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The Legacy | [Katherine Webb]

The Legacy

In the bitter winter of 2009, following the death of their grandmother, Erica Calcott and her sister Beth return to Storton Manor, a grand and imposing Wiltshire house where they spent their summer holidays as children. When Erica begins to sort through her grandmother's belongings, she is flooded with memories of her childhood - and of her cousin, Henry, whose disappearance from the manor tore the family apart. Erica sets out to discover what happened to Henry.
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Publisher's Summary

In the bitter winter of 2009, following the death of their grandmother, Erica Calcott and her sister Beth return to Storton Manor, a grand and imposing Wiltshire house where they spent their summer holidays as children.

When Erica begins to sort through her grandmother's belongings, she is flooded with memories of her childhood - and of her cousin, Henry, whose disappearance from the manor tore the family apart. Erica sets out to discover what happened to Henry - so that the past can be laid to rest, and her sister, Beth, might finally find some peace.

Gradually, as Erica begins to sift through remnants of the past, a secret family history emerges; one that stretches all the way back to turn-of-the-century Oklahoma, to a beautiful society heiress and a haunting, savage land. As past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two terrible acts of betrayal - and the heart-breaking legacy left behind.

The Legacy is an unforgettable, deeply satisfying story that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.

©2010 Katherine Webb (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Chris Mount Dora, FL, United States 09-26-11
    Chris Mount Dora, FL, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Tedious"

    I am battling every second of this book. Have progressed to part 2 where an inkling of what may have transpired is just coming to light. The narrator occasionally confuses which character she is relating but overall gives a good narration. The author's time changes are a bit difficult to follow. This is not a "casual" listening book. Hoping the ending is more satisfying than part 1.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 10-21-11
    Dawn 10-21-11 Member Since 2009

    Northern CA...love classics, romance, historical fiction, fantasy/sci fi, Diana Gabaldin, Jean Auel!

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    "Thought-provoking story and a bit melancholy..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Legacy to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version so I cannot compare print vs. audio.


    If you’ve listened to books by Katherine Webb before, how does this one compare?

    Nor had I listened to any of Katherine Webb's books before


    Have you listened to any of Clare Wille’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed Clare Wille's narration of this book, her voice is clear and pleasant, she switched smoothly between characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was a good one, however, I think I would have enjoyed reading each woman's story separately as (ie Book 1 and Book 2 of a series) There was a lot of information to cover in such a short amount of time. I was totally fascinated by Caroline and Corrin's (sp) story and would have liked to hear more detail about them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Barbara
    Preston, United Kingdom
    7/17/14
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    "Timelines"
    What did you like most about The Legacy?

    The way the timelines came together from the past to the present


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Legacy?

    What really happened to their cousin


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

    Yes the Unseen. It compared well, very well written and thought through again time differences with the past and the present, always searching for the answer


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I wanted to listen to it over different sittings


    Any additional comments?

    I have been very surprised to the stories how real they could be, how people would have acted in the ways katherine describes, I have enjoyed them all, I am now listening to the Half Forgotten Song and again I am really enjoying the twists and turns of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    BAKEWELL, United Kingdom
    2/2/15
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    "Excellent writing, story, and narrating"

    I throughly enjoyed this book, and was quite sad when it ended, which i think is always a good measure of a novel.
    This was the first book i had listened to by Katherine Webb, but certainly will not be the last.
    The book takes you seamlessly from 1903 to present day and back again, never loosing a thread, clear explanations of characters and background, with the odd little twist, woven in.
    Very clever writing, and beautifully narrated.
    Looking forward to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    1/21/15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    A delightfully woven story linking two generations a century apart, nicely written and it certainly kept my interest.
    I could almost understand why the older lady (Catherine) could be so nasty and unpleasant, but couldn't bring myself to excuse her behaviour ..... but then life was so different all those years ago and there were such different values.
    I enjoyed the story and the narration, I feel that I will probably revisit this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M
    London, United Kingdom
    7/15/15
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    "Excellent!"

    Excellent story. I will definitely be listening to other Katherine Webb novels very soon. Thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lara
    Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
    6/3/15
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    "Enganging, but overall sad"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Legacy to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so I can not compare.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I did like the mistery and the resolution of it.


    Which character – as performed by Clare Wille – was your favourite?

    I didn't have a favourite character, as I didn't really identify with any.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, unfortunately it didn't. It was interesting but it didn't stur many emotions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kimmidp
    brussels belgium
    4/21/15
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    "Brilliant saga !"

    Loved this intricate family saga spread across two continents and over a century.
    Well thought out and overall great performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ddodson
    3/2/15
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    "Ok book not brilliant."
    Where does The Legacy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a good listen. But after reading Lucinda Riley books these didn't come close for me. I often found too much detail in the little things iewhat they ate etc...I very much enjoyed the description that was all in America, thought that bit was very good. I was disappointed with the ending as though the writer had suddenly got tired. Without ruining the story for others I didn't believe the ending to the house at all. Narrator was very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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