Ibis Trilogy

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,047 ratings

Sea of Poppies Publisher's Summary

At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China's vicious 19th-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races, and generations.

The vast sweep of this historical adventure embraces the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the crowded backstreets of Canton. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, that makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive - a masterpiece from one of the world's finest novelists.

©2008 Amitav Ghosh (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Sea of Poppies

    • By: Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 577
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 365
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 366

    At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China's vicious 19th-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • ignorance may be bliss

    • By Evelyn M Kloepper on 07-27-09

    Regular price: $30.09

    • Sea of Poppies

    • By: Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated by: Kish Sharma
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24

    In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman. As their old family ties are washed away they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races and generations.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Overly melodramatic

    • By Susan Myers on 11-30-17

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 2

    • River of Smoke

    • By: Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223

    The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck-hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Funky town

    • By K Cornwinkle on 11-30-11

    Regular price: $27.29

    • River of Smoke

    • By: Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated by: Lyndam Gregory
    • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent narrator/ wonderful novel/

    • By Alan on 09-29-11

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 3

    • Flood of Fire

    • Ibis Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated by: Raj Ghatak
    • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    The final book in the best-selling Ibis trilogy from the author of Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies. It is 1839, and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastward from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect finale to the trilogy!

    • By Siva on 07-09-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Flood of Fire

    • Ibis Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated by: Raj Ghatak
    • Length: 23 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147

    It is 1839 and China has embargoed the trade of opium, yet too much is at stake in the lucrative business and the British Foreign Secretary has ordered the colonial government in India to assemble an expeditionary force for an attack to reinstate the trade. Among those consigned is Kesri Singh, a soldier in the army of the East India Company. He makes his way eastward on the Hind, a transport ship that will carry him from Bengal to Hong Kong.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good novel, would be better read by a different performer

    • By Preethy on 11-11-15

    Regular price: $20.99