• The Tide Between Us

  • The O'Neill Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Olive Collins
  • Narrated by: Jack Nolan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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The Tide Between Us

By: Olive Collins
Narrated by: Jack Nolan
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Publisher's Summary

1821: Among the thousands of Irish deportees to the Caribbean British Colonies is a 10-year-old Irish boy, Art O’Neill. As an indentured servant on a sugar plantation in Jamaica, Art gradually acclimatizes to the exotic country and the unfamiliar customs of the African slaves.

When the new heirs to the plantation arrive from Ireland, they resurrect the ghosts of brutal injustices against Art. He bides his time and hides his abhorrence from his new master by channeling his energy into his work. During those years, he prospers, acquires land, sees his colored children freed after emancipation as he takes us on a multi-generational historical saga. 

Eventually, Art is promised seven gold coins for seven decades of service. He doubts his master will part with the coins. The morning Art sets out to claim his gratuity, he ignores his sense of foreboding that he may not return home alive.

Ireland, 1991: One hundred years later, a skeleton is discovered beneath a fallen tree on the grounds of Lugdale Estate. By its side is a gold coin minted in 1870. Yseult, the owner of the estate, watches as events unfold, fearful of the long-buried truths that may emerge about her family’s past and its links to the slave trade. As the skeleton gives up its secrets, Yseult realizes she too can no longer hide.

Inspired by the real story of 2,000 Irish children deported to Jamaica and the statistics that 25 percent of Jamaican citizens claim Irish ancestry. The Tide Between Us is a powerful novel documenting true historical events and the resilience of the human spirit.

©2018 Olive Collins (P)2021 Olive Collins

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Horrible narration

Wonderful story nearly ruined by poor narration and production. I don’t want to hear the narrator swallow. He halted mid sentence over and over obscuring the meaning. He pronounced names differently throughout and the accents were unbelievable and inconsistent. I almost quit listening many times but the story itself kept me.

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weird audio sounds

there were some cat noises and weird mouth sounds in this audiobook, particularly the second half...

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Should have had a better narrator

It’s a good story with vivid descriptions and interesting characters, but the narrator almost ruined it for me. His phrasing is strange and halting. His pronunciations of character and place names were not consistent. His Irish accent comes and goes. I love listening to audiobooks, but I wish I had read this one myself instead of hearing this narrator read it.

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First Half was Very Good

But the second half..! Maybe it was more the painful narration. The odd pauses and inflections were awful and at least once the character’s accent completely changed so maybe the editing was terrible too.
The story felt like it wrapped up too quickly and oddly, but overall was interesting and informative about a piece of history that was only vaguely familiar to me. I’d recommend reading it though or only listening to the first half of this book. After Art goes to the house stop listening and get the paper copy.

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The music was so irritating

I don’t know who decided there needed to be music at the beginning/end of chapter but it is awful! The reader was ok. The story was good.

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Very confusing

I had to listen to the story three times to connect the dots. Maybe I’m slow. It would’ve been nice each time they changed eras or dates they would’ve let us know what time They were in. The reader sounded like a computer that had no inflections or emotions. There were stops in the middle of sentences for no reason. I think if I had read the book I would’ve liked it better but didn’t have the time.

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Olive Collins is amazing.

I love this story! Full of adventure, passion, drama and suspense!! I highly recommend reading this one!

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Hard to follow

I liked the first half of the book but the second half jumped around too much and was hard to follow.

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Great Story; So-So Narration

This was a good historical fiction story based on unfortunately factual events. I liked the progression through the generations. I thought the reader wasn’t the best. He read and pronounced ok but had little inflection. Good times and bad we’re all portrayed with the same monotone. Also, it was clear when he had taken breaks because he’d come back with voices that didn’t match the characters he portrayed in the last segment. I honestly wondered if different actors were taking turns reading it or if he had moved onto another character mid paragraph because the accent changed too. Despite the narration, I liked the story.

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Staggered timeline

The story line didn’t have enough flavor. I got bored with it a few times and hand to rewind it. I stayed with it because I had paid for it and I don’t like wasting my money plus I was hoping it would get better.
I would get lost with the timeline when the book started a new chapter or even in the middle of the chapters. I especially had to continue to rewind when going back to the listening even if I hadn’t listened to it in a few hours.
I didn’t know if I was in the 1800’s or in the 1990’s.
What intrigued me about the story was that they had slaves from Ireland and Africa sold to English that lived in Jamaica.
The narrator would stop died for a second then read again. Like he lost his line in reading. He did this quite often. Maybe it had something to do with the quality of the recording.
The storyline had a lot of potential and as I said I was hoping that it would eventually happen. But it didn’t.

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  • Mrs N
  • 10-22-21

Good story

An interesting and engaging story, but I felt the narration spoilt it. It was very halting with pauses in the wrong places and the emphasis sometimes placed on the wrong word. I was also reading the book in Kindle Unlimited and without this I wouldn’t have completed the story.

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  • A E Little
  • 04-07-22

Poor narration

I had to stop listening to this. This narration was terrible. The accents were all over the place and the reading didn’t flow and was not at all engaging. Gutted I wasted a credit.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-29-22

Dreadful narration

Quite interesting story but disjointed and unsatisfactory experience overall. The jolting narration was painful at best and prevented any continuity in the story. It’s a shame really.

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  • A D.
  • 02-27-22

The Narrators accent was all wrong for this book

The narrators voice was all wrong , sometimes sounding American / Scottish.
The Irish language pronunciation was incorrect.
Why couldn’t they get an Irish speaking person to narrate?
It really detracted from the book.

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  • Jacqueline Monahan
  • 02-22-22

Suffering Jaysus

I hate to be so critical but why is an Irish person not narrating an Irish person’s story? The narration is terrible and the accents are appalling. If the story wasn’t so interesting I’d not finish it.

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  • mo
  • 01-10-22

Disappointing narration

I didn't get further than the first chapter due to the dreadful narration. The accents were appalling and grated and I am trying to return this title. If I could rate the narration zero I would do. and many others agree. This is the second novel Ive recently purchased where the narration was so disappointingly poor. One more chance Audible then Im gone !

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  • S. S.
  • 10-20-21

Worth Reading

I received this in paperback form initially, but decided to go with audible so I could carry on with my day.

I found the narration delivery was very poor, and could have given up after the first chapter. He was not putting the correct emphasis on the sentence, mispronouncing place names, substituting words with the wrong word, eg saying dining table instead of dressing table, all these things I found distracting my attention away from the story.

Usually I can go through a book of this size in two days, but this took me over a week, I had to keep turning it off. I was determined to finish it, which I did, but I would definitely recommended reading it.

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  • Mongfhind
  • 10-03-21

Interesting story

A interesting story, well written and compulsive listening. My only real criticism is the narration style was irritating and distracting because of it’s disjointed delivery. The poor narration made the story hard to follow at periods throughout the book as I found myself having to rewind the story to make sense of it. The periodic music seemed superfluous as well but other listeners may feel differently.

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  • Tracy
  • 10-02-21

A great story sadly ruined by terrible nattation.

Seriously! You can't tell me that there are no Irish narrators. I found myself physically cringing on occasions.

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  • Susan Sharples
  • 09-27-21

Prepare to succeed...

It's a pity Jack didn't read ahead to see where the ends of sentences are...it made for a choppy read with bits added to what sounded like the ends of sentences. This changed some of the meanings or messed with the flow

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