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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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Not what I expected, disappointing

Listening to the audio version was extremely unpleasant. What was the purpose of the music before and after each chapter? Reader was not much better. Couldn’t finish it with these hair pulling distractions.

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Tide between us

Very good, loved it. I listened to it in 4 Days. A little confusing at first to follow the characters.

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Expectations too high?

Perhaps, my expectations were too high. The narration was choppy and disjointed. So was the story. I read "White Cargo" and thoroughly enjoyed it and hoped this book would have been just as informative and entertaining. It should have either been four hours shorter or four hours longer. A disappointment.

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  • JD
  • 11-03-21

I wanted more! I loved this story!

Loved it. This story comes from a perspective different than we have heard before.

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Need to listen to more of these books

Very good book! I wonder how many people there are that dont know they have the same blood?

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Horrible narrator ruins the story

The narrator is horrible making it hard to know when a sentence begins and ends. The flow of his speech is broken like a new reader and his pretended accents sound terrible. The music that’s played is awful. I hate books with music between the chapters.

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Intriguing

I loved the story, however I didn’t get the feel of Jamaica. Maybe it was the poor attempt at the Jamaican patois. I did get a feel of Ireland and the characters were well developed.

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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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  • 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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  • Liam
  • 09-07-21

Great story spoilt by awful narration

Interesting story that will challenge your perception of the slave trade and the life of slaves. Spoilt by an awful narration particularly in the second half. American accent when the main characters where English or Irish and a strange insertion of punctuation where there was none required. This made it quite hard to understand at times and spoilt the listening experience.

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  • Ms. Caroline Lindsell
  • 08-25-21

What a shame .... Great story badly narrated

What a shame ... I have wanted for this story to become available on audible since its launch... sadly I'm struggling to listen to the narrator. Very slow and tedious voice, I've sped up the speaking but its not helped ...the 'accents' are awful, such a poor choice of Narrator... my personal opinion. I'll try another chapter but its grating on me know and I find myself zoning out the story due to the voice. Such a shame. I'll have to buy the book and use my own voices.... Really disappointed . \\\
how about trying someone else ...I see Im not the only one who has met this level of disappointment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-21

Greatly story. Horrific narration.

Usually I would have given up on the book given the shocking narration but I really wanted to hear the story. Sounded like a computerised voice with pauses and inflections in all the wrong places.