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Wideacre

Wideacre, Book 1
Lu par : Emma Powell
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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

Critiques

"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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ruth
  • 11/11/2017

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.

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  • Mel R. H.
  • 05/06/2018

Well-written; No Pearl Clutching Necessary

I didn't think I was going to like this story after getting close to the core of it. It's absolutely NOT your average period piece romance. And if you're looking for just a straight up love story - this is likely not for you.

Beatrice Lacey, the main character who tells her own story, isn't likable past a certain point in the book. She then becomes far less so as the story goes on. A lot of people have problems with a main character who isn't purely good-intentioned, as some other reviewers clearly do.
She becomes blinded by and solely focused on the singlular goal of owning her beloved childhood home, Wideacre, where she knows every tree, every rock, and every blade of grass, as well as everyone who works the land personally, having been raised like a son by her father, in that she was schooled in the running of the estate.
As a fiercely independent woman in the 18th century (where she has no rights to property and no opportunities to do much more than get married and idly embroider in some sitting room), it all leads her to bad, cold and cruel behavior over the years and then cold and cruel behavior to keep bad secrets hidden away.
But if you can accept that everyone has the potential to do bad/inappropriate things under just the right circumstances, you might like this book, as I did. I find fictional characters who only do right or only do wrong to be boring and unrealistic, in general.

Yes, there is incest. If you have trauma attached to that subject and don't want to read about a mutual incestuous relationship: fair warning; definitely not a book for you as it is featured throughout..
Everyone else - it's creepy and I probably would have toned it down just because it seems to go on for too long with a strange amount of desire on Beatrice's part being that she finds the person dull and cowardly. But, otherwise, not a dealbreaker like I thought it might be. It's not something that happens randomly or just because Beatrice happens to really be into this person; it's part of her plan to get to what she wants with no other direct, normal routes open to her as a woman.

The story is very interesting (I couldn't stop listening) and written wonderfully. It's so descriptive, you feel like you're there. The narrator was a HUGE standout too, for me. She was just brilliant and got every accent and every inflection right on! I was actually sad to learn she didn't do either of the other books in the series...

It's also layered. The plight of the changing life of the 18th century villager features prominently; the changing from the old system where wealthy land owner worked WITH farm workers, allowed them pieces of common land on the property to grow/graze their own food, provided harvest feasts for them, helped those in need, and generally acknowledged that the land was partially theirs because of the labor they put into it; the un-capitalistic principles of acknowledging labor for what it is - everything - and that workers are humans with needs, not programmable machines.

Overall, I quite liked it.

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  • Megan
  • 04/10/2017

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.

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  • Robin Johnson
  • 28/02/2018

Its a Page Turner

As others have mentioned the subject matter in this book and lengths to which Beatrice goes to keep Wideacre for herself and her family becomes abhorrent but it is so well written and narrated that I still enjoyed it...especially the surprising ending when she got what she deserved. You just never knew what she would do next and that made it a page turner for me. This book is not for the faint of heart, but if you are looking for something different and a protagonist who stops at NOTHING to get what she wants and thinks she deserves you just might like this book. Just starting book 2 tonight and will be interested to see where Philippa takes us next with Wideacret!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24/10/2017

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.

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  • The Louligan
  • 19/09/2017

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! 😝

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  • BEBE
  • 22/10/2017

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.

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  • Nola Craven
  • 21/09/2017

Love to hate

I loved this book. I find Beatrice to be an interesting character who you want to love and feel compassion for. However, on a regular basis she make decision that as a reader you find morally wrong and can not find compassion for her poor decisions. The warring thoughts and hopes that she would redeem herself keep my interest to the end. Very well developed characters.

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  • ailey
  • 31/10/2017

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!!!!!

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  • LPolin
  • 21/09/2017

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

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