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September

Narrated by: Jilly Bond
Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

Rosamunde Pilcher's major best seller, also a successful TV film, now available in unabridged audio download.

As spring comes to Scotland and the hills burst into life, a dance is planned for September. The invitations summon home the group of people Violet Aird has cared for most in her long life. The oldest, strongest and wisest of them all, she sees Alexa, her vulnerable granddaughter, find love for the first time while the decision to send her little grandson away to school is driving parents Edmund and Virginia even further apart.

Far from them all is Pandora, the glamorous, exciting girl who ran away 20 years before. All will converge on Scotland this September, bringing their stories with them.

©1990 Fiona Mary Pilcher (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Talk about hard going

I found it almost impossible to concentrate on the story because of the dreadful narration. The accents are ridiculous, lady Violet sounds like a demented old Welsh woman while little Henry is similar.. A few chapters were all I could manage. I am returning the book. A shame as I like this author.

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Fabulous

Would you consider the audio edition of September to be better than the print version?

Not better, equally as good. I enjoyed both.

What was one of the most memorable moments of September?

The ending! I won’t give it away. Even though I knew what was going to happen as I had read the book I was still shocked by the ending.

Which character – as performed by Jilly Bond – was your favourite?

Jilly Bond did an excellent job with the Scottish accents - I especially liked Vi, Edie and Mrs Ishac. The voice she did for Lottie Carstairs was menancing, snooty and mad as a hatter!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Scotland in September, the thrills and spills of the Highland Dance Season.

Any additional comments?

Jilly Bond is an excellent narrator, I love this audiobook.

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Very enjoyable story

I found the narrator a little irritating at times but overall very enjoyable. Good story

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Not t her best

I usually love Rosalind Pilcher but this was disappointing - the narration was awful and at times I nearly returned the book because of it but I stuck it out til the end.

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Ruined by the narration

During this time of lockdown I was looking for a long, easy listening novel and thought a Rosamond Pilcher would probably fit the bill. It did, to a certain extent although I did find the story increasingly unbelievable, but it’s very gentle and has a feel good factor. However, I must make a note to never, ever buy a book read by this narrator again. She completely ruined the novel with her exaggerated delivery, infantile and incredibly irritating. It was as if she was reading to a class of eight-year-olds. Her portrayal of any woman over the age of 40 seemed to turn them into ancient crones, just dreadful.

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Sorry I have to cancel my 30 day trial, it is not for me. Thank you.

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Another Old Favourite

Being able to listen to my favourite books now that reading is difficult is a joy !
September is one I was longing to read again and this audio edition is perfect .
The characters are so interesting anyway and the reader brings them to life .
Enjoyed every word 😊

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Loved this book

Great story with interesting characters and the excellent narration made this a very enjoyable listen.

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Wrong Scottish accents

I love this story and normally I love listening to Jilly Bond, but this one just did not work for me. I am Scottish and can easily distinguish regional accents. Jilly’s mish-mash of accents made me cringe in places and I have to say that most women of a certain age in Scotland would be horrified to hear themselves portrayed as grumpy old crones.

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Lovely book - unexpected ending

Another beautiful reading by Jilly Bond. She has a lovely warm voice and she brings you right into the story. This story dragged a little to begin with. I hadn't read The Shell Seekers before reading this one so was unacquainted with Noel and disliked him intensely to begin with.
Over time however, I really got into the story and enjoyed it immensely. I wasn't expecting the ending and it shocked me intensely. I loved the setting and have decided to go to Scotland to go have a look for myself. It just sounds beautiful.
I only gave the story 4 stars as initially, I really disliked a couple of the characters and also, I found the social classes aspect really annoying - for example (spoiler) I was a bit outraged that Edie hadn't been invited to the party - however, in spite of this, generally I loved it.