Only one can be the favoured child and inherit the magical understanding between the land and the Lacey family. Only one can be Beatrice Lacey' true heir.
©2009 Philippa Gregory; (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing
"Set in England, this long, sweeping soap opera revolves around the women of the Wideacre estate, their lives and loves, triumphs and tragedies." (Library Journal)
"Gregory's galloping plot leads to a savage but satisfying conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
A romp through the lives of cousins on an estate in southern England: the good, sweet Julia Lacey and charismatic Richard. Perhaps a little predictable in places but you really care about what happens and there are some interesting twists.
Beautifully written. Atmospheric story telling of a pre-industrial revolution England. But the story is so depressing. I felt quite down for days after listening to the book and I don't think I'll listen to it again. Normally love Philippa Gregory's books and read them over and over again, but not this one.
I usually really enjoy Philippa Gregory books and the first half of this one was gripping and then it spiralled into a dark place from which it didn't emerge. She obviously has had some bad experiences with men and vented her issues in this book. I was left depressed for days and felt a little disturbed by the whole experience. I felt sorry for the narrator whose voice got deeply sad by the end
This was one of the most depressing audiobooks I have ever listened to, it may have reflected life at that time but it was not an enjoyable experience.
A little slow to start but half way through it became complusive listening.
Beautifully read and the best book I have listened to so far.
What happened! I have read the majority of Philippa Gregory's historical books and they are fantastic, absolutely fascinating books; books you cannot put down once started. However, I could only listen to part 1 of The Favoured Child. I found it unrelenting in it's darkness and extremely depressing. It may lighten up in parts 2 and 3 but I can't bring myself to carry on with it.
Yes, there are a few irritations but overall this is a haunting and memorable story, beautifully told. I finished listening last night but all day I have been thinking about the characters and "missing" them. I loved it!
"Oh dear ! Rampant bodice ripping !"
Phillippa Gregory usually interests me, but this time she really went too far. Shades of Dills & Hoone with very little history and a lot of panting.
Story was basically a good one, but would benefit from much trimming. Dialogue tended towards laughable... even allowing for attempts at 'period' flavour. No.. don't bother unless you have smelling salts handy.
"Couldn't turn my ipod off!"
I'm sleep deprived and behind on work but I HAD to listen to this book all the way to the end.
The pace is quick; the twists and turns not entirely expected. A ripping good yarn, as they say!
Now I have to wait for the next in the series. Please hurry!
"This book introduced me to Phillipa Gregory!"
One of the most memorable books from this author. Top ten
How much it relates to life today. Despite evolution, males still think they are better, and females often still let them. This was a huge eye opener for parenting as far as I'm concerned.
The surprise at the end. Who would have thought! It would not have occurred to me how the children's lives were connected.
How bad children can become when spoiled completely rotten.
I am so glad I read this book. It introduced me to my favorite author of whom I have now read almost everything she has written. The title of the book captured me. From the first pages I was drawn in which is the style of this great author.
NO!!!! I have read a few of her books with but Philipa Gregory should stick to historical novels where she is bound by historical facts as this was everything evil, incestuous, weak willed women, and murderous . . A real waste of time to plod through and have pointless ending
portrayed characters well. created mood
TOTAL disappointment and waste of time
stupid waste of time
"Never a dull moment"
No, I never read a book twice, so I will not listen to it again.
Ralph Megson - he was strong, compassionate and he stood by what he believed.
She brought the characters to life by using interesting accents.
Richard McAndrew - for all the wrong reasons - he made me want to throttle him for his cruel ways.
I loved the book, but was disappointed that I had started this trilogy in the middle - so now I am going to read the first and then the third.
"Found it hard to put down"
This was a very pleasant read. This historical fiction brought the times alive through well researched and detailed story telling. The touch of the supernatural and a bit of mystery made this book difficult to put down because you were anxious to see how the book would end. I would recommend it to listeners who want a book which is not too emotionally heavy, yet still has significant substance.
Loved the narration by Liz Hollis. Teamed up with the magical writing style of Philippa Gregory, I fell right into the lands of Wideacre. Bravo!
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