Get Your Free Audiobook

The Inheritance

Narrated by: Charity Spencer
Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

Non-member price: $27.79

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Katie Price is baffled when a man claiming to be her grandfather leaves her his entire estate in the Scottish Highlands. The bulk of the estate consists of a thriving whisky distillery and a moldering castle, where the eccentric old man actually lived until his death. The will stipulates that Katie must travel to Scotland and claim her inheritance in person.  

As Katie’s stay extends from weeks into months, she uncovers the secret that led to her mother’s birth, and begins to unravel a 250-year-old mystery surrounding the beautiful young wife of the last laird of Clan McBride. According to local lore, Isobel McBride vanished from the castle without a trace shortly after the Battle of Culloden, and some believe that her ghost still walks the battlements at night. A strange dream in Isobel’s tower room leads Katie to Isobel’s hiding place, where she discovers love letters from a man other than Isobel’s husband, his initials being the only clue to his identity. 

As Katie begins to unearth the clues to Isobel’s fate, she embarks on a romantic journey of her own and finds a new life she never expected. 

Author's note: Due to several complaints, the book has been extensively re-edited as of July 20, 2013.

©2011 Irina Shapiro (P)2018 Irina Shapiro

What listeners say about The Inheritance

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lexie
  • Lexie
  • 26-10-2018

Disappointed

Can't finish this book and returning it. The narrator is not good at all. The accents are not there, hard to listen. I was so disappointed, reading the information and some of the reviews I thought OK sounds good, but after listening the story doesn't develop well at the start. Not sure how it ends because I just can't listen to it.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-04-2018

BowRing!

Narration was amateurish,the story kept going back and forth from past to future making things confusing at times.The main characters who I thought were the ones from the future,were merely a side bonus story,which wasn’t much of a story at all and really neither was the older story.All half baked if you ask me.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for sherry Christenson
  • sherry Christenson
  • 23-07-2020

The quest for her ancestry

Great story running two timelines. Love the details, felt like I was right there with them.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Grerob
  • Grerob
  • 03-07-2020

Secrets

Unknown family and a mystery!!! Loved the time slips and moved from one story to other smoothly!!! Charcters are likeable and enjoyed everything about it!!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for BarB
  • BarB
  • 28-04-2020

If not for the narrator...

I read all of the reviews for this book before downloading it- fortunately, I got it on Audible Escape, so I didn’t have to pay for it. It was not a bad book, but the reviews about the narrator were spot on. She was AWFUL! With all the actors available that have authentic Scottish accents, why on earth did they give Charity Spencer this book to read? She might’ve been ok had they just had her read the American characters part. But she put on a fake Scottish accent, and maybe I’ve watched too many seasons of Outlander, but I just couldn’t with this narrator. If you can get past that, it’s not a bad book; very simple in comparison to other Shapiro texts, but not bad. The story dives into the history of a great family rivalry in the past and how that history drives the current day story. For those of you unfamiliar with Shapiro’s method, she always weaves history with modern day events. If you are a fan of historical fiction (much like Gibaldon’s Outlander) then you might enjoy Shapiro’s works. This is one of her shorter works at just over 5 hours, and the story of the Isobel Grant McBride and Rory McBride makes this worth a listen. In short, if you have Audible Escape and can get this for free, then it’s worth it- if not, pass on it! Check out the Echoes of the Past series, as those are well worth the credit.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Thrones for ever
  • Thrones for ever
  • 07-03-2020

Renewed love of romance

love the book I am not a big fan of romance novels but Ms Shapiro has changed that and combined my love of historical eras and romance and she has the right narrator I am now a new fan of her work and I encourage you to take a chance and listen and you will fall in love with her work

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for E. Wesson
  • E. Wesson
  • 07-02-2020

Worth the listen! A sweet love story to pass the time!

I’m so glad I didn’t listen to those negative reviews and took the leap to check this out. This was a lovely, quick listen with two intertwined love stories that are sweet and entertaining. I was really cheering for Isabelle and Rory and loved the connection that the past had to the present. The Narrator did a nice job as well!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-2020

Loved it!

