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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maria McCann Narrator: Richard Bishop Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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It is 1672, a generation after the English Civil War, and England is still struggling to return to normal after the bloody conflict.

In the village of Spadboro, Jonathon Dymond, a cider maker who lives with his parents, has enjoyed a quiet and harmonious life.

But the death of his uncle leads Jonathon to secrets which have lain dormant since the war. When Jonathon discovers his dying uncle's letter to his father, hinting at inheritance and revenge, Jonathon becomes determined to unravel the mystery in his family.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry Dwyer | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this book. I found it hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 2/13/2014

    " Twins was an okay book, but one that I could have never read and been happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bird Lovegod | 2/10/2014

    " Yes it's a good read, the language of olde england flows well, quite the whodunnit to, not as good as As meat loves salt but then that's a superb book indeed.# "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 2/6/2014

    " Really enjoyed this one. One of my biggest beefs with "historical fiction" is that it often reads like modern fiction dressed up in the clothes of the time. This one had the stamp of authenticity on it - the language was right (but a nice easy read) and the detail rang true. Jonathan was fascinating as a narrator - wonderful naivety frequently coming through while he blunders his way through to the truth - and I loved his relationship with his parents. Harriet was superbly drawn as the boo hiss villain. I liked the letters as a means of revealing the back story - made you wonder at first if this version of events was true or not. A really lovely read for anyone who likes the genre, but an equally rewarding experience for people who might need a bit more convincing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline Armstrong | 2/5/2014

    " Enjoyable historical novel, which I would thoroughly recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean Donovan | 1/28/2014

    " Some beautiful prose, but lacking the destructive sensuality and emotional terror of 'As Meat Loves Salt.' Ultimately somewhat of a disappointment, but not so much that I don't want to read everything else Maria McCann writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Forsythe | 1/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this novel. Jon is a sympathetic protagonist. The author describes beautifully the pace of life and the industry of cider making. The slow unravelling of the mystery is well handled and absorbing. His aunt is cleverly depicted as are the vagabond and her daughter. It was a very entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoTownhead | 1/16/2014

    " Jonathan Dymond's peripatetic cider-making leads him to stumble across long-buried family secrets. His efforts to unpick the truth of events which took place around the Civil War threaten the stability of the status quo and endanger his personal safety. After twists and turns the full story is revealed - more than a little tragic and with ongoing consequences. No contrived happy ending here! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erssie | 1/15/2014

    " Atmospheric and reminiscent of Tess of the d'Urbevilles and Hardy's other writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 carelessdestiny | 1/8/2014

    " Sevententh century rural England is very finely imagined in the prose and the detail of daily life and the plot keeps you guessing. It's very well done but it's also made me feel relieved I wasn't born in that particular time and place - it sounds miserable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy Rockey | 12/16/2013

    " This was not perhaps what I expected. An easy read, but not my style "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 12/9/2013

    " A brilliant depiction of 17th century England. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 11/19/2013

    " This was dull! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith Arnopp | 3/16/2013

    " this gently written period novel subtly draws the reader in. at first i thought it would bore me but, slowly, the plot wraps its hands around you and wont let go. the last half of the book makes compulsive reading. i loved it and will now read As Meat Loves Salt and hope for more of the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marleen | 12/20/2012

    " Although beautifully written, this was, in my opinion, a slow-moving, depressing story. The characters were very well depicted and interesting but I thought Jonathan fretted too much and too often about his possible wrong-doings. I liked the ending very much though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 9/27/2012

    " A fast paced historical family romance/mystery that is easy reading and enjoyable, if instantly forgettable. Lacked the passion and the power of As Meat Loves Salt, but the eye for historical detail and story telling ease is still worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/6/2012

    " A well written period piece set in rural England in the 1670s about a young man digging up the family skeletons and dealing with the consequences. I enjoyed this one more than Mary McCAnn's other period piece, "As Meat Loves Salt." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Tanner | 7/21/2012

    " really enjoyed this book, pleasant, amusing read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/10/2012

    " Just couldn't quite live up to as meat loves salt but then again how could it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Franklin | 10/19/2011

    " Most enjoyable read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/11/2011

    " Not sure I liked this a lot but couldn't stop reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 1/29/2011

    " A bit slow to start but the mystery & intrigue of the Dymond family really got going in the second half of the novel. I guessed the twist before it happened but liked the style, setting & characterisations with the story. Liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 12/2/2010

    " this gently written period novel subtly draws the reader in. at first i thought it would bore me but, slowly, the plot wraps its hands around you and wont let go. the last half of the book makes compulsive reading. i loved it and will now read As Meat Loves Salt and hope for more of the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erssie | 11/14/2010

    " Atmospheric and reminiscent of Tess of the d'Urbevilles and Hardy's other writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 10/30/2010

    " A brilliant depiction of 17th century England. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marleen | 10/25/2010

    " Although beautifully written, this was, in my opinion, a slow-moving, depressing story. The characters were very well depicted and interesting but I thought Jonathan fretted too much and too often about his possible wrong-doings. I liked the ending very much though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jo | 9/3/2010

    " I did't finish this - I gave up. I can see people have given it rave reviews but I think historical fiction isn't my thing. Thought it was a bit slow and the story of John and Tamar didn't grab me. Life id too short to read a book you don't enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 4/20/2010

    " A fast paced historical family romance/mystery that is easy reading and enjoyable, if instantly forgettable. Lacked the passion and the power of As Meat Loves Salt, but the eye for historical detail and story telling ease is still worthwhile. "

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