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Publisher's Summary

"A huge warm saga...A deeply satisfying story written with love and confidence." (Maeve Binchy for The New York Times Book Review)

Thirty years after The Shell Seekers swept into the hearts of readers across the globe, Rosamunde Pilcher's unforgettable saga appears for the first time as an unabridged digital audiobook. Masterfully narrated by Actress Hayley Atwell, this timeless story will captivate listeners from the very first track.

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

This spellbinding audiobook will draw listeners into a narrative that spans generations, examines the changing dynamics of a resilient British family, and captures emotional experiences ranging from loss to love.

©1987 Rosamunde Pilcher (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

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One of my first thoughts was...

"God, if I wanted to be back fighting with my family, I'd just call them up!" 😆

And then I fell into this story and enjoyed every second in its warm kitchens and wraparound gardens.

Hayley Atwell does the many characters proud, and I, like many others, was sorry when it all came to an end.

I certainly will read more of Ms. Pilcher's novels, and will follow Ms Atwell also.

Jay Thomas

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Narrator Speed

The narrator spoke extremely fast. I found that it was a much better listen when I slowed it down to .75.

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Back again

I read this book some twenty or thirty years ago and remembered how much I enjoyed it but didn't remember why. So, going back again, but to audio now. I'm glad I did because the woman reading the story did so with immense expression and dignity.

In my younger days imagine my love of the story was a teaching of how to age with grace even with struggles and people you love not quite reaching your perceived Potencial. That still rings true for me now, but more so is that the lead character held onto her self, intuitions, and basic decency. This I take with me and am thankful for Ms. Pilcher's gift.

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Wonderful story & writing

I read this when it first came out years ago. To listen to it was so pleasurable. The narration was good. It is frightfully pricey so I was glad to have a credit to use. But the novel is so beautiful, Rich with description and color. I highly recommend it.

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One of Pilcher's finest works.

I waited over 20 years for this audiobook to be re-released to the U.S. Market. The Shell Seekers is among the top 10 all my all time time favorite stories. The characters of Noel and Nancy are just too self absorbed, selfish, money grubbing and greedy . . . you just love to hate them.
The first time I listened to this in the late 80's/early 90's I believe that it was the Barbara Rosenblat recording, which was both brilliant and vibrant. It seemed far longer and more sweeping than Ms. Atwell's reading. That being said though, Ms. Atwell did a fine job.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone that loves a good read with very realistic characters.

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Lovely

Rosamunde Pilcher is an author I adore. I was so happy to see unabridged version appear and I was not disappointed. The production values were excellent and I was not disappointed.

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A pleasant story unfolds.....

Long, multi-generational, told out of sequence, and with many characters, following each story line was confusing, as the reader made no attempt to do different voices for the characters and I kept forgetting who was who. The story is mildly interesting, altho if I'd quit the book in the middle I would not have spent any time wondering how it turned out. But the author does a brilliant job of defining her characters not with adjectives as much as with their postures, gestures, and behavior. You can end up feeling like you know these people, and very quickly.

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Wonderful in every way.

I originally read this great story in the late eighties. My Mother read it after hearing me go on about it; and it became her favorite book to read and re-read. Hearing it read so skillfully was a big treat. This re-read, so many years later, was richer in color and detail than I had remembered. It also helped me grieve the loss of my Mom, as it dawned on me, the many reasons why she loved this story and it’s characters, set during and after World War II.

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As good as the first time

This book was just as enjoyable as it was the first time I read it many, many years ago. Plus the narrator is fantastic. A good epic family saga. Well worth a listen.

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just lovely

the descriptions in this book made me feel like I was there with the characters but not too much that it was boring. the narrator was awesome and I felt like it was my sister reading to me. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, happy read.

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