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Download The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (610 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Torday Narrator: David Rintoul Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN:
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Late one summer evening, Wilberforce - rich, young, work-obsessed and self-contained - makes an unexpected detour on the way home from the software company he owns and unwittingly takes the first step on a journey that will change his life. His uncharacteristically impulsive act leads him to the door of Caerlyon Hall, the domain of Francis Black, a place where wine, hospitality, and affection flow freely.

Through Francis, the eccentric and enigmatic owner of Caerlyon, Wilberforce is initiated into a rich life he could never have imagined, becomes a willing pupil to Francis' master, and in the cellars of Caerlyon he nurtures a new-found passion for fine wine. But even the finest wine can leave a bitter aftertaste, and Wilberforce will learn that the undercroft holds some unpalatable secrets, and that passion comes at a price. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurent | 2/17/2014

    " This is the most depressing book I read in 2012, but this does mean that its' portrayal of a man's descent into alcoholism and self-destruction with the loss of all that he holds dear and ultimately his life is very convincing. It's frightening in a way as it's insidious, at least for him, but he has a hefty dose of self-denial to help him along. This is a great book in the way that watching a building collapse in an earthquake is fascinating, but for Christ's sake don't make it the last thing you read before turning off the lights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annal | 2/16/2014

    " Very sad but ending disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 2/1/2014

    " Quite a sad, depressing story, but a good read none the less. Written backwards in four 'vintages', the end (which is actually the beginning) is heartbreaking in it's optimism, knowing, as we do, the real ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Yamarik | 1/17/2014

    " A really great and thoughtprovoking book that is somber but also funny, about a man who drinking himself to death. It starts at the end of his life and moves backwards. Really makes me want to read the other books by this author. . . highly recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/17/2014

    " Depressing - think Leaving Las Vegas with wine and with a less likeable character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 1/16/2014

    " Thoroughly depressing and pathetic story of a very weak man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/15/2014

    " kind of a wimpy, sad read (especially when compared to Salmon Fishing). basically traces a failed life, filled with regret, in kind of an indulgent way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/22/2013

    " 3n1/2 stars tbh. very interesting story but unnerving..... Interesting 'backt to front' story telling technique. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/9/2013

    " Better than some of Torday's previous stuff. The format was interesting - the book was written in 4 parts, each one 2 years earlier so you read the end first. A bit depressing though and it made me look at my glass of wine in a different light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare Coffey | 3/29/2013

    " I picked this title as I had read Torday's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which I had thoroughly enjoyed. It was a good read- touching on alcoholism and self destruction.I would recommend this book to people but be warned it is more darker than Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katerina Stanton | 12/26/2012

    " Never has alcoholism been so thoughtfully explored with dry humor and subtlety, in a novel form. Tons of memoirs and self help book, of which this is neither, unless you want it to be. It provokes deep thought, especially when you know those trapped in their own struggle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 9/10/2012

    " Well written and compelling. The narrator is a true anti-hero -- brilliant, unlikable and egocentric. But there are bits of Wilberforce in all of us and it's impossible to look away as his story unfolds. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 6/13/2012

    " Darker than Torday's first book, and whilst his style is light and readable, particularly dealing with such issues of death by alcohol, for me it's not quite as successful as Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asb | 1/18/2012

    " Enjoyable read. Odd structure as the book is told over 4 different years but in reverse order. "I began to imagine that my life was itself like an insoluble equation, and there was an 'x' in the middle of the equation that I had to understand and could not quantify." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/6/2011

    " Absolutely tragic story of an alcoholic, many layers to this novel, also very funny, love Paul Torday's writing style. Long live the Undercroft! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julian | 6/26/2011

    " Made it about half way through, after which the somber mood and slow story line got the better of me and I gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene Maier | 5/8/2011

    " Absolutely brilliant, one of my all time fave's! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 5/5/2011

    " I must agree with the other reviewers: this book is not as good as Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. That is to say the least. There is no twist. The main character is two-dimensional. Very disappointing from such a promising author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 3/2/2011

    " Argh! What an annoying little story. So hopeless! I can't in good conscience recommend anyone read this. I know it's recommended for book clubs, but seriously, I'd rather read something a little less depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/22/2011

    " Beautiful prose but I found Wilberforce had few redeeming qualities. Slogging through a book about an alcoholic wine connoisseur was not my idea of fun, I'm afraid. Brilliant writing but a rather dull plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susana | 1/11/2011

    " Tried to like it but yuck... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norah | 8/1/2010

    " A most interesting read about a sad kind of man who was looking for happiness, but although he found it, he lost it through alcoholism. For re-release soon... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 7/20/2010

    " Miserable but captivating. Excellent prose and bags of mood. Dropped a star for the structure which, whilst unusual, left the final section feeling a little redundant. Will read more of Torday's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katerina | 7/3/2010

    " Never has alcoholism been so thoughtfully explored with dry humor and subtlety, in a novel form. Tons of memoirs and self help book, of which this is neither, unless you want it to be. It provokes deep thought, especially when you know those trapped in their own struggle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 4/8/2010

    " A rollicking, funny story about one man's relationship with red wine! specifically French Bordeaux with attendant sad personal undertones. Cleverly structured, written in reverse, which does nothing to subtract from the story. This book roused my own personal interest in red wine! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beverley | 2/10/2010

    " Not as good as other one stopped half way "

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About the Narrator

David Rintoul is a stage and television actor. A former student of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared regularly on BBC television, starring as Mr. Darcy in the 1980 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and as Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name.