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Rosamunde Pilcher's best-selling, heartwarming tale of innocence and youth set during the 1930s.

Born in Colombo, Judith Dunbar spends her teenage years at boarding school while her beloved mother and younger sister live abroad with her father. When her new friend, Loveday Carey-Lewis, invites Judith home for the weekend to Nancherrow, the Carey-Lewises' beautiful estate on the Cornish coast, it is love at first sight.

She falls in love, too, with the generous Carey-Lewises themselves. With their generosity and kindness, Judith grows from naive girl to confident young woman, basking in the warm affection of a surrogate family whose flame burns brightly. But it is a flame soon to be extinguished in the gathering storm of war. And Judith herself has far to travel before at last...coming home.

©1995 Fiona Mary Pilcher (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Linda Carroll
  • 03-23-18

A marathon treat

love this author and wiekingcway through her works. Rather sad to be leaving the characters and their Cornish lives as WW2 approaches, overtakes them and resurface the other side. Really loved the performance too.

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  • Kate
  • 03-18-18

OH NO ..... Not again ! .... AWFUL NARRATION

If you could sum up Coming Home in three words, what would they be?

Coming Home and Winter Solstice are two beloved stories by Rosamund Pilcher.

The 1995 recording of Home Coming and the 2000 recording of Winter Solstice, were brillantly narrated by Lynn Redgrave. Full of Life , Deeply Heartfelt, Nuanced with an exquisite well trained and beautiful voice. I listened to these stories once a year and was transported completely to the two places of my childhood Scotland and Cornwall.

Unfortunately I lost the CD’s in a move. While I was eventually able to adjust to Jilly Bond reading Winter Solstice, and a few more of these newly released recordings ... this narration of Coming Home by Helen Johns is like nails on a chaulk board, sadly there is an actual under lying whinning to this poor women’s voice.I have looked at her acting reel on line - and she has far more depth of being and aliveness. I wonder if she had an underlying depression or melochlolia as she read this book ?
Having adjusted to Jilly Bond’s narrations, I was eagerly a waiting this new release and to hear this beloved and multi layered story, but I am struggling, and actually beginning to feel quite depressed as I listen to this young woman’s voice.

For people who love the spoken voice, radio plays and audio books, it is the quality and depth of training and perhaps lived experience, that is conveyed so deeply and intimately that we enjoy as a listener.

Sadly, these newly released recordings are flat and one dimensional. I was open minded and so wanted to enjoy these recordings but I think I will give up and look for used copies of Lynn Redgrave’s previous heartfelt recordings.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Every character is well crafted

How could the performance have been better?

One Star for effort ... please read my long review above

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A well loved book brought to life by well trained actors

Any additional comments?

Rosamund Pilcher is now in her 90’s , I hope she has happy memories of Lynn Redgrave’s beautiful narration of her two wonderful novels Coming Home and Winter Solstice.
If I were her I would be deeply saddened by these one dimensional and unimaginative recordings released this year. This is not Shakespeare or Dickens but none the less these stories deserve love, appreciation and depth of resonance. I wonder who is in charge at this company that this awful recording would be released. I really wanted to adjust and enjoy - but sadly I am giving up.

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  • Mrs
  • 05-23-18

The most wonderful book

I’ve read this at least a dozen times. It’s the book you want to read in the summer; listen to it whilst pottering around in the garden. It is exactly as the title says; it’s like coming home.

But I will say, it’s not as good a recording as the original. There’s a few words repeatedly pronounced wrong (like ‘dengue’) that annoyed a little bit, but could never spoil a lovely story.

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  • Mrs Hilary Heaton
  • 04-29-18

Wonderful Rosamunde!

I simply loved it, didn't want it to end. The story, the characters the detail, everything!!!

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  • HARRIETBELLE
  • 04-21-18

Good Story with realistic characters.

I loved Rosamunde Pilcher's Shell Seekers that I read years ago so I was delighted to have another of this author to listen to. At first however, I found the voice of the reader so irritating I nearly gave up! It sounded as if there was going to be a drama coming with every sentence and then nothing more than another mundanity of which there were many! I think when I was reading R.P's books I skipped the endless pointless descriptions of every meal, piece of clothing and action (dressing, washing, walking, knocking on a door then opening it etc etc. ) Hearing it all read out was so irritating I just stopped listening and only started to pay attention when I realised there was something happening of interest! Some of the descriptions of idylic Cornish life with the upper classes of the 40's and 50's with their OTT expressions e.g. 'Too beastly darling' ,or ' too funny' etc and the wonderful picnics on sun- drenched beaches that were never too hot, were pure 'Enid Blyton'!
In the end I got used to the voice and found her character voices very convincing despite the ' type- casting' and I actually became involved with the lives that over the years developed their stories and dramas.
By the end it had become,as every long people- saga should, a part of me and I was pleased that every individual had a conclusion to their story and I shed a tear even though it was all so perfectly perfect!!
I must choose a thriller for my next listen!!

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  • Loopy lou
  • 04-11-18

lovely

I just loved this story right up there with the shell seekers. beautiful right till the end. I narrative of the war and the dreadful things families suffered. definitely a keeper..

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  • Tracey
  • 04-10-18

Bearable Narrator

Would you listen to Coming Home again? Why?

Yes, I LOVE this book, it is my equally first most favourite book of all time (the other is Light A Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy).

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

Not in any way as it is unabridged apart from the narrator. Two other favourite books by Rosamunde Pilcher (September and Winter Solstice) are both narrated by Jilly Bond and she is excellent. Helen Johns should have been told that Teignmouth is not pronounced Teynmouth but Tinmouth and Bovey Tracey is pronounced Buvvy and not Bo-vey, these mispronouncations really bugged me.

What three words best describe Helen Johns’s voice?

It is OK!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Reading the book the first few times always evoked an emotional response, some parts made me cry, not so much the audiobook as I know the story so well so I know what comes next.

Any additional comments?

This narrator is OK, but I would have preferred to have Jilly Bond or Hayley Attwell narrate as they have both done excellent jobs with Rosamunde Pilcher’s other books.