©2000 Rosamunde Pilcher; (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
"... an excellent performance that truly brings the author's words to life...Redgrave inhabits the author's homey prose as easily as slipping into a comfy pair of slippers�" (Publishers Weekly)
So many books, so little time!
Rosamunde Pilcher is only second to Jane Austin in my world, with The Shell Seekers on a par with Pride and Prejudice. Winter Solstice is not exciting in any way, it is like comfort food...filling and satisfying. It is a simple story about simple people who could be people you know or used to know. Do not let me give you the idea that this means the story is boring, it is not, not at all. I loved getting to know the characters, sharing their losses, pleasures and loves, especially Oscar. This is a perfect book to curl up with when you want soothing or to be taken out of your own woes for a short time and go for a brief visit somewhere else.
The reading by Lynne Redgrave was superb, she made my favorite characters come to life.The only thing I didn't like, was that I accidently bought the abridged version, my favorite part was edited out for the audio. Winter Solstice is my favorite Rosamund Pilcher book,
A friend wanted me to read this book and actually bought me another one by Ms Pilcher. I am looking forward to listening and reading more of her books.
Favorites are histories and mysteries. Once avid reader trying to pick up the pace again later in life.
I read this book some years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. This abridged audio version is a most enjoyable version, for the very relatable characters, the very descriptive prose, the satisfaction of characters trying to make life better for each other, and the absolutely wonderful reading by Lynn Redgrave. Early on this version spends a little too much time on a few less significant characters, but then it gets back on track and moves nicely forward. Highly recommended!
As always Ms. Redgrave read on this intriguing story was everything I expected. From beginning to end my interest was captured and rewarded with the wonderful variation's of the characters voices. Bravo Ms Redgrave.
Ms Pilcher thank you for sharing your wonderful talent of story weaving. Your ability to paint pictures with your wordes brought me much joy.
Again thank you both for a most enjoyable experience.
The story is something of a paean to cosy British domesticity- excessively fixated on descriptions of comfy rooms, good plain food and traditional British clothing. Every character is just what they should be, almost to the point of satire. And other than the tragedy that happens off stage, everything is so wonderful, so perfect and so convenient that one wonders what the purpose of the story is. Total wish fulfillment.
An excellent story with just enough characters to give it the feel of a full coarse meal. Lovely descriptions of English villages puts the reader right there amidst all the happenings. It is a happily ever after story, with an old house that needs a new life and plenty of people to fill it. I wish there had been an unabridged version,but the story is missing nothing, and
Lynn Belgrave does an incredible job with all the voices.
I never get tired of this book. It is a lovely, sensible, amusing, heartfelt and sensitive story about a group of people coming together in unexpected ways, and making lemonade out of the lemons they have all been dealt.
If you already love this book, the shortened version is beautifully performed and quite good. I wanted to share it with my husband on a road trip and couldn't get the unabridged version. I thought well, this way he can see if he likes it before he has to spend 18 hours with it.
Well he loved it!! We laughed, I cried, we listened nonstop and he wants the unabridged version as soon as I can find it!
Say something about yourself!
The characters. I came to just adore them. The story is simple but the characters so rich and fun I did not want to leave them at the end of the book.
I have been wondering this myself as I want more books of this style. I would say:
1. Mitford Series
2. Raine Stockton Mysteries
3. All Creatures Great and Small
4. Sheila Connelly Series
Yes. I adored her and Would look for more she narrated
Over two days on a car trip.
Disappointed - Having read the book I was looking forward to enjoying the recording as much as Coming Home read by Hannah Gordon. Vanessa Redgrave didn't define the characters adequately so the weaving of the story was blurred and eventually I gave up listening, pity.
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