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Meridon

Wideacre, Book 3
Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
Series: Wideacre, Book 3
Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

The third volume in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. Set in the 18th century, they launched the career of Philippa Gregory, the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and Three Sisters, Three Queens.

Meridon, a desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show while her sister, Dandy, risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want.

But Dandy, beautiful, impatient, thieving Dandy, grabs too much too quickly. And Meridon finds herself alone, riding in bitter grief through the rich Sussex farmlands towards a house called Wideacre - which awaits the return of the last of the Laceys.

©2006 Philippa Gregory (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • 21-05-18

A good end to a twisted saga

I was unsure whether to listen to Meridon as I had read very mixed reviews about it. but I am very pleased I did. Yes the narration is different to that in The Favoured Child but I found these characters a lot more realistic. In the Favoured Child a number of the characters had hopes and didn't speak up to injustices while in Meridon I found Sarah and Will to be much more believable and they fight for what is theirs right to the end. A book which is very much worth a listen and very enjoyable!

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Captivating

I enjoyed the 3 wildacre books one after the other and could not wait for the next instalment of the Lacey family! Very very enjoyable,an excellent listen! Very pleased audible suggested it as a book, or series of books I would like!

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Not Gregory’s finest hour

A very disappointing, weak storyline peppered with too much repetition to the point of embarrassment. The narrator was difficult to understand, with inflection on almost every alternate syllable coupled with a cotton wool voice swallowing her words. A real shame as Philippa Gregory usually has a much higher standard.

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Disappointed!

I’d like to clarify my headline.
I was disappointed in the main female character in all the books, I only kept buying them till the end as I thought by the last one that, through the knowledge of her ancestors Julia( Meridon ) + her sixth sense, would fight her corner before the last chapter of the book. I know times were hard for women in those days but it was made easier for her by the will so I feel that this book in many ways didn’t do her justice. I’m in no way saying don’t read it as it was worth the read. I just feel it could have been hugely better.

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meridon

Really enjoyed the story and all the various characters. A satisfying ending to this trilogy.

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Excellent

Loved it. It was an excellent coclusion to this trilogy. I would definitely recommend it 😊

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Great listen

This was my favourite in the Wideacre trilogy of books. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and after listening to the three books back to back, I am so sorry that it has come to an end.

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Absolutely brilliant

A couple of bad reviews nearly stopped me buying this audio but family sagas and long audio books are the best so this book appealed to me when it came up as the daily offer, sold!

I was half way through and absolutely fixated, totally addicted actually, that I immediately bought the other two as soon as my credits came through. Philippa Gregory, what can I say, research is brilliant, the writing is impressive and the story, so far, enthralling.

Listen to this audio, beautifully narrated, brilliant storyline and believable characters.

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Good, but the weakest of the trilogy

I've read each book in this wonderful trilogy several times and loved their dark and often disturbing tone, so I purchased the audio versions too. Oddly though despite knowing the book already, I really struggled this time with Meridon, finding it draggy and the main character whiny and dull. The narrator was apot on I thought, as she had the accents down perfectly. I love the first two books... it's just a shame this one didn't quite match their prowess.

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fantastic

oh no, I'm bereft no that I have finished the trilogy. She saved the best for last.

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  • mary j aboughadareh
  • 28-01-18

Better than book 1 & 2

I honestly didn’t like book 1 & 2 but by this time I felt I had to finish the series. Book 3 is much better and I can say I did like it. I’m glad to say it had a good ending. Still, if I had it to do again I’d skip the whole series.

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  • CT Bravo
  • 25-11-19

Wrap up...

I enjoyed Meridon: Wideacre and have to say, even though it is well written and narrated, it lacked the unpredictability of Book 1 & 2. I would have liked less time spent on the earlier days, more time on what happened to the Wideacre clan after Sarah was given away to the Gypsies.

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  • Karen Ford
  • 11-11-19

Incredibly frustrating characters!

The Wideacre trilogy was incredibly frustrating and sometimes tedious. Yet, I listened to it every moment I could just to see what happened in the end. It wrapped up a little too tidy, but I don’t begrudge the many hours spent listening to all three books.

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  • Holly
  • 30-09-19

Another great book!

philippa never disappoints! Excellent as always... and a great way to end this trilogy! Great narration as well! Kudos!

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  • aleacat
  • 17-06-19

Always been my favorite

I have read this book 3 times and this last was the best! I loved hearing the story. The narrator was lively. Perfect 👌

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-19

24 minutes in...

I already know exactly how this story will end. I really like the narrators accent though.

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  • Michelle Herrman
  • 01-06-18

great book and a great series so glad I got it

this has been a great book and series to listen to I'm so glad I bought it can't wait for more to come

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  • Christina Camarena-Andrew
  • 22-05-18

awesome series

awesome series, #3 my favorite, such a great story and aeesome characters, highly recommend for all

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  • Janet
  • 29-01-18

Wideacre Trilogy

I really enjoyed the entire trilogy. The characters were well developed and I was drawn into the plot immediately. I will however say that there was entirely too much redundancy in the story. I found myself impatient listening to it, which was at times annoying. All in all though it was a wonderful and memorable escape to listen to. the narrator was very good!

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  • BEBE
  • 07-11-17

Didn't love it!

I read all three books and all of the author's historical fiction novels. These were a disappointment! I didn't like the incest plot or how the book ended. I couldn't image these women being so stubborn or stupid in The Favoured Child or Meridon. The last two were too predictable. I normally can't wait to have a moment to listen to my book, but not with these three.