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In Winter Solstice, best-selling author Rosamunde Pilcher brings listeners into the lives of five very different people.... 

Elfrida Phipps, once of London's stage, moved to the English village of Dibton in hopes of making a new life for herself. Gradually she settled into the comfortable familiarity of village life - shopkeepers knowing her tastes, neighbors calling her by name - still she finds herself lonely. 

Oscar Blundell gave up his life as a musician in order to marry Gloria. They have a beautiful daughter, Francesca, and it is only because of their little girl that Oscar views his sacrificed career as worthwhile. 

Carrie returns from Austria at the end of an ill-fated affair with a married man to find her mother and sister sharing a home and squabbling endlessly. With Christmas approaching, Carrie agrees to look after her sister's awkward and quiet teenage daughter, Lucy, so that her mother might enjoy a romantic fling in America. 

Sam Howard is trying to pull his life back together after his wife has left him for another. He is without home and without roots; all he has is his job. Business takes him to northern Scotland, where he falls in love with the lush, craggy landscape and set his sights on a house. 

It is the strange rippling effects of a tragedy that will bring these five characters together in a large, neglected estate house near the Scottish fishing town of Creagan. It is in this house, on the shortest day of the year, that the lives of five people will come together and be forever changed. 

Rosamunde Pilcher's long-awaited return will warm the hearts of listeners both old and new. Winter Solstice is an audiobook about love, loyalty, and rebirth.

©2000 Rosamunde Pilcher (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

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  • 2020-01-15

A Tradition

I adore this book. It was the first Rosamunde Pilcher book I ever read and I was immediately hooked, going on to read all her others. The characters in this story become like friends and like the holidays, you hate to see them go as you listen to the last paragraph. It's been a tradition of mine to read it every Christmas but then I was in a car accident and sadly after being a lifelong avid reader, I found reading print quite difficult. Thank goodness for audiobooks and for Audible!

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Great story

Great story. I loved they started out as different stories and intertwined together beautifully. I did find towards the end my mind kept straying and I kept having to go back to re listen. Otherwise would have been 5 stars from me <3 I will definitely read or listen to more of her books.

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Voices

I found that some of this was hard to understand as the voice quality of some of the minor characters was overdone with accent and an attempt to reflect age. But I loved th

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Wonderful!

I did not want this story to end. The narrator was absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to listen to more stirred by Rosamund Pilcher.

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Narration

Unfortunately I didn't get past chapter 2, as the narration was absolutely horrible. This might be a better book to visually read.

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Very much a feel good story

I really enjoyed this story and most of the characters. I thought the character of Elfreida very much a Pollyanna type of personality. I liked the story but thought oscar should have taken longer to grieve before making such huge decisions. Very good story. Not giving it 5 stars because I found the reader annoying at first but seemed to get accustomed to it. I might avoid a book read by that reader in future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-24

An absolute joy!

I have loved this book ever since it was first published nearly twenty years ago, and have read it over and over again. The Audible version is an absolute joy. The narrator is delightful; she gives each character a distinctive voice, even managing Sam’s slight overlay of an American accent. I am sure I will give myself the pleasure of listening to this version again, and would recommend it to anyone, whether they are familiar with the book or newly encountering it.

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  • Lindsay C.
  • 2018-11-27

Lovely Winter Story

I had read this years ago and thought what a wonderful story, drawing all these different characters and their respective storylines together, so when I saw an unabridged recording I was excited. Another review said they didn’t click with the narrator, so I was a little leery, but I think it was fine. (I do wish the Vanessa Redgrave abridged recording would have just gone ahead with the whole book, I’m sure she did a superb job but I can’t stand abridged works:/). The narrator does do an older/creakier woman’s voice for the main character but she is supposed to be 63 or so 🤷‍♀️. She does a better job with men’s deeper voices than many female narrator, too, and her child (well, teenage girl) voice was MUCH easier on the ear than many narrators. This was an awesome listen for my commute in chilly weather, very British, very cozy. Rosamunde pilcher is wonderful, and I would listen to audiobooks by this narrator again.

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  • Linda B. Wilcox
  • 2020-12-23

I plan to listen to this each and every December

This listen was recommended to me. It hit the spot, transporting this lonely widow into a magical story so well told and read. True escapism to a happier place.

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  • Peggy Fulghum
  • 2018-02-17

The reader left me cold

I do not like to be negative but the reader really bothered me to the point I almost skipped to the end. Her feeble high pitched voice reminded me of an 88 year not a sixty something. The screeching and straining was unpleasant to my ears.

I enjoyed the story and decided to revisit Scotland but probably not in winter.

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  • Cynthia R Phillips
  • 2020-01-06

narration unlistenable

could not tolerate the narration...returned audio - will read hard copy instead (for a book discussion)

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  • MIKE
  • 2019-10-22

Annual Tradition to read this book

This was one of my mother's favorite stories. I read it every winter and remember her. But I also read it because i love the characters, I love the setting, and everything seems to turn out well in the end.

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  • Addicted to Audible
  • 2019-07-07

long loved the book, audio was like new

I have loved this book ever since my first reading, more years ago than I will admit to, so I thought it might be fun to listen. I am so glad I did - listening was like I was "reading" it for the very first time. The narrator did such a great job reading each character with unique intonations and rhythms. Wonderful story about heart break and healing read in such a great manner.

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  • Feather
  • 2018-06-30

Great story - hate the narrator

I first read this book 20 or more years ago and loved it. It is a hopeful story. At some point I purchased the book on cassettes. The narrator was terrific - those tapes are long gone and I was so excited to purchase the unabridged (although I do think it has some minimal abridgement) audiobook. Unfortunately, the narrator is not as good as the previous person and it did lessen my enjoyment.

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  • Susan T. Stephenson
  • 2018-06-29

Disappointed

I loved the Shell Seekers and the narrator Hayley Atwell took you right into the time and place of the story. I was looking for another such delight. But the narrator of Winter Solstice, Jilly Bond makes you wish you were elsewhere. I didn't get too far with the story simply because I couldn't listen to it any longer.

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  • Karen Couch Brier
  • 2019-04-18

A million times amazing

I think I have listened to the last two chapters at least a million times. I love this book. Moving and sad and happy and uplifting in every way

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