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Tidelands

The Fairmile Series, Book 1
Written by: Philippa Gregory
Narrated by: Louise Brealey
Series: The Fairmile Series, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
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Number one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory begins a sweeping new series with the story of a poor, uneducated midwife named Alinor who is tempted by a forbidden love affair - but all too aware of the dangers awaiting a woman who dares to step out of the place society carved for her.

©2019 Philippa Gregory (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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WORST Philippa Gregory Novel I’ve Read..And I’ve read them ALL

This is the most BORING and DULL book I’ve ever read from Philippa Gregory. The narrator was terrible (The narrator falls flat compared to Bianca Amato, who narrates most of Gregory’s books.

Until literally the LAST 20 minutes NOTHING happens! It just drones on and on. The characters are boring and one dimensional, storytelling like the Tidelands themselves is dready and just plain bad.

I’m a big fan of PG’s other books, I love The White Queen, Lady Of The Rivers, The Red Queen, The Kings Curse...all of these books and more were SO good!!! What the heck happened to Philippa Gregory??! I can barely believe this book came from the same author. What a letdown! I’ve anticipated this book for MONTHS, and was really left disappointed.

Philippa Gregory should have stuck to what she does best. Not since Wideacre have I disliked a book of hers so much. What a shame, I wanted so badly to love it but it droned on forever to set up 20 minutes of actual exciting even then , poof like some form of malignant magic, book over. Ugh.

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Epic and beautiful

Holding my breath waiting for the second book. Amazing and true to Philippa Gregory - sweeping, dramatic, shocking and gorgeous!

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Well written and well read

I loved this historical fiction so much I listened rather than watch TV. Looking forward to book 2

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  • Zia
  • 2019-09-03

Trite ending

I always enjoy miss Gregory's stories. However, this one had a very unsatisfactory and predictable ending. Surely there is more to the story, and a bit of redemption at the end would not have come of this period

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  • paula wright
  • 2019-09-02

Please pay close attention to the opening scenes and description of the land and sea

I didn’t pay attention and had to back tract to find what I missed.
Her usual good story. What a class system cruelty between the classes seemed to be no place for a woman succeed in 1647 england.
Can’t wait for part 2 of this story

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  • Bob
  • 2019-09-15

Awesome book

It’s a can’t put down book. Phillipa Gregory always comes thru with an awesome book. And Ms. Amato reads to perfection. Don’t miss this one.

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  • Lani
  • 2019-09-14

Good Book

I enjoyed this book. It’s not my normal pick but, I was pleasantly surprised. I listened day and night until it was over.

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  • Donna Herron
  • 2019-08-26

Deeply satisfied, and longing for more!

I can’t remember when a book has left me so deeply satisfied, from the first word, to the very last. An avid Philippa Gregory reader, for years, I have to say that she has outdone herself with this compelling story and her own brand of “magic” in it’s telling! My favorite aspect, as always, is her ability to draw her characters from the page with such skill as to conjure them into full life, completely fleshed out into human beings of bone and blood, with purpose and foibles as real as you and I. In this first book of the new Tidelands series, I believe we are in for more surprises than the unexpected twist in this one, and I’m now eagerly on a vigil, until the next book in this series is in my hands!

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  • Celeste Albers
  • 2019-10-13

A woman like you in a place like this

This story captured my heart and mind from the first paragraph. Philippa Gregory has a gift for weaving together history and story. She peoples her stories with unforgettable characters and sets them in expertly drawn locations.
I could not stop listening and felt that I was living the story. I enjoyed the historical detail and the well drawn depiction of domestic life and the hard work it took to survive. The characters came to life with realistic personalities and genuine strengths, weaknesses and flaws.
I don’t understand the criticism of the ending or the pace. I will be impatiently awaiting the next installment.

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  • Susan Poole
  • 2019-10-27

poor choice of narrator for the main character

could not find the desire to finish the hard to believe plot and the mismatched voice with the main female character.

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  • carol lee
  • 2019-09-24

OK

was slow but interesting story. it picked up and was getting good. then the ending went no where

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  • Blue
  • 2020-01-24

I love everything by Philippa Gregory but I found this story very disturbing

I love historical fiction and especially historical fiction by Philippa Gregory. I was not expecting a romance novel but this story was so sad and too disturbing for me. I definitely recommend this author but not this book.

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  • Stacy Irwin
  • 2020-01-23

Slow go

This book had a good story however was very slow going. I almost returned it more than once, I know if I had it in print I would not have finished it.