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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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    Amazon Customer 14/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "More like "50 shades of grey"....."

    I have never written a review, despite going through at least 2-3 books a months. But being such a huge fun Philippa Gregory, this book was SUCH a disappointment! A peculiar story, devious main character and disturbing details.... Not the Philippa Gregory I love...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Krissy 09/11/2017
    Krissy 09/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Gripping"

    What a gripping tale. It has everything and is told so well by Emma Powell.

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    Ellie S. 23/10/2017
    Ellie S. 23/10/2017
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    "Not your usual Philippa Gregory"

    It’s a bit Mills & Boon with a fair bit of sex. Not at all what I expected but it did cover the serious issue of enclosure. I will listen to part 2 when I have a whole holiday to not feel guilty about it’s lack of real literary worthiness.

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    Mrs M M J Evans 19/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "What an epic read! "

    Loved it and looking forward to the next episode! Both narrator and story were fab!

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    Amazon Customer 05/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "best book ever"

    couldn't stop listening day and night . brilliant . narrator made the book come alive in my mind . can't wait to download book 2 .

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    Tink 04/10/2017
    Tink 04/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating"

    Could not put it down, what a captivatingly fantastic first book. Wonderfully read also.
    A must read !!

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    R. J. Gladden Liverpool, UK 04/10/2017
    R. J. Gladden Liverpool, UK 04/10/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Spectacularly Evil"

    I had read this book years ago when it first came out and Philippa Gregory wasn't anywhere near as famous as she is now. I loved it then and I love it now. Our heroine, Beatrice Lacey, allows nothing to stand in her way in pursuit of power and the estate she loves, Wideacre. Sadly Beatrice corrupts not only herself and those around her but also the thing she loves most, Wideacre.

    I sometimes despaired of justice being served and there will be no spoilers from me but the book is gripping and definitely one of Philippa's best. I loved the narration, however in some of the characters voices Emma Powell almost mispronounced 'Beatrice' as 'Bitches'. It was really disconcerting on occasion!

    Altogether a book well worth listening to for the story and the narration.

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    carol 30/09/2017
    carol 30/09/2017
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    "uneasy and troubled main character"

    Initially I enjoyed the story and characters, however ,by the time I had listened to chapter 8, the story made me feel uncomfortable, the characture of Beatrice, was wholly abhorrent to me, she was a troubled and thoroughly wicked person, the type of person, I would avoid like the plague, therefore I decided that even though it is only fictional, I cannot listen anymore.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    21/11/17
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    "I dare you to drink every time she says "Wideacre""

    Do you love incest AND 18th century drama? Well, look no further!
    WORST Philippa Gregory book I've ever experienced. Well performed, but fascinatingly awful plot. It's the kind of cringy story that makes you want to take a scalding hot bath afterwards and lie about knowing anything about it. I felt sorry for the narrator. There should've been a conversation with her editors where they said, "Philippa, we were hoping for less stomach-churning hate sex." Morbidly curious about other 2 books in this series, but wouldn't be willing to listen to either of them even if I was paid to do so.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    11/11/17
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    "Refreshing"

    I enjoy fiction from this time period and found the story refreshing in a genre oversaturated with the same boring plots. Honestly I don't understand all the negative reviews. Incest? A character with bad intentions? Come on people, this is storytelling, not a handbook on morality!

    Normally main female characters in historical fiction fit one of two personalities - 1) the modest mouse with hidden fire or 2) the fierce heroine with a soft side - and Beatrice fits neither. While I hold no sympathy for her, I also found myself intrigued and curious by her obsession with the land.

    I think you have to approach this book with a different kind of perspective. Don't expect so much innocent goodness and just let yourself listen openly. The book brings up a lot of the darkness in humanity which we are afraid of, and I appreciated the author's ability to unveil this while simultaneously painting such a beautiful portrait of the countryside. I found her writing lovely.

    Overall I saw a lot of contrasts in this book and would definitely recommend it for someone who wants something different from the same old storyline.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
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    03/11/17
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    "What a let down!"

    I am so disappointed in this book. I love Philippa Gregory so I was looking forward to reading this. I hate not finishing a book, but I just couldn't do it. The main character is so unlikeable! I got about half way through and I was starting to feel good about how it was going. I thought she was going to redeem herself and end up a better person. When it became clear that was not going to happen, I had to end my irritation.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    01/11/17
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    "Wiseacre"

    I hated this book with a passion. I normally love this author, and I'm shocked that she wrote Wideacre. When the heroine had a sexual affair with her brother, I had to stop listening. I found it disgusting. Would not recommend to anyone with any moral fiber.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ailey
    31/10/17
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    "Was a huge fan!"

    I have read many books by this author. Needless to say, I found this seriously lacking. In fact, more than disappointed. Frankly, almost disgusting. I am no prude, but this was WAY too much. I waited, hoping, to be proven true. I was wrong. I doubt I will listen nor read another book by this author.
    What a waste of time and money!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sue
    25/10/17
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    "this was written by philippa gregory?"

    wow, not what i expected. incest, psychopathic killers, violent sex..... that i didn't think was particularly very well done. didn't finish the book and returned it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    24/10/17
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    "Not enough story"

    The descriptions go on for ever and the story is forgotten with all the detail regarding meadows, flowers, animals and the sexual tension. I have read many books by this author and am disappointed by this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BEBE
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    22/10/17
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    "Initially it was a struggle but then it I liked it"

    I have read all the historical fiction books by this author. Loved them! This story-line was difficult for me to read. Beatrice was so evil it was difficult to continue reading this book. It then became important for me to finish just to know that good would win out in the end. It then became something I looked forward to reading. Now I am interested in following the characters in the story.

    The performance was perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    18/10/17
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    "pornography"

    I am so disappointed in This author. i bought the book because I loved the tudor series. Now she has cheapened herself by writing a sick, twisted book. why does such a talented writer and res earcher stoop to writing a pornographic book. I am ashamed of her and will definately noy readthe next 2 in the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reademandweep
    LaLaLand
    14/10/17
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    "Ok if you can endure the whispering reader"

    Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite historical fiction writers but this is not up to her usual par. Apparently it’s one of her first novels and it shows. It’s still good but a bit repetitive. The story is outlined fairly early there’s a lot of repetition, the heroine describing her feelings of longing over (and over) again. Still, it’s worth the deal of the day price.

    However, Emma Powell, for some reason chooses to read this book in a whispery voice which becomes more annoying as the book progresses. I finally couldn’t take it and had to switch to another book for a while. I think it’s a case of the story being just “ok” so the reader can either make or break it. In this case, Powell’s whispery, whine doesn’t add much.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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