the best.
    But unfortunately the way the characters are read by the narrator makes them all so disagreeable and annoying. They all seem permantly cross, irritated or resentful. It’s really tiring to listen to!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration needed a lot more spark. It was read in such an aggrieved way that I just kept hoping that someone (anyone!) would be happy but it wasn’t to be.
    Also, as previously mentioned by other reviewers several words kept being mispronounced. Simple words such as hearth...it was disconcerting.


    Was The Shell Seekers worth the listening time?

    Unfortunately not. I had such high hopes when I saw that it was available and couldn’t wait to listen but it wasn’t what I had hoped for at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely try some other Rosamunde Pilcher audible books but look for a different narrator next time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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