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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.
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By Linda Carroll on 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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By Kate on 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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