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Coming Home | [Rosamunde Pilcher]

Coming Home

Five years in the writing, Coming Home is the tale Rosamunde Pilcher believes to be the capstone of a lifetime of writing. Her most ambitious and compelling work yet, Coming Home is a vast canvas, and a vividly drawn portrait of an era close to us in time, yet now disappeared. Like The Shell Seekers, Coming Home is an intensely personal story. Like September, it teems with marvelous, memorable characters. Coming Home is a story to be savored, an old-fashioned tale hardly anyone knows how to tell anymore. In telling the story of Judith Dunbar and her loved ones, Rosamunde Pilcher describes each family member with warmth, wisdom and clear-eyed insight. Coming Home is a totally involving story of a young woman's coming of age, coming to terms with both love and sadness, and, in every sense of the word, Coming Home.
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Publisher's Summary

Five years in the writing, Coming Home is the tale Rosamunde Pilcher believes to be the capstone of a lifetime of writing. Her most ambitious and compelling work yet, Coming Home is a vast canvas, and a vividly drawn portrait of an era close to us in time, yet now disappeared.

Like The Shell Seekers, Coming Home is an intensely personal story. Like September, it teems with marvelous, memorable characters. Coming Home is a story to be savored, an old-fashioned tale hardly anyone knows how to tell anymore. In telling the story of Judith Dunbar and her loved ones, Rosamunde Pilcher describes each family member with warmth, wisdom and clear-eyed insight. Coming Home is a totally involving story of a young woman's coming of age, coming to terms with both love and sadness, and, in every sense of the word, Coming Home.

©1995 Robin Charles Pilcher, Fiona Mary Pilcher, Mark Graham Pilcher, and Philippa Imrie; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Nora Houston, TX USA 12-14-05
    Nora Houston, TX USA 12-14-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Good News, Bad News"

    I wish I could have downloaded an unabridged version of this novel. I have read the book, and this abridgement omits many details that substantially enrich the story. On the other hand, Ms. Redgrave does a very fine job as narrator; she creates distinctive voices for the characters--one almost forgets that one woman is doing all the parts. My final criticism of this recording is of the absurd, very intermittent background music. It is unnecessary and distracting.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Hillsboro Beach, FL USA 08-04-09
    Joanna Hillsboro Beach, FL USA 08-04-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Too Short!"

    My own fault, but didn't realize this was an abridged edition and had read the book many years ago, so was very disappointed that some of the best parts of the book were ommitted. I wish Ms. Pilcher had written more about the Brits in the Orient during the beginning of WWII.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia League City, TX, United States 01-02-06
    Patricia League City, TX, United States 01-02-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Coming Home"

    Anything this author writes is good. She has a way of making you love her characters no matter who they are. This is no exception.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 06-18-12
    Tanya SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 06-18-12
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    "What???? I bought the abridged version????"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I LOVE this book!!!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't have bought the abridged version!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending is awesome!!


    Was Coming Home worth the listening time?

    Yes. It should have been longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so sad that it was less than half the book!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jeanette little Rock, AR, United States 01-04-10
    jeanette little Rock, AR, United States 01-04-10 Member Since 2009

    Little Rock, AR

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    "Whose bright idea was it to add background music?"

    As abridged versions of books go Coming Home was pretty good except for the awful tinny background music. I think it was meant to set a mood but all it did for me was to set my teeth on edge. I would have happily spent more for an unabridged version as this was the best book Pilcher wrote.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Finan Little Rock, Arkansas 01-04-10
    Jeanette Finan Little Rock, Arkansas 01-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Whose bright idea was it to add background music?"

    As abridged versions of books go Coming Home was pretty good except for the awful tinny background music. I think it was meant to set a mood but all it did for me was to set my teeth on edge. I would have happily spent more for an unabridged version as this was the best book Pilcher wrote.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joan COSTA MESA, CA, United States 04-18-11
    Joan COSTA MESA, CA, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Coming Home"

    While Lynn Redgrave reads the book well, the novel is abridged. I loved the book version, so I was quite disappointed that I didn't notice this audio version was not unabridged. There are many gaps in the story, as a result, leaving one quite dizzy as the story speeds along. Abridged versions never allow much scope for character development, so I shall examine the descriptions of the books carefully from now on. The other annoying feature of this audio version is the addition of music, which is played in parts of the story while Redgrave reads. What were they thinking of, to add this awful feature? I found myself cringing as this tinny music suddenly, and for no apparent reason, almost drowned out the narrator's voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennye NEW HAVEN, CT, United States 04-02-12
    Jennye NEW HAVEN, CT, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2011

    book addicted

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    "Poor quaility"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this story to anyone - but preface the fact that the quality of the recording is terrible. I'm glad that I read the book years ago.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the Pilcher stories are wonderful - and this saga about a girl living in England before, during and after World War II is quite engaging. You feel like you get to know Judith and the others in the story.


    What didn’t you like about Lynn Redgrave’s performance?

    I loved Lynn Redgrave's performance -- she reads other Pilcher stories and is really


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    helle VANCOUVER CANADA, BC, Canada 02-27-12
    helle VANCOUVER CANADA, BC, Canada 02-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "wonderful story - roasmunde pitcher always great"
    Would you listen to Coming Home again? Why?

    Yes I will. I will read it several times.

    Rosamunde Pilcher is always a winner - all of her books are most enjoyable.
    I would read any of her books and know it has to be good - it is always is


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy a good book that is nothing but enjoyable then this one you will love.
    No tragedy or distress - just an excellent read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steffany Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-17-10
    Steffany Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Pilcher should be on every shelf!"

    One of the best writers of the past fifty years - Pilcher brings insight and wit to so-called ordinary lives and resonates with her readers to an extraordinary degree. We need more Pilcher!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • John
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    3/9/12
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    "A lovely book - butchered"

    Coming Home is a truly wonderful story of a girl's journey to womanhood during which we experience both her joy and pain. Judith is believable, loveable and has an essential integrity that is deeply attractive.

    Rosamunde Pilcher tells a beguiling tale that carries the reader effortlessly along, with no temptation to skip bits.

    Lynn Redgrave is a talented narrator, and seems to have done her homework, knows the story and what comes next, and maintains the storyline well. She lives the various parts and makes you want to believe in them (although her Cornish accent is a weak point).

    Unfortunately, the abridgement does neither Judith, Rosamunde or Lynn any justice. Too many deeply important subplots are slashed. Characters have new words forced into their mouths and temporarily lose their integrity in order to cover up the gaping holes left by the abridger's red pen. And as if to rub salt into the wound, we are subjected to bursts of fairly mindless 'music' that drown out Lynn's best attempts to add drama and suspense. Finally, the sound quality is such that an AM radio or old 78 record might possibly sound better. The production dates back to the '90s, and one almost wonders if it wasn't re-recorded from a very worn cassette tape.

    In summary, a truly great story, but unfortunately avoid this 'variation' like the plague.The 2 stars are for what is left of Rosamunde's masterpiece. What a shame.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shropshire
    3/30/08
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    "What a pity."

    It is a lovely story, but the incidental music put in to add to the drama ruined it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynda
    Dundee, United Kingdom
    8/23/12
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    "Worst listen ever"

    What a terrible book. The dreadful sound quality and the awful music put paid to what seems to be a fairly good story. Lyne Redgrave did not help in the least with her pathetic accents and grating voice. A huge disappointment after listening to the wonderful Shell Seekers. Audible, I think you have a real cheek charging money for this! It really needs to be removed from the reading list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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