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Wideacre Audiobook

Wideacre: Wideacre, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Featuring a foreword recorded exclusively for Audible by Philippa Gregory and an interview with the author.

Philippa Gregory's first story in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the 18th century. From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover.

Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the 18th century, she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others.

Sexual and willful, she believes that the only way to achieve control over Wideacre is through a series of horrible crimes, and no-one escapes the consequences of her need to possess the land.

©2006 Philippa Gregory (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The 18th-century woman is a neglected creature but, in the figure of her heroine, Philippa Gregory has defined a certain kind of wildness.... This is a novel written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows." (Peter Ackroyd, The Times)

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  • Blenda
    Crestwood, KY, United States
    23/09/17
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    "Stick to history, Philippa."

    There is nothing redeeming about this book. It is the depraved story of a woman with no sole. Actually, Phillipa Gregory has been my favorite author for years. I love her historical fiction. I will not finish this trilogy and will request my credit be returned. I can't believe I waisted so many hours on this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel's Word
    22/09/17
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    "wow"

    I was captured by this story.

    The main character's choices push the limits of obscene behavior, but somehow Gregory is able to finesse the story telling such that there exists an acceptable balance, intelligence, and grace on the whole. I feel better for having listened and look forward to more.

    In addition, the reading of the book is performed in a captivating manner. Well done!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nola Craven
    21/09/17
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    "Love to hate"

    I loved this book. I find Beatrice to be an interesting character who you want to love and feel compassion for. However, on a regular basis she make decision that as a reader you find morally wrong and can not find compassion for her poor decisions. The warring thoughts and hopes that she would redeem herself keep my interest to the end. Very well developed characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    21/09/17
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    "Beatrice is no heroine!"

    Could not find one redeeming trait in the main character and disliking her was not enough to make the story compelling. The descriptions of the countryside were very well written but at times made the book tedious in their repetitiveness. The family dynamics were unsettling as was Beatrice throughout. The behavior of the like able characters puzzling. Why did her husband stay? Was Celia that naive? I finished listening but only because I increased the speed of the narration(which was very well done). Disappointing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Lou
    Cave Creek, AZ USA
    19/09/17
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    "26 HOURS OF INCEST IS 25.75 HOURS TOO MUCH!"

    I have always enjoyed Philippa Gregory's books of historically based fiction. A great way to learn about the Tudors, Plantagenets, Stuarts, etc. But this book is just too TOO!!! Too much murder, too much obsession, too much BDSM, too much psychopathy and way too much incest. The latter is overdone, uncomfortable, and adds nothing to the overall plot. It can't be called MAKING LOVE, if both parties are of legal age and KNOW their sexual behavior is unacceptable. Especially between an adult brother and sister, with no prior psychological or socio-economic reasons for their actions. The main character is only 18! Even if she was born a bad seed, with a severe personality disorder, it makes no sense that her sexual sociopathy would appear in her late teens, particularly in an era that many of the young women of her age, class and breeding are married with children. Her older brother, more worldly AND married, becoming suddenly sexually attracted to his sister defies common sense. The bondage/sadism aspect also has no historic background within the family makeup. Lord knows, Gregory had HOURS to give the reader a backstory first.

    The other problem with this book is that the entire story line takes place in a two year period. TWENTY-SIX HOURS of "Fifty Shades of Grey" meets "Flowers In The Attic" is ridiculous! This same story - if it really needed to be told - could have been done in less than 10 hours. That's with every act of incest and other crimes included. There is so much mind-numbing minutiae in this book that screams "ABRIDGE ME NOW!" The narrator brings nothing to this already flawed work. The length of the book overwhelms her pleasant but uninspiring voice.

    If this is the first of a series, I cannot see its successors being any better. In fact, the preview at the end suggests more of the same among the unsuspecting next generation of Wildacre cousins who are actually sister and brother and the result of incest. Enough, already! Most of us are appalled enough with Cersei and Jaime Lannister in "Game of Thrones". But this work is not even close to "GOT"! I sure hope it never becomes a mini-series! 😝

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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