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The Favoured Child Audiobook

The Favoured Child: Wildacre, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The Wideacre estate is bankrupt. The villagers are living in poverty and Wideacre Hall is a smoke-blackened ruin. But in the Dower House two children are being raised in protected innocence. Equal claimants to the inheritance of the Wideacre, rivals for the love of the village.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Stephanie Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 15/11/2009
    Stephanie Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 15/11/2009
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    "Absorbing"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom 10/07/2010
    Heather Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom 10/07/2010 Member Since 2010
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    "Depressed? You will be"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 15/09/2010
    Christine 15/09/2010
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    "V depressing"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Celia Sittingbourne, United Kingdom 01/08/2012
    Celia Sittingbourne, United Kingdom 01/08/2012
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    "Favoured Child"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom 10/10/2010
    Elisabeth Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom 10/10/2010
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    "Brilliant"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Giselle TICKNALL, DERBYSHIRE, United Kingdom 27/09/2010
    Giselle TICKNALL, DERBYSHIRE, United Kingdom 27/09/2010
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Davies 16/03/2010 Member Since 2011
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    "Haunting"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lesley
    West Kempsey, Australia
    04/02/10
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Cherry
    02/11/09
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    29/12/13
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    "This book introduced me to Phillipa Gregory!"
    Where does The Favoured Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most memorable books from this author. Top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The surprise at the end. Who would have thought! It would not have occurred to me how the children's lives were connected.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How bad children can become when spoiled completely rotten.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marilyn
    Cape Town, South Africa
    09/12/12
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    "dissappointed"
    Would you try another book from Philippa Gregory and/or Liz Hollis?

    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


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philippa Gregory again?

    definitely NOT


    What about Liz Hollis’s performance did you like?

    portrayed characters well. created mood


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    TOTAL disappointment and waste of time


    Any additional comments?

    stupid waste of time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    Brisbane, Australia
    18/11/12
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    "Never a dull moment"
    Would you listen to The Favoured Child again? Why?

    No, I never read a book twice, so I will not listen to it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ralph Megson - he was strong, compassionate and he stood by what he believed.


    What does Liz Hollis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought the characters to life by using interesting accents.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Favoured Child and why?

    Richard McAndrew - for all the wrong reasons - he made me want to throttle him for his cruel ways.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ibi
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
    18/03/10
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    Burwood East, MelbourneAustralia
    29/10/09
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    "Top marks!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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