The Comet Seekers (audiobook)

A Novel

9.1 hrs • 8 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 10/11/16
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 10/11/16 9781504799959
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 10/11/16 9781504799966
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An Elle Magazine Pick for Book of the Month

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A magical, intoxicating debut novel, both intimate and epic, that intertwines the past, present, and future of two lovers bound by the passing of great comets overhead and a coterie of remarkable ancestors

Róisín and François are immediately drawn to each other when they meet at a remote research base on the frozen ice sheets of Antarctica. At first glance, the pair could not be more different. Older by a few years, Róisín, a daughter of Ireland and a peripatetic astronomer, joins the science team to observe the fracturing of a comet overhead. François, the base’s chef, has just left his birthplace in Bayeux, France, for only the second time in his life. Yet devastating tragedy and the longing for a fresh start, which they share, as well as an indelible but unknown bond that stretches back centuries, connect them to each other.

Helen Sedgwick carefully unfolds their surprisingly intertwined paths, moving forward and back through time to reveal how these lovers’ destinies have long been tied to each other by the skies—the arrival of comets great and small. In telling Róisín and François’s story, Sedgwick illuminates the lives of their ancestors, showing how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and how the way we choose to see the world can be as desolate or as beautiful as the comets themselves.

A mesmerizing, skillfully crafted, and emotionally perceptive novel that explores the choices we make, the connections we miss, and the ties that inextricably join our fates, The Comet Seekers reflects how the shifting cosmos unite us all through life, beyond death, and across the whole of time.

Review Quotes

“Narrator Billie Fulford–Brown’s light, musical voice carries listeners through this story…Fulford–Brown’s expressive voice conveys a plethora of emotions in pitch-perfect French, Irish, and English accents. Although this is a fantastical tale with love and ghosts, there’s also science and rational thought. Fulford–Brown gives them all equal weight. Winner of the AudioFIle Earphones Award.”


“A breathtaking tale of love, loss, and heartbreak.”


“A stellar love story that echoes down decades and centuries.”


“An exquisitely layered, thrilling novel, which leaps across centuries and continents to delve into the role of destiny and the elusiveness of perception and memory.”

New York Times

“A haunting and wonderfully ethereal debut novel about first loves, inescapable loss, and the search for one’s place in a complicated world.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A first novel of remarkable grace, beauty, and insight.”

Joseph O’Connor, author of Star of the Sea

“Haunting and beautiful…A captivating story, deftly told, about those who are driven to explore and those who must stay behind.”

Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni