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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Pilcher Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781427201324
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The annual Edinburgh International Festival, which celebrates film, music, and comedy, brings thousands to the beloved Scottish town each summer. This year, the festival draws six unique and vibrant individuals, who all come together to follow their dreams—seeking success, love, fame, or simply happiness. Each of these incredibly well-crafted and intriguing characters is trying to discover their destiny, and during this one magnificent summer, paths cross and lives are forever changed. Inspiring, funny, warm, and full of vivid descriptions of the sights and sounds of Edinburgh, Starburst is another Pilcher winner.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Robin Pilcher creates a story of love, compassion and understanding that rivals his mother's (Rosamunde) works AudioFile on An Ocean Apart

  • Pilcher offers a charming story about life in the new millennium and one man's pursuit of happiness, a tale that will appeal to both men and women. Booklist on A Risk Worth Taking
  • Pilcher writes with an excellent sense of the pace of his story. It's easy to feel you know these people and to grasp the complexities of their relationships...a worthy novel. Houston Chronicle on Starting Over

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/16/2014

    " fun book. Robin Pilcher has many of the gifts his mother Rosamunde Pilcher has. give it a whirl you will like the characters quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/16/2014

    " I have a soft spot for these and I enjoyed it. They aren't nearly as good as his mother's books but still nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 2/7/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a tale of lives linked through the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was a light story, but it engaged my emotions and interest. You could tell it was written by someone who had an intimate knowledge of this Scottish town and institution. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 1/18/2014

    " What a wonderfully woven story about Edinburgh. Having just traveled to Scotland and walked the streets in Edinburgh, I could really see what the author was describing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen Rainey | 1/10/2014

    " Fun and likeable characters who converge on a festival by error and accident and providence. In the style of Maeve Binchey. Like his Mom, you feel good after you read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 1/6/2014

    " Set around the time of the Edinburgh Festival, this novel follows several characters whose lives intercept and overlap. It was a decent enough read, not my usual, but I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy more work by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/21/2013

    " A story set in Edinburg, a favorite city of mine. I was hoping to read more about this enchanting place, but the story lacked any intimacy. There seemed to be too many characters and not enough development to keep interested in many of them. Just an ok read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/4/2013

    " A nice British novel. It was a bit hard to get into as there were so many characters to develop that I had forgotten what was going on with the first by the time their story came back around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Mikalunas | 6/16/2013

    " I loved this book! A great story and I highly recommend the audio version. John Lee is a fabulous reader. I was amazed at how well he switched between all the characters and their respective accents. Just awesome. I will listen to this book again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/6/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book right up until the poor excuse of an ending. Totally uninspired way to wrap up a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/27/2012

    " I was confused at first how all the characters fit together, but the author combined them beautifully! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth | 11/15/2012

    " I love Rosamunde Pilcher's books, but her son's writing does nothing for me. I never finished the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 9/21/2012

    " As a fan of his mother's books, I was eager to read this. I really enjoyed it, especially his great character descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katiebee | 6/11/2012

    " Wasn't a book I would have chosen, but was given to me. I ended up enjoying it very much and am now craving a trip to Scotland for the festival! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/19/2011

    " Pretty good, nothing spectacular, but some of the characters were engaging and you do find yourself wanting to know how everything comes out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 11/29/2011

    " It takes place in Edinburgh, one of my favorite cities, so that made it worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steffi | 10/25/2011

    " I had no expectations about this book and it really surprised. loved the connection of the different characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 9/21/2011

    " The story of several people who's lives are brought together through a festival in Scotland. I liked the story well enough but their were so many characters that it was hard to keep track of them all at times. To make matters worse, a few of them had the same initials!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 7/2/2011

    " Set in Edinburgh during the annual Festival, this book introduces the reader to many characters, who will eventually meet and interact. This was a very good read, funny in places and sad in others. I recommend it highly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharneel | 1/11/2011

    " I like the way Pilcher weaves disparate lives into a story and shows the serendipity of fate and circumstances. I only wish the fates were kinder in reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/21/2010

    " Not bad, although i've enjoyed Robin Pilcher's other books a bit more. This one dragged a bit for me, although not enough to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/29/2010

    " I listened to this on audiobook so I don't know if it counts, but it was definitely one of my favorite books on tape, probably because of all the English and Scottish accents! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharneel | 9/28/2010

    " I like the way Pilcher weaves disparate lives into a story and shows the serendipity of fate and circumstances. I only wish the fates were kinder in reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 9/27/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a tale of lives linked through the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was a light story, but it engaged my emotions and interest. You could tell it was written by someone who had an intimate knowledge of this Scottish town and institution. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 9/12/2010

    " Set in Edinburgh during the annual Festival, this book introduces the reader to many characters, who will eventually meet and interact. This was a very good read, funny in places and sad in others. I recommend it highly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 8/30/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book right up until the poor excuse of an ending. Totally uninspired way to wrap up a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 8/28/2010

    " Set around the time of the Edinburgh Festival, this novel follows several characters whose lives intercept and overlap. It was a decent enough read, not my usual, but I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy more work by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 5/11/2009

    " This was my first exposure to a Robin Pilcher novel. The son of Rosamunde Pilcher, he writes in a style similar to hers. The story is set in Edinburgh and involves a confluence in interesting but disparate characters. I'm looking forward to other Robin Pilcher books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/25/2009

    " Great book. I'm ready to visit Scotland now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katiebee | 1/6/2009

    " Wasn't a book I would have chosen, but was given to me. I ended up enjoying it very much and am now craving a trip to Scotland for the festival! "

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About the Author

Robin Pilcher is the son of bestselling novelist Rosamunde Pilcher. His first three novels, An Ocean Apart, Starting Over, and A Risk Worth Taking were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Dundee, Scotland.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.