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The Shell Seekers Audiobook
The Shell Seekers
Written by: 
Rosamunde Pilcher
Narrated by: 
Lynn Redgrave
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The Shell Seekers Audiobook

The Shell Seekers

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Publisher's Summary

The Shell Seekers, the classic novel by acclaimed writer Rosamunde Pilcher, is now available in audio. This epic romance has sold over 3.5 million copies to date; her other bestsellers include Winter Solstice, Wild Mountain Thyme, and Coming Home.

Set in London and Cornwall from World War II to present, The Shell Seekers tells the story of the Keeling family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. The family centers around Penelope, and it is her love, courage, and sense of values that determine the course of all their lives.

Deftly shifting back and forth in time, each chapter centers on one of the principal players in the family's history. The unifying thread is an oil painting entitled "The Shell Seekers", done by Penelope's father. It is this painting that symbolizes to Penelope the ties between the generations. But it is the fate of this painting that just may tear the family apart.

©1997 Rosamunde Pilcher (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The Shell Seekers is a deeply satisfying story, written with love and confidence." (Maeve Binchy, The New York Times Book Review)

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    helle 07-19-12
    helle 07-19-12
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    "This version of the shell seekers is only 45mins"
    Would you listen to The Shell Seekers again? Why?

    This 24 hour book is a wonderful story. I would read it 2 or 3 times again.
    It is my all time favorite book.

    However in Canada we cannot get the unabridged version. This45 min is not worth purchasing.


    What about Lynn Redgrave’s performance did you like?

    This short version was well read - very good


    Any additional comments?

    I hope others will ask audible to try to get the entire book.

    It is a family saga in Cornwall. And it is very hard to put it down.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 12-18-13
    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 12-18-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Abridged is not enough"

    From the book (not audio) reviews, this is an excellent book. The 600 page book condensed to a 3 hour audio book is a total disappointment.
    I think I've finally learned my lesson and will not listen to abridged books any more.
    I suppose there was not enough time to really develop the characters. The family dynamic was there, but just passed over so you got the idea, but not enough to be really invested in them. I will read the book to do this author justice.
    Narrator, Lynn Redgrave did a fine job.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charity 05-09-13
    Charity 05-09-13
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    "This is 3 hour abridgment of my favorite book."
    If you could sum up The Shell Seekers in three words, what would they be?

    An old friend.


    What about Lynn Redgrave’s performance did you like?

    Warm and lovely reading.


    Any additional comments?

    It's fantastic for what it is. Wish I could get the unabridged version. Redgrave is superb.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 09-06-14
    Barbara 09-06-14
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    "Caution: this book is abridged"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is an excellent book but it looses a lot in this abridged version. I goofed and ordered it not noticing it was abridged. Lynn Redgrave is excellent but the story is far more interesting than this version allows.


    Would you recommend The Shell Seekers to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Read the unabridged printed book until the unabridged version is recorded - if ever.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 12-24-12 Member Since 2016

    Listening to audiobooks is a guilty pleasure. I travel a lot so listen to about four per monthly. Biographies are a favorite.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shell Seekers to be better than the print version?

    No


    What other book might you compare The Shell Seekers to and why?

    Mauve Binchey's - similar style


    Did Lynn Redgrave do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Wish you had the unabridged version of this as it's one of my favorites. The abridged doesn't do it justice.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Aurora, CO, United States 08-31-12
    Betty Aurora, CO, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2016

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    "A True Classic"

    I have treasured this book for years and was glad to see it at Audible. I have the worn out cassettes of this book. I would definitely recommend this book and any book that is narrated by
    Lynn Redgrave. My other favorite book of Rosamunde Pilcher's is Winter Solstice. Both of these books will always top my reading list.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Alexander Fresno, California, US 02-10-15
    Rita Alexander Fresno, California, US 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wish it was the Real Thing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was such a good book, when I read the real thing, abridged it leaves me wanting. It really lost a lot of the detail which made it a best seller. It's still a good book, but I long for the unabridged version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penelope, very few books are written about characters her age, its nice to see older people portrayed, very rich character.


    What does Lynn Redgrave bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love that she has a British accent, since the character is English. The English do really speak English, and put words together in a way the Americans do not. Having Lynn Redgrave read the book does add something which helps, me at least, loose myself which is exactly what I want when I read or listen to a book.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Even though Penelope was the main character and my favorite. Her children, their interactions with Penelope and each other, were what made this book so different. Not withstanding the fly in the ointment. The family dynamic portrayed is remarkably realistic and yet, not run of the mill. If you don't have time for the whole meal, this is a perfectly wonderful snack.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-11-16
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    "wish it wasn't abridged"

    Love Lynn Redgrave' narration. I have read the book, just wanted a wonderful story to listen to. Didn't realize it was an abridged version...not too happy that I didn't see that it was abridged before purchase. Otherwise, loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josie 02-21-16
    Josie 02-21-16
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    I love this book, have read it other times and have seen the movie. Redgraves was the perfect narrator. However, I kept missing the parts cut out by the abridgment. Why is there not a full reading of this book available?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley FRANKLIN, IL, United States 08-18-15
    Shirley FRANKLIN, IL, United States 08-18-15
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    "Entertaining!"

    A very nice entertaining story. Short & sweet! Leaves you wanting to know. More about this family. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Louise
    2/14/16
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    "Shortened quite a bit"

    I could do with out the occasional music and when you have read the book as many times as I have it was a bit disappointing that so much has been cut out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Carol Fallon
    1/30/16
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    "Love this book!"

    Have previously read this book and loved it. Have also now listened to it twice on Audible and I know it will be a regular on my listening list.
    So restful and calming, a story from the days of a slower pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joan Keys
    8/1/15
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    "Heart warming!"

    as usual a lovely story and a joy to listen to welll written and beautifully narratef by Lynn Redgrave

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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