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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...

    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Wonder Woman Ireland 16/12/2017
    Wonder Woman Ireland 16/12/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Awful read"

    I do not know where Philippa Gregory was going with this and I'm not sure she did either. It certainly is a great lesson in people sticking to what they are good at. The plot lacked direction throughout, was extremely awkwardly written and ended in a predictable fashion. Disappointing and while there were flashes of brilliant prose throughout it lacked the quintessential element of a believable plot. It was neither fiction nor fantasy fiction. Immensely disappointed.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Krissy 09/11/2017
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    "Gripping"

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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    carol england 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.

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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
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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 .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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 !!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline London, United Kingdom 23/02/2018
    Caroline London, United Kingdom 23/02/2018 Member Since 2014
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    "Very poor"

    A real disappointment. Nothing like her other work. Story quite unbelievable and characters pretty ridiculous. A waste of time. Wanted to finish the book but wish I hadn't wasted the time now!

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  • 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.

    11 of 11 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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Lou
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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! 😝

    12 of 14 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!!!!!

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Megan
    04/10/17
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    "Probably decent if you can get past the incest."

    It was hard for me to get over the incest throughout the book. The strong female lead I wanted to love was heartless and cruel. I couldn't relate to any of the characters in the book. This is not up to the usual bar of Philippa Gregory's other works.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • nwalden
    28/09/17
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    "No Incest for me"

    The story is great, well written and I loved the storyline.... until the incest..... refunded

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Holden, ME, United States
    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.

    3 of 4 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.

    3 of 4 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

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