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The third volume in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. Set in the 18th century, they launched the career of Philippa Gregory, the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and Three Sisters, Three Queens.

Meridon, a desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show while her sister, Dandy, risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want.

But Dandy, beautiful, impatient, thieving Dandy, grabs too much too quickly. And Meridon finds herself alone, riding in bitter grief through the rich Sussex farmlands towards a house called Wideacre - which awaits the return of the last of the Laceys.

©2006 Philippa Gregory (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • mary j aboughadareh
  • 28-01-2018

Better than book 1 & 2

I honestly didn’t like book 1 & 2 but by this time I felt I had to finish the series. Book 3 is much better and I can say I did like it. I’m glad to say it had a good ending. Still, if I had it to do again I’d skip the whole series.

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  • Linda A. Linsenbigler
  • 01-06-2021

exceptional story

brings the trilogy to a wonderful ending. Very colorful characters, vivid settings. A truly great read

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  • Nanc
  • 01-04-2021

Fairytale

This was great listening and my favorite Age. I always find the rules of Society intriguing. I also find it galling what women’s rights back then. Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite authors.

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  • Pat Murray
  • 18-03-2021

Terrific Trilogy

If you’re looking for a good long listen, this trilogy will definitely hold your attention. The struggles and divides of rich vs poor, land ownership, chronic poverty and several incredibly wicked people all combine for quite an adventure; all set against the backdrop of beautiful Sussex countryside.

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  • James Whitaker
  • 08-02-2021

Amazing trilogy! Sweeping & epic!

This trilogy is a must read! I love Philippa Gregory books for her perfect balance between description of places that make you feel as if you are there and the epically unfolding lives of her very human characters. Her unafraid nature to write on some what taboo subjects, showing the true messiness of real life in all its raw honesty is a breathe of fresh air! Intertwining both the beauty and suffering of truly living reveals timeless universal truths that live in all people! She is one of my favorite authors, if not my favorite! Thank you Philippa Gregory for sharing your healing and thought provoking power of story with us all!

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  • Emily Soukup
  • 13-10-2020

Slow going at the beginning

Overabundance of insignificant details. I almost wished it’d started right where the last book stopped, not 15 years later. The happenings she looks back on that were significant to the story should’ve been told in real time. However, the outcome was very good and I did enjoy it overall.

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  • Miriam
  • 14-06-2020

terrible performance

The narrator sounded like an eight year old and did't even bother to lower her voice for a man speaking I have listened to over six hundred books and have never heard anything this bad. Most of the British narrators have lovely voices. This one was like finger nails on a blackboard.

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  • Rita Cartwright
  • 17-02-2020

Loved !!!

The Wideacre trilogy of 3 books were absolutely wonderful !!! Hated when I had finished but could not stop listening!!!!

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  • CT Bravo
  • 25-11-2019

Wrap up...

I enjoyed Meridon: Wideacre and have to say, even though it is well written and narrated, it lacked the unpredictability of Book 1 & 2. I would have liked less time spent on the earlier days, more time on what happened to the Wideacre clan after Sarah was given away to the Gypsies.

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  • Karen Ford
  • 11-11-2019

Incredibly frustrating characters!

The Wideacre trilogy was incredibly frustrating and sometimes tedious. Yet, I listened to it every moment I could just to see what happened in the end. It wrapped up a little too tidy, but I don’t begrudge the many hours spent listening to all three books.

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  • VP
  • 21-05-2018

A good end to a twisted saga

I was unsure whether to listen to Meridon as I had read very mixed reviews about it. but I am very pleased I did. Yes the narration is different to that in The Favoured Child but I found these characters a lot more realistic. In the Favoured Child a number of the characters had hopes and didn't speak up to injustices while in Meridon I found Sarah and Will to be much more believable and they fight for what is theirs right to the end. A book which is very much worth a listen and very enjoyable!

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  • Mrs. Wendy Hawkins
  • 29-09-2017

Captivating

I enjoyed the 3 wildacre books one after the other and could not wait for the next instalment of the Lacey family! Very very enjoyable,an excellent listen! Very pleased audible suggested it as a book, or series of books I would like!

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  • Mommiecat
  • 07-05-2019

Not Gregory’s finest hour

A very disappointing, weak storyline peppered with too much repetition to the point of embarrassment. The narrator was difficult to understand, with inflection on almost every alternate syllable coupled with a cotton wool voice swallowing her words. A real shame as Philippa Gregory usually has a much higher standard.

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  • mandy
  • 05-12-2018

Disappointed!

I’d like to clarify my headline.
I was disappointed in the main female character in all the books, I only kept buying them till the end as I thought by the last one that, through the knowledge of her ancestors Julia( Meridon ) + her sixth sense, would fight her corner before the last chapter of the book. I know times were hard for women in those days but it was made easier for her by the will so I feel that this book in many ways didn’t do her justice. I’m in no way saying don’t read it as it was worth the read. I just feel it could have been hugely better.

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  • Margaret
  • 27-08-2018

meridon

Really enjoyed the story and all the various characters. A satisfying ending to this trilogy.

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  • Krissy
  • 19-06-2018

Excellent

Loved it. It was an excellent coclusion to this trilogy. I would definitely recommend it 😊

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  • Andrea O.
  • 18-06-2018

Great listen

This was my favourite in the Wideacre trilogy of books. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and after listening to the three books back to back, I am so sorry that it has come to an end.

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  • Kims place
  • 14-02-2018

Absolutely brilliant

A couple of bad reviews nearly stopped me buying this audio but family sagas and long audio books are the best so this book appealed to me when it came up as the daily offer, sold!

I was half way through and absolutely fixated, totally addicted actually, that I immediately bought the other two as soon as my credits came through. Philippa Gregory, what can I say, research is brilliant, the writing is impressive and the story, so far, enthralling.

Listen to this audio, beautifully narrated, brilliant storyline and believable characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-2021

Did Phillips Gregory write this?

This was a very small story filled with so much padding and repetition. I feel it was a waste of money. Could not recommend and will not but any more of this authors books although I've been a fan for years.

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  • Rachel Greaves
  • 21-04-2021

Favourite of the 3

I understand the toe cringing bits of the 1st book, now I have read the 3rd

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