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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
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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
By Barry on 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

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4 out of 5 stars
By JV on 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.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shoshi on 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.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 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???

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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