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Publisher's Summary

For the first time in unabridged audio download comes Rosamunde Pilcher's phenomenal, heartwarming best seller, read by Hayley Atwell.
Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a Bohemian childhood in London and Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she truly loved. She has brought up three children - and learned to accept them as they are.
Yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old age. And when she discovers that her most treasured possession, her father's painting, The Shell Seekers, is now worth a small fortune, it is Penelope who must make the decisions that will determine whether her family can continue to survive as a family or be split apart.
©1987 Rosamunde Pilcher (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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By Letty on 01-17-18

Disappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommended the book to a friend to read but I wouldn’t recommended that they listen to it by audible book.
It is a wonderful book and I have read it, really enjoyed it and was so looking forward to listening to it again but the narration spoilt it for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

When I read the book to myself I liked Penelope's parents the best.
But unfortunately the way the characters are read by the narrator makes them all so disagreeable and annoying. They all seem permantly cross, irritated or resentful. It’s really tiring to listen to!

How could the performance have been better?

The narration needed a lot more spark. It was read in such an aggrieved way that I just kept hoping that someone (anyone!) would be happy but it wasn’t to be.
Also, as previously mentioned by other reviewers several words kept being mispronounced. Simple words such as hearth...it was disconcerting.

Was The Shell Seekers worth the listening time?

Unfortunately not. I had such high hopes when I saw that it was available and couldn’t wait to listen but it wasn’t what I had hoped for at all.

Any additional comments?

I will definitely try some other Rosamunde Pilcher audible books but look for a different narrator next time.

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By Mrs. G. Lane on 12-27-17

Wonderful Story.

I absolutely love this book. It’s one of my all time favourite books. Such a shame the narrator mis pronounced so many many words. It was really irritating.
I am so happy that Jill Bond is narrating September.

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By FiveAus on 01-04-18

One of my favourite stories ever

Would you consider the audio edition of The Shell Seekers to be better than the print version?

Yes, it was lovely to hear it come to life. Not sure about better, but beautiful in a slightly different way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shell Seekers?

When Penelope and friends visited Cornwall.

What didn’t you like about Hayley Atwell’s performance?

A lot of her male voices sound like they are mumbling in their sleep, with the exception of Ambrose and Noel, who manage to sound like petulant teenage girls.
And some words were mispronounced; the one that grated most was the word "executor" which she made sound like "executioner".
On the whole though she was pleasant to listen to and has an accent very suited to the characters.

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