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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1859 and Hero Hollis, beautiful and headstrong niece of the American consul, arrives in Zanzibar. It is an earthly paradise; it is also the last outpost of the Slave Trade. A passionate opponent of slavery, Hero is swept into a turmoil of royal intrigue, abduction, piracy, smuggling, and a virulent cholera epidemic. There in Zanzibar, the most cruelly beautiful island of the Southern Seas, she must choose her love and unravel her destiny.
©1963, 1981 M.M. Kaye (P)2006 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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)

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Barry
  • Sheridan, AR, United States
  • 08-08-10

Response to reviews

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.

Barry

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • JV
  • 10-09-08

Very Interesting Read!

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 07-31-08

A dark look at slavery

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sally
  • Alexandria, VA, United States
  • 07-23-08

Beautiful

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Kept me listening

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Well written romance, exotic locale

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Might be for a teenaged crowd

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Simple characters following an immature romance story line.

Would you ever listen to anything by M.M. Kaye again?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Maybe for a listener who isn't attracted to lots of action and suspense. The book is pretty bland.

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  • Claire
  • Indio, CA, United States
  • 04-13-12

Don't Bother Wasting your Money

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Pat
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 11-14-10

So so

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas
  • Nottingham, MD, USA
  • 10-17-08

groan

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

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Shoshi
  • 05-12-07

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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • 04-05-11

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???

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • JenPeter
  • 03-06-09

Highly recommended

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Beverley
  • 01-27-09

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?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michaela
  • 12-20-08

Excellent

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • JANE WILSON
  • 02-16-09

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Tina H
  • 04-01-15

amasing story, very well read

What did you like most about Trade Wind?

The store is long but keeps you interested due to the very varied and interesting characters. It is very well read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Captain Emory Frost, because he is funny, strong willed and makes you root for him to survive and get the girl !

Have you listened to any of Rosemary Davis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

sorry, not listened to any

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, it is has very sad parts but also has some comical parts, mainly when Captain Frost is speaking to the very prim Miss Hero Hollis.

Any additional comments?

M M Kaye has not written many books but this is great, if a bit long. If you like stories that have a strong characters and with historical content, try Trade Winds.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-18

Tedious beyond belief!

I am not one to give up on anything and will give credit where credit is due, also not in a habit of writing critical reviews especially about a book and having read Far Pavilions(which I loved) and Shadow of the Moon (not as good but despite the mis-pronounciation of some words, the narrator was clear and eloquent), I couldn't bear another page of the monotony...I don't know if it was only the story line or the whining voices the narrator - a woman herself, gave the female characters but I hang my head in shame for giving up on it.
Oh the joy of 29 hours of a listening to a book in anticipation of a epic author but only disappointment kept coming in waves with every chapter.

I have manned up and attempted to finish the book ...between other books and coming back to this one...and at Chapter 11, i just couldn't anymore...so farewell Trade Winds, there are so many books out there that I really can spend the time with just not this one!

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  • Jockette61
  • 03-04-18

An old fashioned novel, in many ways

If you recall that the original version of this novel was written in the early '60s, it does help to put into perspective some of the aspects that wouldn't be acceptable today - the language, and the obvious unpalatable elements of the romance. However, IF you can put that to one side, it's a great story, and caused me to go back to my history books to learn more about Zanzibar and some of the events described. MM Kaye has a great ability for descriptions and although the book is long, it rattles along at a pretty good pace.
Ms Davis' narration was very good - she seemed to capture the essence of the annoyingly sanctimonious Hero very well.

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  • M
  • 12-08-17

Wonderful.

Would you listen to Trade Wind again? Why?

Yes, it was just such an amazing story.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt I was there, experiencing the story in real life. She is the most amazing storyteller and writer. This is my favourite book ever.