Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Under Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher


Under Gemini..Abridged

  • Audiotape: 2 tapes Abridged 3hrs listening
  • Genre : Romantic Fiction
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Audio Books 1992
  • Source: From a selection I have languishing on shelves.
  • Read By : Imogen Stubbs

A totally new departure for me, this is the first time I have reviewed an Audio Book. I recently discovered a collection of approximately twenty audio books that we have moved from house to house for years. It is time that most of them were moved on as tapes are rather out dated, although I might keep the classics. They do have one advantage though over books on CD’s in that it is easier to find your place if you do not listen in one sitting. I normally listen to the radio or music on my i pod while I am ironing so time for an occasional change of routine.

I have started off with Under Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher which was released in 1992 and I have no idea how or why I came to have it on tape. Rosamunde Pilcher is an author whose books I happen to have read no less than 7 of between 1990 and 1997 and just one since we left the UK in 2004.  My favourite of her books which was originally published in 1987 is ‘The Shell Seekers’ which was on the long list for The Best Love Story of the Last Fifty Years 1960 - 2010

This abridged version of Under Gemini was very easy listening, over two ironing sessions, nothing spectacular but I enjoyed listening to this tale of love, betrayal and deception. It is the story of identical twins Rose and Flora who are unaware of each others existence until they meet quite by chance in a London restaurant. The chances of this happening are so very remote that this did annoy me a little, but then this is a novel. They both lead very different lifestyles and for reasons that will be revealed to those that read or listen to this book, Rose persuades Flora to stand in for her to help her escape a man she no longer has romantic feelings for. In taking her twin sisters place Flora’s life is changed for ever. A bit of a cliché but then it is as she finds happiness beyond her dreams.

Pleasant enough easy listening, I certainly recommend you try her novels if you are a fan of British romantic fiction authors.

Rosamunde Pilcher

Rosamunde Pilcher was born in Cornwall, UK on September 22, 1924.

Rosamunde Pilcher has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist and short story writer, covering the period from 1949 to 2000 when she retired from writing. It was her phenomenally successful novel, The Shell Seekers , that captured the hearts of all who read it, and won her international recognition as one of the best-loved story-tellers of our time. At least three of her bestselling novels, September, Coming Home and Winter Solstice  were made into television films.  In 2002 she was awarded an O.B.E for services to literature. She lives near Dundee.

Biographical information courtesy of Wikipedia and Amazon.co.uk


  1. September is one of my all time favorite books. Love it!!! Good review!

  2. Wonderful review! I am stopping by from SITS. I love books, so this is my kind of blog!

    Glad to meet you :-)

  3. I've read several of Pilcher's books (all three that were made into movies and possibly others that I'm forgetting), but my favorite was definitely The Shell Seekers. I haven't read anything by her in long time. Thanks for this walk down memory lane.

  4. I am so glad you spotlight the authors of the book you review. I have heard of all these movies, never realized they were these wonderful books. Thanks.

  5. I haven't read any of her novels! I really must rectify that.

  6. Ricki Jill@ Thankyou, I hope her books will continue to be read.

    Stacey, Welcome and thankyou for becoming a follower, I hope you will find my reviews of interest.

    Pam@ You are right her work is a walk down memory lane for us. :)

    Bookquoter@ Thanks I am delighted you find the extra info interesting.

    Talli@ I hope you do, as if your generation do not read her work it will be such a shame.

  7. I've read The Shell Seekers but quite a few years ago. I did like the author and I've got a feeling I may have read one of her others too. I agree. Pleasant enough....though that sounds a bit damning, doesn't it?!!!


  8. Sarah@ As I mentioned to Talli it please me that your generation are reading the novels of Rosamunde Pilcher. I certainly did not intend that the phrase 'pleasant enough' should sound damning! It is just how I felt about the story which possibly might feel a little dated especially to your generation.

  9. Love this review - I haven't thought about this author in years. I think I'll go back and read The Shell Seakers again. It brings back warm memories! Thank you-

  10. Pandora's Cottage@ Thankyou and welcome. You are right about Rosamunde Pilcher evoking warm memories, a reason I hope her work will continue to be read and enjoyed.

  11. I have had Shell Seekers on my shelf forever! I have read many good reviews for her books and I'll have to find this one to add to my collection and read them.
    Natalie ;0)
    Oh I also love audio books especially when exercising or driving but, I don't think I would listen to one that was lengthy like IT LOL!! Or whatever that huge Stephen King book is.

  12. Natalie@ Although it might now seem a little dated to you in style, The Shell Seekers is definitely worth reading.


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