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The Shell Seekers | [Rosamunde Pilcher]

The Shell Seekers

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".

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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 Member Since 2011
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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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Venice, FL, United States 12-24-12
    Kindle Customer Venice, FL, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2010

    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.

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 12-18-13
    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 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.

    3 of 3 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.


    2 of 2 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 2011

    Elizabeth Daniels

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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