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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Leigh Marsden | 2/12/2014

    " My '1 star' rating does not refer to the quality of Torday's writing, which I actually quite enjoyed. In saying that, I didn't particularly relate to or care about the main character, Wilberforce, but perhaps that was intended. I gave the book such a low rating because I simply could not be bothered to finish it. The reverse narrative left no reason to continue - I already knew that anything Wilberforce was creating in the later chapters was pointless because of how his 'inheritance' destroys his life early on in the book, and there is something so depressing about that. I see what Torday was trying to do, but it just didn't work for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 2/11/2014

    " Once I realized that the timeline of this book was not linear, I kept reading it, and then I began to see it as a minor masterpiece. I saw traces of Thomas Hardy in it, as well as Italo Calvino and other authors. No spoilers here, but if they were allowed I would right quite a bit about this book. I highly recommend it for anybody interested in literature that is being written right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nigel Theobald | 1/24/2014

    " interesting approach telling the story of wilberforce's life backwards, like years in the life of a wine the tale went back from 2006 when his life imploded (ie when the wine was drunk) to 2002 when it started going wrong (ie when the wine was bottled. Although I did find my interest waning towards the end. It was also an insight into addictive personalities as wilberforce was addicted to so many things, alcohol just became one of them "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 1/21/2014

    " Incredibly sad. Being told how it ends right at the start, and then working backwards through the events that led to this was an interesting idea. I hoped there would be more presented by explanation, but even the 'underlying reason' was little more than hinted at. Probably a very realistic tale of just how depressing alcoholism is, and I felt the author was writing the story of someone he knew. The storytelling became a little banal and repetitive at times, but then I think that was part of the author's point. Not an easy read, and not one to enjoy which is a surprise given the author's previous work. "

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