©1963, 1981 M.M. Kaye; (P)2006 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
"Strong narrative...telling descriptions." (Birmingham Post)
"A wealth of incident against a fascinating background...a beautiful, almost lyrical style of writing." (Liverppol Daily Post)
"Frangipani, jasmine, and cloves...palace intrigues...slave trades, cholera, pirates, and storms at sea...a huge book." (Guardian)
I looked at this book for some time trying to decide if it was something I wanted to hear. Finally I read the customer reviews.
The first thing that struck me was the customer who said he/she didn't like the narrator. I was surprised after hearing the sample. Now that I'm listening to the book I think I sort of understand why. I think she's very good but somehow her style doesn't quite match the writing style. She's certainly not hurting the book and I'm glad she's doing it, but there is something that's just not quite right at times. She pauses in the wrong places and doesn't pause when one is needed. That's a small thing and it's not bothering me much. I probably wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't been looking for something after that review.
But the review that convinced me to listen to the book was from Mary, who insisted that being historical does not a historical novel make; at least not without gritty sex scenes. I wonder what kind of history books they had in her school. "When Debbie Did Dallas", perhaps? :)
At first that review made me angry. I've been listening to and enjoying an occasional historical novel since the 1950's. Some of my very favorite books are historical novels. Books such as "The Egyptian", "The Robe", "Spirit Lake", the books of Kenneth Roberts, etc. These are fine and worthy books. So I found it insulting to one of my enjoyed genres to have them confused with porn.
Well, I calmed down and now that seems pretty silly. I'm sure Mary is a very nice person who, with a little exposure to literature would come to undersatand the difference in porn and historical novels.
So thank you, Mary. You've taught me a little something. And you've done me another favor as well. Because of you I've begun listening to "Trade Winds" and enjoying it. It's not at all what I expected but so far it's excellent. I'm not far enough along to know it's going to turn out well but I have a very good feeling about it.
Very interesting story with just enough romance (well, perhaps I could have used a little more!)This author does a great job with bringing in historical facts and creating a fictional story around them. I have a whole new outlook on the pestilence and plagues that swept through Africa in the late 1800's. Truly I had a hard time sleeping a couple of nights just thinking about the Cholera! "Hero" the heroine really grows on you. She was so annoying for the first half of the book. But the story is about self awareness and change, and moral character...and Hero turns out to be quite an extraordinary woman in the end.
Well written and gripping, the female character can get on your nerves at times but you also have to realize we are speaking about the 1800's. An interesting history of another culture and time. I found it very absorbing, With a nice twist.
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book on my way to work. Rosemary Davis is a wonderful narrator. I feel as though I am by Hero Hollis' side as she makes her journey through Zanzibar. Don't be intimidated by the length - it is worth every minute.
This is a book that cannot be put down. The book converts to 28 CDs but you are kept spellbound from beginning to the end. The vocabulary is phenomenal. The ending of the book is predictable but having said this, I need to explain. The heroine (Hero) is very straight laced and very opinionated while the hero is a blaggard and as the story progresses these two continually come closer and closer together. A truly remarkable book.
This is essentially a romance, but a very well written one that takes place in a wonderfully exotic location. And since the author spent a lot of time in Zanzibar she is able to paint a very vivid portrait of a time and place long gone. What I loved most was the backdrop the characters moved through, even the parts that were raw and bleak.
If you enjoy being transported to different times and places, you'll enjoy this book.
love audio books - Anglophile
I stumbled on this title when I was rifling through amazon.com romance forums for recommendations. The length was a little daunting, but after the first five minutes I was hooked. This book was originally released in 1963 and doesn't contain the graphic sex scenes that are common in today's romances. But the story was engrossing and was full of twists and turns. The secondary characters and the historical backdrop were also well done. I liked the story so much that I bought a copy of the book (it's not on Kindle yet). This is a story that's worth more than one listen/read.
I'm only on the second part and I'm so disappointed. Whomever gave it a 4-5 star should be scolded and given a literature lesson. Please, give me my money back. Once you've listened to Humphrey Bower, you want no other. Look for him under narrators.
This novel was all promise and no real delivery. It could have been so much more and it never quite got there. I was very disappointed as I loved M.M. Kaye's, Far Pavilions. This was nowhere close to that novel.
The narrator was horrible when she did the American accents. She would have been better off not doing the accent since it really made listening to an already boring story even more annoying. It truly was detracting! The main Character Hero was probably the stupidest heroine I have ever run across. One after another stupid acts all the way to the dull ending of a rather dull story .All of the ingredients were there but the author never developed any if it. I wouldn't recommend wasting your time on this one.
this is a good book, but the narration is really painful.
the author's American accent is truly painful. truly. and her voice is just wrong for this, all the way around
"Indulge the Five Senses of your Imagination!"
Every minute of this marathon listen was a joy! Rosemary Davis' dulcet narration carried one over the high seas into an exotic and thrilling world; with her multi-voiced talent she convincingly portrayed the diverse and complex characters of this extraordinary novel. Having read and loved M.M. Kaye's 'The Far Pavilions' - Audible, please record this too! - I was keen to sample further offerings from this novelist and was not disappointed. The depth of her research and knowledge of her chosen subject makes one feel that one is actually there, in a three-dimensional world where all one's senses are involved! When it was finished I felt quite bereft. I wish there were 10 stars to give to this book.
"Absolutely loved it!!!"
I picked this book on a little bit of a whim and loved it. I now have a vague crush on Rory Frost!!! Even though it's a bit of an epic at 30 hours, it seemded to whizz by!! When I reached the end, I had a big sigh to myself. Now what am I going to listen to???
A very excellent unabridged book. Its long but its worth it. A Fabulous Historical tale I wish there were more M M Kaye novels on Audible.
"WHAT A DIFFERENCE A READER MAKES"
After first enjoying this book many years ago, I was surprised at how dated and rather quaint it now seems. However, it's still a good galloping adventure with lots of historic interest. This version was completely ruined by a terrible reader. Her ponderous style and constant verbal quirks - odd pronounciation (not explained by US v. UK), and misplaced emphases - irritated beyond belief. I gave up half way through and went back to my old dog-eared paperback.
"Great story, great reading"
Having read this book years ago, I was keen to hear it on audio book. I wasn't disappointed - the book was as good as I remembered it, and the reading was excellent, with Rosemary Davis coping very well with the different accents. And while it was long, it was extremely enjoyable.
Any chance that you will record the Far Pavillions too?
"Reflects the time it was written for"
I had not read the book before listening to it and initially felt that other reviewers were right in criticising the reading. However, the reading style reflects the genre of the book and improves as one proceeds through the book. Over all it was an enjoyable book, a bit predictable, but worth listening to.
"stonking vintage read"
this is just classic M.M.Kaye - very good story, well researched with accurate background info, great characters- leaves you with that elusive feel-good factor
can't wait to get back to my ipod to listen to the last couple of hours.... had to leave it behind to eat
"Classic M.M. Kaye story."
Well told story about the slave trade.
This is one of my all-time favourite books by one of my favourite authors.
Trade Wind is a superb romantic novel but also so much more. The descriptions of Zanzibar are wonderful and transport you to the island and back into the period. The characters are beautifully and expertly brought to life. Within the book there are several sub-plots which all tie together to create a compelling epic.
I agree with the other reviewer that Audible should produce more M M Kaye audiobooks.
I also agree with the other reviewer that Rosemary Davis reads this book brilliantly. Her accents are faultless and she brings the characters to life perfectly.
Highly recommended - a gem
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