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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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September

good book for holiday reading especially if you are holiday in Scotland the description s are wonderful

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Another wonderful read from Rosamunde Pilcher.

So many stories combining to make the whole such a great read. She understands life and people so well. It has helped me during lockdown.

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Appalling accents

The story is good and the narration was good when she was not doing Scottish accents. When she was it was painful. I’m not sure if she’s heard many Scottish people speak, I’m pretty sure she’s never heard any Scottish children speak.

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Enjoyable but flawed

Another enjoyable book from Rosamunde Pilcher who is excellent at assembling a cast of characters and playing out a restrained drama amongst them. However, this book was contradictory on a couple of accounts.
Firstly it was a long slow build up to the climax section of the story ie the day of the party but then the drama was quickly ended and some of the important character interactions were just shoe-horned in at the end or reported as having happened so the end seemed to come abruptly (too soon).
The second contradiction was the narrator’s performance in that she gave an animated and energetic performance and really brought the dialogue to life but the accents were at times distracting. Clearly her range of possible Scottish accents was limited so all the main Scottish characters had the same take on an elderly posh Edinburgh person. This meant the 8 year old had the same elderly voice as his grandmother and all the middle aged characters sounded much older than their years. As a Scot I am resigned to Scottish accents being hit and miss but in this case the one “voice” although quite good was not adequate for the range of characters. Despite these niggles I enjoyed the book and was as always sad when it had finished.

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Overall, bilge

This book certainly doesn’t stint on the laborious, extraneous detail. While there are a few passages that prove the author is capable of writing stirringly, never before have more doors been opened, walked through and closed or more kettles filled, switched on and boiled. Also, some of the characters were just a tad cliched and their behaviour improbable. Finally, I’m sure Jilly Bond is a fine actress but in this instance her delivery was incredibly irritating.

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wonderful story

As most of the reviews mentioned, the plot took a little while to gain momentum, but the groundwork laid paid off in the end. Characters were well-rounded and felt honest. I loved the descriptions of the Scottish Highlands, as I'm in Glasgow at the moment. A beautiful and poignant tale that will stay with me a long time. This would make a wonderful vacation/holiday read as I felt transported. The narration takes a little time to get used to, but Jilly hit her stride as we got going. I highly recommend this audio book!!!