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A paradise parish of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses, and a huge, haunted vicarage were not what the Revd Merrily Watkins ever had in mind. Nor had she wanted to walk into a local dispute over a play about a curious 17th century cleric accused of witchcraft, a story that certain old-established families would rather remained in obscurity. But this is Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets. And also as Merrily and her teenage daughter, Jane, discover, a village where horrific murder is a tradition spanning centuries.
©1998 Phil Rickman

Critiques

"Woven through is the wonderful web of mysticism and the supernatural which we have come to expect....The clever combination of modern idiom and the timeless echo of history leaps from every page." ( Daily Express)
"A first-rate thriller with supernatural overtones...deftly illuminates the intrigues of village life. Quirky characters, an abundance of plot twists." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ruth
  • 07/03/2012

Brilliant!

Discovered Phil Rickman thru an audible recommendation in 2009 and I never looked back. His novels are hard to categorize but are based on strong character development and for those fascinated with all things UK he interlaces mystery, crime, faith, music, single parent life, politics and history into fabulous tales. I am not religious nor brought up in the Christian faith so it took a long time before I said yes to this recommendation. mmmm, female Church of England clergy who becomes an exorcist in subsequent novels? Really? Really! Add - a bit of the supernatural as possibility.

Rebecca Lacey is the narrator of "wine of roses" - the first Merrily Watkins and Emma Powell takes over in the second book of this series. Both super narrators. All books are available in audio but not all are yet available on audible. Most are available as e-books. Read, read, read!!! (listen :).) Characters are a bit quirky to US readers but this is what makes them so appealing.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • CB
  • 25/02/2013

A contemporary, edgy, uncozy-cozy mystery!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very good story, kept me very engaged, a little mom-teenager relationship, a little magical older woman stuff, some very dark characters, mysterious and just the right amount of suspense.

Which scene was your favorite?

Interesting story from a century before woven through. The main character, who is a Church of England priest, is very contemporary and thoughtful and someone who I could relate too. I like her character.

Any additional comments?

I really liked the characters, the town, and the mystery. Good listen!

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Austyannie
  • 01/11/2013

Really tried to like it

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I enjoy Mr Rickman's books, having quite a few of the paperbacks on my shelves. However I could not extend this to this particular audio book. I found the narrator did not have sufficient variation in her voice to differentiate the characters and found myself "rewinding" or having to listen very closely in an attempt to discern which character was supposedly saying what.

Would you be willing to try another book from Phil Rickman? Why or why not?

As mentioned, I have enjoyed reading a number of the books in the past, so I would be willing to try another book, if another narrator was employed with clearer distinctions between characters.

What three words best describe Rebecca Lacey’s performance?

clear diction, but insufficient tonal variety to differentiate characters.

Was The Wine of Angels worth the listening time?

yes, worth the time.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Rose
  • 13/09/2007

Women of Spirit

This is not meant to be a cozy read. In the first scene of the book the reader is introduced to characters and themes that inform the entire book-- the sacred place, the lore of the place and the struggle between newcomers and those with deep roots in the village of Ledwardwine, a village that was once renowned as the village in the apple orchard. The remains of this once extensive orchard is a plot outside the Churchyard, hence outside of consecrated ground where suicides, excommunicates and others who died outside of the church would be buried.

Remember that Rickman attaches weight to every symbol be it gesture, word or figure.

Actually I liked the narrator so any problems with understanding Emma Powell (who is not the listed narrator) might be a problem with audio equipment. Emma Powell is a British actor and voice over artist.

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  • Amber
  • 28/03/2012

Very enjoyable!

I really did like this book! Very detailed & well written. Plan to listen to each one in the series. I am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon & she recommended this series on her website.Rebecca Lacey did a great job with the narration. I hope Audible carries all of Rickman's books!!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Janis
  • 26/03/2012

Secrets of an old English Village

What made the experience of listening to The Wine of Angels the most enjoyable?

The fluctuations and tone of her voice. I loved her accent and the Scottish drawl on the Scottish words and the prounounciation of some

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wine of Angels?

Picturing Miss Devenish's little store, Ledwardine Lore. Filled with all it's apple themed items and fairies. Imaging Miss Devenish in her poncho and hat with such strong opinions and beliefs.

Which scene was your favorite?

Chapter 19, The Nighthouse was one favorite.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Apples - They're not as sweet or innocent as they seem.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed the book and audio. First real reading I've gotten back to and for my first book club that I have ever been part of. Good experience.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Sherry
  • 20/03/2012

Rickman's Merrily series is addictive.

Where does The Wine of Angels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a five

What other book might you compare The Wine of Angels to and why?

Outlander series, the characters are interesting

What does Rebecca Lacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

the marination of accents

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I hope audible carries the entire series!

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Polly
  • 27/01/2014

A Long Way to go for a Good Ending

Throughout the listening of this book, I frequently thought, "When will something happen?"

The author, I presume, wanted to represent real life, which is full of long dull conversations and uneventful days. But I was bored. The last 30 minutes of the story really grabbed me, but was it worth the first 15 1/2 hours? I'm not convinced it was.

I liked the main characters, and I would like to know what happens to them in the rest of the series. Maybe I can find "cliff notes."

I want to add that the narrator read this book in what was almost a monotone. Yikes.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Catherine
  • 19/09/2009

A good listen

I liked this. The story was woven together in such a way that my interest never wandered. If you like the British shows like Midsommer Murders, Inspector Morse or any of the Agatha Cristi offerings, then give this one a try. I also liked how the author doesn't play up the supernatural portions, but does intice us with their possibilities.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Leigh A McCullough
  • 13/04/2007

Wine

I hope you carry all of Mr Rickman's books

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