Wideacre : Wideacre

  • by Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by Emma Powell
  • Series: Wideacre
  • 26 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"The eighteenth-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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I dare you to drink every time she says "Wideacre"

Do you love incest AND 18th century drama? Well, look no further!
WORST Philippa Gregory book I've ever experienced. Well performed, but fascinatingly awful plot. It's the kind of cringy story that makes you want to take a scalding hot bath afterwards and lie about knowing anything about it. I felt sorry for the narrator. There should've been a conversation with her editors where they said, "Philippa, we were hoping for less stomach-churning hate sex." Morbidly curious about other 2 books in this series, but wouldn't be willing to listen to either of them even if I was paid to do so.
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- V


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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- Ruth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios