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A Dubious Legacy

Narrated by: Anna Massey
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction

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Henry Tillotson, a generous, genial man, rescues Margaret from a disastrous marriage in Egypt and brings her home to the West Country as his new wife. On the threshold she gives him a black eye and retires straight to bed where she remains, apart from the occasional malevolent outburst, for the rest of her life.

Over the years, two young couples become regular if uneasy houseguests, listening, speculating, keeping a watchful eye on Margaret’s door until finally, piecing together the gossip, the rumours and the mystery, they find themselves tangled in the web of Henry’s life.

©1992 Mary Wesley (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Christine
  • 22-08-2014

Absultely dreadful hung in there for ten chapters

Would you try another book written by Mary Wesley or narrated by Anna Massey?

This is the first time I've written a bad review but this was dreadful. Anna Massey reads all her books like an old black and white movie, sometimes it works but after a while it just grates. This story was fragmented and unbelievable and sooooo boring.

What was most disappointing about Mary Wesley’s story?

There wasn't no real story to speak of and it was very boring

How did the narrator detract from the book?

By trying to read it like an old movie, clipped tones and monotone expressionless voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

I have an eclectic taste in books and will try anything but just couldn't stick with this one. I have read a couple of her other books and quite enjoyed them.

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  • E. L. Trott
  • 29-08-2020

a relaxing listen

I love Mary Wesley especially when read by Anna Massey. It's an escape back into the not too distant past. A very easy listen with interesting characters.

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  • Michelle
  • 11-07-2013

Every character has a story

This is just what you would hope for, and expect from Mary Wesley. Every character is fleshed out and explained fully. The story is set post World War II and centres around the lovelife of Henry Tillotson and Cotteshaw, the house and farm he owns. I was pleased that Calypso is also part of the story, having loved her from the Camomile Lawn.

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  • GeraniumCat
  • 16-10-2020

Not for the sentimental

Mary Wesley has no time for those of delicatel sensibilities, she's acerbic and mordantly funny, and her characters are frequently horrid to each other. Her books are sort of Aga sagas for cynics. Most enjoyable. Anna Massey is a good reader too - very expressive and the voices of different characters can be easily distinguish.