This was such an enjoyable, engaging short story! I loved relaxing to the tale of Rory and Isabelle and feeling like an Americam tourist in Scotland. ;)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Michelle
  • Michelle
  • 31-12-2019

Scottish History

I loved the idea of following 3 stories! I was hesitant because there were several bad reviews, but I fell in love with this story. You’re following the story of someone who was told her grandfather willed a Scottish castle. She and her family weren’t aware of who the grandfather was so she went to Scotland to learn what everything was about so we follow her story about looking for family clues in Scotland. The castle was rumored to be haunted so we get to follow the story of what happened to the occupants so many years ago. As history is uncovered we also get to learn the history of who the mysterious grandfather is. I loved how everything unraveled and the journey it took to get everyone there.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Marla
  • Marla
  • 24-12-2019

Ever inherited money from someone you did not know

Inherit money and a castle and possibly find love too. What a great book Irina Shapiro wrote. Loved the characters and the story lone. Charity Spencer gave a great performance in this book. I am hoping for a book 2. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Placid
  • Placid
  • 04-01-2020

Superb

The thrill of this story is outstanding and makes you want to keep on and have more of this type of book. The narrator is great. This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ginger
  • Ginger
  • 11-12-2019

In Irina’s signature style

enjoy Irina’s stories , they are never boring. Most have a past and present scenario so you get both pov’s all have characters that you can relate to. The author took us to Scotland for this particular book an unexpected inheritance, a past visit to the Scottish uprising and prince Charlie and a wonderful HEA. This audible book was a gift from the author for a fair and honest review.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jan M
  • Jan M
  • 21-07-2019

Wow!!! Incredible Listen

The Inheritance by Irina Shapiro is a captivating listen. I was immediately pulled into this story. I love how the author meshes 2 stories in one with a mystery at the heart of the book. The imagery is so well done, the characters are intriguing, and the narration was perfect. Charity Spencer brought the characters to life with her voice. I could easily hear who was speaking. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntary written this review. I will most definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. Awesome ending to this standalone listen.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nisareen Khan
  • Nisareen Khan
  • 21-07-2019

Engaging dual time novel

Katie Price is bewildered when she receives a call from Scotland, notifying her of the death of the grandfather she never knew she had, who has left her his estate in the Scottish Highlands. The will stipulates that she must travel to Scotland to claim her inheritance in person. Intrigued, she takes a vacation from her teaching post in the States, in search of answers. Weeks soon turn into months, however, as she not only unearths buried family secrets but also manages to unravel a 250 year old mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Laird’s wife, Isobel, following the Battle of Culloden. The Inheritance is a stand alone dual time novel which alternates between 2010 and 1744, ultimately ending in the doomed Battle of Culloden. Having read the author’s exceptional Echoes of the Past series and being a huge fan of all things Scotland, I was intrigued by the synopsis and decided to give it a go. Once again the author has managed to seamlessly blend the past and present and grab the readers attention from the offset. The primary timeline sees our heroine travel from the States to Scotland and fall in love with the people and its landscape, which is probably what her mysterious grandfather wanted for her all along. The second timeline starts with a marriage of convenience to settle a dispute between two warring clans and the events leading up to the Jacobite rebellion that ended in the ill fated Battle of Culloden. Despite some of the negative reviews by other readers, this is in fact one of Irina’s earlier works and shouldn’t discourage readers from exploring her later books, particularly the aforementioned Echoes of the Past. Personally I thought it was perfect for willing away a couple of hours, in fact I finished it in a day. I recommend this to fans of historical fiction, dual time novels and lovers of all things Scotland. I received an advanced free audible copy of The Inheritance and I am voluntarily reviewing it. This is the first time I have listened to Charity Spenser’s narration and I was impressed by how clear and concise her delivery was. She did struggle a little with the Scottish accent but I really liked her tone and pace.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Toni walker
  • Toni walker
  • 14-07-2019

Loved it

Loved this audiobook the story was sweet and romantic it was written very well and loved the narrated

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Helen
  • Helen
  • 13-07-2019

great book

Katie Price is baffled when a man claiming to be her grandfather leaves her his entire estate in the Scottish Highlands. The bulk of the estate consists of a thriving whisky distillery and a moldering castle, where the eccentric old man actually lived until his death. The will stipulates that Katie must travel to Scotland and claim her inheritance in person. well written and great narrator enjoyed this book very much I listened when in the garden very enjoyable story

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mrs. C. Hawkins
  • Mrs. C. Hawkins
  • 31-03-2018

Another Good Read!

What did you like most about The Inheritance?

I knew I would like this book, as I have read a few of this author's novels. However I had not read this one. I like to listen on audible to relax and found this a quite relaxing story. It kept me interested and wanting to know what was coming next. We often anticipate the ending to a story but for me it is not about the end, it is about how we get there!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked " The Inheritance " partly because it was set in Scotland a place I love. I did wonder how this inheritance would turn out, but very well in the end. The story was well thought out, with well drawn likeable characters. Sorry to say goodbye to them!

Have you listened to any of Charity Spencer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first performance of Charity Spencer I have listened too. it took a chapter or 2 to get with her reading, but she did it very well I thought.