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Tidelands

Narrated by: Louise Brealey
Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Summary

The brand-new series from the Sunday Times number one best selling author.

England, 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different....

Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands - the marshy landscape of the south coast. 

Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.

Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

The unmissable listen for summer 2019.

©2019 Philippa Gregory (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic reviews

"Popular historical fiction at its finest, immaculately researched and superbly told." (The Times)

"Philippa Gregory is truly the mistress of the historical novel. It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging." (Sunday Express)

"Gregory has popularised Tudor history perhaps more than any other living fiction writer...All of her books feature strong, complex women, doing their best to improve their lives in worlds dominated by men." (Sunday Times)

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Dreadful Narration

I gave up after 10 minutes when the voice of a nobleman and that of a fisherman's wife were identical. Surely such a well known author could have secured a better narrator. Can't review the story as couldn't cope with narration .

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  • Jayne
  • craft room
  • 13-09-19

Thrilling, heart pounding

WOW, loved and hated this story for all the right reason, was so thrilling and heart pounding, couldn't stop listening, I was so captivated by this woman's tale and fear struck as there is history on every page, the darkest and most terrifying of history for the women of the period. And Father James, the history and drama of the changing times told through the eyes of a man who is loved and pitied till the last page, then hell have no fury.

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A bit too much of a bodice-ripper for my taste

Tidelands does a wonderful job of evoking the crushing poverty of small rural communities in the 17th century. As ever, Philppa Gregory's historical authenticity is first-rate, and her depiction of the effects of the English civil war on ordinary folk is entirely convincing. Louise Brealey's narration is clear, but sometimes it is difficult to tell the characters apart.

What lets this book down for me is the overblown and melodramatic description of people's emotional lives. There's altogether too many heaving eyes and flashing bosoms, and people longing breathlessly for forbidden pleasures, and alll that kind of thing.

Still, it's not a bad book, if you can keep the sick bucket handy.

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Very enjoyable listen

I really enjoy Philippa Gregory books, Good characters and plot, it kept me interested to the very end of it

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Polly

I loved this! What a good read the story was excellent I enjoyed the narration!

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Enchanting!

I really enjoyed this story, the sense of atmosphere that came from the telling together with the rapport with the characters was a real treat. As with all Philippa Gregory novels I was drawn in further by her descriptions of surroundings and events so vivid that I could almost smell the wet mud flats and smoking fish. I enjoyed the narration, it was quiet and calm and I felt it suited the main character well. I don’t think you always need to ‘do voices’ for different characters as this can detract from the story as much as add to it.
I’ll be waiting for the next in this series with anticipation!

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  • Amanda
  • crewe, United Kingdom
  • 28-08-19

Gripping Tale ...

Wow! What a tale it is ...
I guess I must be a reluctant romantic at heart because I really did want for a fairytale ending (not something I wish for in my usual soured, cynical life, but this made me wish it!).
The research into the subject by the author was obvious - it was the foundation of the whole book - and it paid off in huge measure as the story is bloody-well brilliant and engaged me from start to finish.
I won't say anything else, other than 'buy it and enjoy it' as you won't regret it!
First time I have bought one of the authors books ...

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Spell binding!

Beautifully narrated, captivating story & i felt i was there with Alinor. Such attention to detail. Could hardly stop listening.

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Fantastic

I loved this, I was hooked from start to finish. I didn’t want it to end.