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Trade Wind Audiobook

Trade Wind

The scene is teeming Zanzibar just before the American Civil War, when the Isle of Cloves was a center of African slave trade. To it comes Hero Athena Hollis, a Boston bluestocking filled with self-righteousness and bent on good deeds. Then she meets Rory Frost, a cynical, wicked, shrewd and good-humored trader in slaves. What is Hero to make of him (and of her feelings for him)?
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The scene is teeming Zanzibar just before the American Civil War, when the Isle of Cloves was a center of African slave trade. To it comes Hero Athena Hollis, a Boston bluestocking filled with self-righteousness and bent on good deeds.

Then she meets Rory Frost, a cynical, wicked, shrewd and good-humored trader in slaves. What is Hero to make of him (and of her feelings for him)?

©1963, 1981 M.M. Kaye (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Tightly plotted, crammed with detail and irresistibly romantic." (Cosmopolitan)

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    D. D. Worden 04-16-13
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    "Epic historical novel."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader.


    What other book might you compare Trade Wind to and why?

    Shadow of the Moon and Far Pavilions - by the same author. They each teach us something about actual events, but add the element of personal drama. The stories make me want to research what actually happened in those places long ago.


    What didn’t you like about Karen Chilton’s performance?

    She gave the main male character -- an intelligent British rogue -- a wimpy southern drawl. He was definitely NOT from Britain, and definitely not the character the author created. The disconnect almost made me stop listening to the story. But I liked the book too much (I've read it many times) to do that.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always enjoyed this story and all of MM Kaye's historical novels. I'm sad that the reader made it so cumbersome to get through. If there was another reader, I'd trade this version in to try him/her.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katy J. Hadduck 10-24-15
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    "Wonderful Story, Beautiful Writing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, all the writing by M.M. Kaye is classic, articulate, well-written, engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unique plot. Unfortunately, the cover art here, as well as the blurb, portrays the book as a bodice-ripper, which it absolutely is not. It's very well written historical fiction. The characters are developed well, the plot is intriguing, and the writing is top-notch.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Anytime an accent is called for, be is English, Irish, Scottish, whatever, the narrator does it in a Caribbean-Jamaican lilt. It's off-putting. Also, she mispronounces words that were common to the time, such as "blackguard." It's "blaggard," not "Black Guard." Her voice is pleasant, though.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane L. Welch 01-29-16
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    "read this book over and over and love it every tim"

    wonderful diverse characters in a unique setting at a time of transition in the world. The speakers mispronounciation of so many words was a distraction and everyone sounded Jamaican but the story makes up for the performance.

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