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The Wine of Angels Audiobook

The Wine of Angels

A paradise parish of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses, and a huge, haunted vicarage were not what the Revd Merrily Watkins ever had in mind. Nor had she wanted to walk into a local dispute over a play about a curious 17th century cleric accused of witchcraft, a story that certain old-established families would rather remained in obscurity. But this is Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets.
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Publisher's Summary

A paradise parish of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses, and a huge, haunted vicarage were not what the Revd Merrily Watkins ever had in mind. Nor had she wanted to walk into a local dispute over a play about a curious 17th century cleric accused of witchcraft, a story that certain old-established families would rather remained in obscurity. But this is Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets. And also as Merrily and her teenage daughter, Jane, discover, a village where horrific murder is a tradition spanning centuries.

©1998 Phil Rickman; (P)Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Woven through is the wonderful web of mysticism and the supernatural which we have come to expect....The clever combination of modern idiom and the timeless echo of history leaps from every page." (Daily Express)
"A first-rate thriller with supernatural overtones...deftly illuminates the intrigues of village life. Quirky characters, an abundance of plot twists." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Leigh Bartley Atlanta, GA 11-20-15
    Leigh Bartley Atlanta, GA 11-20-15
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    "Horrible doesn't begin to describe the narration"

    As any Audible customer will tell you, the narrator makes or breaks the book --no matter how great the book is. Perhaps I've been spoiled by listening to that AMAZING Davina Porter who narrates the Outlander series. Rebecca Lacey is NO Davina Porter. In fact, she's one of the worst narrators I've encountered. She simply does not know how to distinguish the characters from one another. You have no idea which character is talking.. I can't even finish listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Casey33956 Sandston, VA, United States 08-15-12
    Casey33956 Sandston, VA, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    Where does The Wine of Angels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have a new series I love!! Great story! Great mystery! Great bits of British humor sprinkled about. If you like mystery, subtle supernatural stuff you'll like this series. I love Merrily's teenage daughter Jane.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elaine United States 07-02-12
    elaine United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co

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    "Slow and steady"

    The story was slow and steady. Never got too excited by the story but it held my interest. Really liked characters and would listen to another story by author

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    Catherine Potsdam, NY, United States 09-19-09
    Catherine Potsdam, NY, United States 09-19-09 Member Since 2014
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    "A good listen"

    I liked this. The story was woven together in such a way that my interest never wandered. If you like the British shows like Midsommer Murders, Inspector Morse or any of the Agatha Cristi offerings, then give this one a try. I also liked how the author doesn't play up the supernatural portions, but does intice us with their possibilities.

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    Renee Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-09-09
    Renee Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-09-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Look for the Abridged Version"

    It was a pretty good story but it took sooooo long to get there. Rebecca Lacey was WONDERFUL as a reader. But it seemed to repeat and repeat and I got quite bored with it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna A Massachusetts 12-14-12
    Donna A Massachusetts 12-14-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Can't finish"

    I tried - twice .. could not follow the story are all. Wasted credit!

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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    1/18/10
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    "A muddle of too many themes"

    Maybe because I don't particularly like stories that depend on the supernatural, I didn't much enjoy this book. I think it tries to deal with too many themes: supernatural phenomena; religious belief; paedophilia; prejudice against homosexuality; mental illness; women priests; dislike of newcomers into a village and so on. It was all very confusing with lots of characters as well, even though the narrator made a valiant effort to distinguish the various voices. Disappointing.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lornie Lou
    8/5/15
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    "Tip top story, real page turner"

    Merrily Watkins delivers the goods. Very well written rural whodunit/supernatural thriller with really strong, amusing characters . Highly recommended

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  • KayJay
    2/7/15
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    "Gripping"

    Great book. Gripping right until the end. Looking froward to the next one. Very well written. Great imagery. Woul recommend

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CARRYN
    PLEDELIAC, France
    2/20/14
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    "Will I get to the end"

    I am perservering but this has to rate as one of the most boring books I have listened to I am already on the second part and it is only now that something is happening Could possibly recommend it unless you need something to fall asleep to

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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