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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

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

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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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Good book, terrible reader

I was excited to see Audible version of book I had read and enjoyed many many years ago. This reader was awful, especially for book requiring many accents. The only accent she could produce was Jamaican. Upper class English? Jamaican. Cockney? French? Jamaican. Mispronounced words constantly interrupted my train of listening. Arabic words and names were quite hashed. And ssllooww. I finally put it on 1.25 speed for a major improvement. I will be careful to not get a book read by this actor in future.

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Great book but...

Awsome book, but I didn't like the narrator so much. For some reason she doesn't suit the story

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insufficient editing

I listened to this hoping it would get better. the story was so-so but the problem for me was the reader. she continued to mispronounce words that seemed pretty easy to say properly. I don't know why these weren't corrected by the producer during recording. unless you are just looking for something to play while you work and don't mind that it isn't interesting, i don't recommend it.

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Horrible narration

Would you try another book from M. M. Kaye and/or Karen Chilton?

Never

How could the performance have been better?

Narrator is worst I have ever heard

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

Storyline was good. Just hard to listen to narrator

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A fan of history

Well written, exciting. I love that you can read/listen and really not put it down. I enjoyed every chapter.