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Winter Solstice Audiobook

Winter Solstice

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Publisher's Summary

When Elfrida Phipps abandons London for a quaint country village, she settles in quickly. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog Horace, and the friendship of good neighbors, Oscar, Gloria and their little girl. Perhaps, at last, she can exorcise the pain of the past and find peace. But it is not to be. Tragedy upsets Elfrida's newfound tranquility and she takes refuge in a rambling house in the north of Scotland called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster. But somehow the group proves to be greater than the sum of its ill-suited parts, and as the solstice passes and Christmas approaches, the healing power of love on even the most troubled human spirit begins to work its magic.

©2000 Rosamunde Pilcher; (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Nominee, 2001 Audie Award, Solo Narration - Female
"... an excellent performance that truly brings the author's words to life...Redgrave inhabits the author's homey prose as easily as slipping into a comfy pair of slippers... " (Publishers Weekly)

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    Neda Lincoln, Lincs, United Kingdom 04/05/2010
    Neda Lincoln, Lincs, United Kingdom 04/05/2010
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    "Winter Solstice"

    Disappointed - Having read the book I was looking forward to enjoying the recording as much as Coming Home read by Hannah Gordon. Vanessa Redgrave didn't define the characters adequately so the weaving of the story was blurred and eventually I gave up listening, pity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Eileen
    Gardnerville, NV, United States
    14/12/11
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    "A Good Read"

    Rosamunde Pilcher is only second to Jane Austin in my world, with The Shell Seekers on a par with Pride and Prejudice. Winter Solstice is not exciting in any way, it is like comfort food...filling and satisfying. It is a simple story about simple people who could be people you know or used to know. Do not let me give you the idea that this means the story is boring, it is not, not at all. I loved getting to know the characters, sharing their losses, pleasures and loves, especially Oscar. This is a perfect book to curl up with when you want soothing or to be taken out of your own woes for a short time and go for a brief visit somewhere else.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • paula
    HInsdale, MA, United States
    20/04/09
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    "I Loved this Audio"

    The reading by Lynne Redgrave was superb, she made my favorite characters come to life.The only thing I didn't like, was that I accidently bought the abridged version, my favorite part was edited out for the audio. Winter Solstice is my favorite Rosamund Pilcher book,

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lyn
    NEW ULM, MN, United States
    01/01/12
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    "Loved"

    A friend wanted me to read this book and actually bought me another one by Ms Pilcher. I am looking forward to listening and reading more of her books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MillenniumMike
    Aurora, IL United States
    16/02/15
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    "Sweet story, wonderfully read"

    I read this book some years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. This abridged audio version is a most enjoyable version, for the very relatable characters, the very descriptive prose, the satisfaction of characters trying to make life better for each other, and the absolutely wonderful reading by Lynn Redgrave. Early on this version spends a little too much time on a few less significant characters, but then it gets back on track and moves nicely forward. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Easyfordkid
    02/12/03
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    "Good Story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good characters and a satisfying story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Trudi
    26/09/16
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    "Meh."

    I picked this book because I love the narrator, Lynne Redgrave but was sorely disappointed by the content of the book which was too sickly sweet and had everything wrapping up to neatly. The one bad thing that does happen, a mother & daughter dying, is glossed over and I felt was added only to make the dad available to marry a more suitable mate. The fact that the dad got over the death of his wife & daughter in two months and is ready to marry again didn't seem realistic or sit well with me. Everything that happens was easily predicted ahead of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brenda Womack
    Memphis, TN, US
    16/08/16
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    "Missing partd"

    I love this book but not the abridged version which is missing some components that help flesh out the characters.. I love Lynn Redgraves interpretation of the voices.. Just wish it was the entire story.. I will delete it without finishing it..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelly Deshon
    15/08/16
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    "Narrated by Ms. Redgrave"

    She did a terrific job, unlike other narrators for Ms. Pilcher's books. Thank-you so much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ButterflyRose
    30/07/16
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    "Wonderful abridged version of an excellent story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because Winter Solstice is well written and pleasantly read by the narrator. Lynn Redgrave's voice is perfect for this novel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter Solstice?

    The excellent writing and plot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glenice Efroymson
    29/07/16
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    "Love this story!"

    I love this story and have read/listened to it a number of times. I just wish the unabridged version was available, you just get so much more of the characters and how they come together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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