"Lovely to re-visit"
Now and again I use a credit to buy a book I read when I was in my teens. It's interesting to see how they stand the test of time and who has changed the most - me, or it.
This was a book my mother loved and I read hers when I was about 19 I suppose. I liked it back then. But I think, if anything, I liked it better this time. It's popularity is huge of course but it has, largely stood the test of time. This is partly because so much of the story takes place in flash-back, so that element cannot really date. The contemporary narrative, set in the 1980s, has dated, but not as much I feared.
The story is very long but really quite simple. I do think the characters of the three adult children are rather basically drawn, with each slotting neatly into a 'type' that suits the purpose of the story. But the real beauty of it is the way the descriptions - especially of Cornwall - transport you.
The narration is good - gentle and suited to the steady and relaxed pace of the novel and its utterly middle-class surroundings and activities.
A bit dated, but still a relaxing journey, leaving me happy that I downloaded it - but ready for something a bit more gritty next.
"Very nostalgic book"
I read this book years ago so I knew the story but it was so good to listen to, I would recommend as Hannah Gordon done it proud.
Just a heart warming story
"Keep this one for a holiday read"
If this book had been a paperback I would have given up before I was half way through, but as an audiobook it worked. This is not a literary masterpiece, there is little character development and there are no twists or surprises to the plot. There is however a story that in it's very predictability is rather pleasant on a sunny day making absolutely no demands on the listener. Whether it is a period piece or just dated I'm not quite sure, and everyone is frightfully well bred, even the hired help, but it has a momentum of it's own and, on a sunny day pottering in the garden or sitting on a beach , would be good company.
The narration by Hannah Gordon is just right, friendly but accomplished she could be your new best friend for your holiday.
Oh yes, you might notice they seem to eat a lot of eggs.
I read this book many years ago.I enjoyed it then.And I have enjoyed it all over again. Thanks to Hannah Gordens wonderfully soft, story telling skills. It is a lovley moving tale of family life. During and after the war. with a mixture of smiles and tears.
"Great walking companion"
I reluctantly bought this book to make up my third book in a special offer and have been listening while walking the mile to and from work. However, I now walk slowly and round the block too as I want to keep listening. Great story that is not dated. Hannah Gordon is an excellent narrator. Only 4 stars as I haven't finished it yet.
"A great book to listen to and to read"
I read the book some years ago, and have enjoyed the audio book. The reading brings the characters to life, and keeps your interest till the end.
I loved this audio book as you can see. The narration was excellent, the descriptive text perfect, the story believable, sad, wonderful, enlightening, courageous and poignant. I don't want to tell you the story, you should just listen and become enthralled with the Shell Seekers, story, people, painting and audio book.
I read this book by Rosamund Pilcher some years ago and enjoyed it then. However, this audio version narrated by Hannah Gordon brought it to life and although I vaguely remembered the storyline, actually hearing it read to me bu Hannah was akin to seeing a technicolour "Talkie" after watching the same thing in a silent black and white version.
"A 1980s Aga saga"
I found it hard to warm to these well heeled characters, even Penelope. It was all rather predictable. The novel is well written, with nicely fleshed out characters, who live in the mid 1980s without reference to the miner's strike, Mrs Thatcher, and other intrusions from the real world, where Mama has priceless art and memories of shortages and a great love in the second world war, and the children are the epitome of middle class, middle England, middle 80s. I stuck it to the end, but only because Hannah Gordon's reading was utterly superb.
"A memorable read"
Perfectly narrated and long enough to give full justice to the story. Apparently slow but just enough pace always to pull you along, gradually building the characters, not all of them likeable but all recognisable, with enough plot twists to hold the interest right to the end. A thoroughly enjoyable "read".