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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (33,652 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rosamunde Pilcher Narrator: Lynn Redgrave Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553751970
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#1 New York Times Bestseller
"The Shell Seekers is a deeply satisfying story, written with love and confidence."
—Maeve Binchy, The New York Times Book Review
The Shell Seekers, the classic novel by acclaimed writer Rosamunde Pilcher, is now available in hardcover once more. This epic romance has sold over 3.5 million copies to date; her other bestsellers include Winter Solstice, Wild Mountain Thyme, and Coming Home.
Set in London and Cornwall from World War II to present, The Shell Seekers tells the story of the Keeling family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. The family centers around Penelope, and it is her love, courage, and sense of values that determine the course of all their lives, Deftly shifting back and forth in time, each chapter centers on one of the principal players in the family's history. the unifying thread is an oil painting entitled "The Shell Seekers," done by Penelope's father. It is this painting that symbolizes to Penelope the ties between the generations. But it is the fate of this painting that just may tear the family apart.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 2/10/2014

    " Quite enjoyable but things fell into place a little too perfectly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 2/9/2014

    " I can read this book once a year (and I usually do!) and never get sick of it. The characters are wonderful, the plot is interesting and the writting is very good. I've read a few others by Rosamonde Pilcher - this is my favorite! A good book for curling up by the fire and reading a weekend away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It took me a long time to get in to the story, but Pilcher's writing style makes it easy to get sucked in. Easy read, but I feel like I've read this too many times before. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paula | 1/27/2014

    " OMG its so boring it makes me want to claw my eyes out! Penelope's kids are unbrearable, Penelope is unbearable. All of the main characters, except maybe Olivia, are minor jerks- They dont even compell you to dislike them all that much and very little happens. Its like 20 hours of listening to some strange grandmother who you dont particularly like tell you her life story- sure people she loves die in the war,her parents get old and die, marrages are not always happy, kids can be annoying. Duh. Who cares! I certainly dont, and the author fails to make me feel any more involved than reading the morning paper- only nothing in THIS story is newsworthy. I cant believe someone thought it was a good idea to publish this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckenna | 1/21/2014

    " Oh Penelope...the life you led. It was difficult to get into this book at first because the first few chapters are about Penelope's awful grown children. Finally it gets into her story and it is riveting. It takes place during WWII. I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/10/2014

    " Such a wonderful book with layers upon layers of richly developed characters with wonderful soap-opera-ish lives. A favourite of my "fluffy" reads!! The kind of book you'd like to step into and live in for awhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 1/2/2014

    " One of my favourite books :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/31/2013

    " I cannot say too many good things about this book. I fell in love with Penelope. This book was a great read. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/26/2013

    " This is considered PiIlcher's best book. I felt that way until she wrote "Winter Solstice", but it is still an incredible book that deals with family relationships and priorities. So well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Blaber | 11/1/2013

    " I've read this several times. One of my favourites, I find it soothing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 10/30/2013

    " This was such a good book, so much better than the movie... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 10/20/2013

    " I love all of her books. I decided to just put this book up as a representation of all her books. Anything written by Rosemond Pilcher I would read. They are sweet, and happy, and clean, and always have a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/16/2013

    " One of my favorites....like spending time with old friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby | 9/12/2013

    " I've read ALL of Rosamunde Pilcher's books over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed them. This was the first one I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 8/28/2013

    " You just sink into these characters and the surroundings. Reviewing it is making me want to read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DeeAnn | 8/24/2013

    " One of my all-time faves! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jules | 7/17/2013

    " I come back to this book over and over, like an old friend. It's old school type of writing that takes time to get to know the characters, and focuses a lot on the lovely details of every day life: making a cup of tea, swimming, working in a garden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 7/13/2013

    " Again, like Coming Home I loved the setting. I am a sucker for English countryside and war times. This was not as long (580 pages) which probably makes me like it a bit more. Some of the characters I didn't love (because they were dumb), but I loved the story of Penelope--the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleena | 5/12/2013

    " I liked this book but it was a little slow at the beginning and parts throughout were depressing, but the second half of the book finally got to the plot and had a charm about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gillian | 4/28/2013

    " I read this long ago and really enjoyed it. Light happy holiday read. I don't think I would enjoy it as much today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Mckenna | 4/15/2013

    " Rosamunde Pilcher is one of my most favorite authors. I like all her books but this was my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 4/4/2013

    " One of my favorite authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 12/6/2012

    " I didn't actually finish this book. I got bored with it and gave up...maybe I was just to preoccupied to get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Eaton | 10/25/2012

    " A wonderful feel good factor book encompassing Cornwall, art etc. Thoroughly entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthie | 10/18/2012

    " My Mom turned me on to this book, and it was so good, I am glad she did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breena | 9/30/2012

    " A book that I can read and re-read over and over. I just love the characters and the span of the story. I have read this so often, I have parts of it memorized and I skip the parts I don't love HAHA! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/21/2012

    " This was my book for holiday in Mexico. It was a little too long and slow starting. The characters were interesting but nothing I couldn't put down. It all wrapped up nicely in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 8/4/2012

    " What a lovely book. I read this book years ago and it was just as good the second time. Pilcher is very like Maeve Binchy "

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