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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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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.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • TB
  • 01-18-18

Narrator Speed

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

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

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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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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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  • Dylan
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  • 01-15-18

A Stand Out Performance.

Really stepped out of my comfort zone with this book. And I am really glad I did!
I was enticed here as I am a fan of Hayley Atwell. I really wanted to see how her skills on the screen translated to narrating a book. For that I was really impressed and I hope she continues to do more!
The biggest surprise was that I managed to enjoy the story too! I had no idea this was a well known book - and I really am glad that I found this gem! Highly recommended.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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Not what I remembered

I read The Shell Seekers years ago and loved it, but on revisiting the story recently, I realized it no longer held its magic for me. Too long, for one thing, and the plot was too neat and tidy in many places. The performance was fine but couldn't save the story for me.

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  • Sandy
  • Norman, OK, United States
  • 06-29-18

Mixed feelings here

I had mixed feelings about this book. The book felt stuffy, like a lot of books about the English do. Let’s face it, they ARE a stuffy lot. At times I felt the book was incredibly boring. A lot was about listening to a family squabble with each other. But I did like the two main characters; who of course were sensible and godlike when dealing with their detestable family. The ending was nice. The performance in this audible book was very well done. I’m very glad it was on sale when I bought it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful