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In the Land of the Long White Cloud Audiobook

In the Land of the Long White Cloud

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Publisher's Summary

Hardworking London governess Helen Davenport longs for a family of her own but knows the prospect of finding a suitable husband grows dimmer each year. Then she spots an advertisement seeking wives for the churchgoing bachelors of colonial New Zealand and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer.

Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, society life bores Gwyneira Silkham, beautiful, daring daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder. She finds an unexpected escape when her father loses a blackjack hand to a mysterious New Zealand baron — and Gwyn’s hand in marriage goes to the baron’s son.The women cross paths on the ship to Christchurch — Helen traveling steerage, Gwyn first class — and form an unlikely friendship, one they’ll rely on when the husbands awaiting them turn out very different than they’d imagined.

This nineteenth-century saga of two unforgettable young women — navigating a new world and finding friendship, romance, and adventure at every turn — is as lush and sweeping as the hills of New Zealand themselves.

(P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Valerie 25/08/2016
    Valerie 25/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen to the narrator first"

    The story was spoiled for me by the narration, very strange voice and style. Would not use this narrator again .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Debbie
    Toney, Alabama
    15/05/15
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    "Well Told Tale of Life in 19th Century New Zealand"

    I loved this honestly told story of the immigrants who came to New Zealand . . . Helen, the governess, who answered an advertisement to come from England to New Zealand to find a husband . . . and Gwyneira, who is coming from Wales to meet her husband. Gwyneira's father, a sheep breeder, who has gambled away his daughter's dowry, has now gambled his daughter's hand in marriage to save his sheep farm. Helen and Gwyniera become friends on the three month sea voyage from England to New Zealand, and so do the orphans that are traveling with Helen. I see that many of the reviews of In the Land of the Long White Cloud are mixed or negative . . . I highly disagree. Having listened to Bryce Courtney's books about Australia and New Zealand and the Maori tribes, (all of which I highly recommend), I find Sarah Lark's writing much gentler. Her treatment of many subjects (abuse of women by men, homosexuality, infidelity, sexual scenes, whore houses) are well written, but not down played or white washed. These things, as much as we all wish they weren't, were facts of life in 19th century New Zealand . . . The genuine friendships formed between the women, the pioneer spirit, the settling of the land and the GOOD of many people, including the Maori tribes, shine through. A love of learning and biblical truth abound, as well as unveiling the wolves in sheeps' clothing. I am already listening the the next book in the trilogy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • DHackney
    Round Rock, Texas
    30/08/13
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    "Excellent Epic - New Zealand"

    The book titled “In the Land of the Long White Cloud” by Sarah Lark readers follow a few generations of immigrants to New Zealand from Wales and London. One of the characters is Helen Davenport who has been working as governess in London but longs for a husband and a family of her own. Helen ends up on her way to New Zealand to answer an advertisement for a man seeking a wife after the exchange of letters. Helen believes that this man who writes beautiful sentiments is a gentleman farmer but her reality is disappointing.
    Gwyn’s character comes into the story when her father loses blackjack to a sheep baron from New Zealand. Gwyn is to go to New Zealand to marry the sheep baron’s son. Gwyn is only 17 years old and loves sheep ranching, border collies, and horses. She is excited for an adventure and life on a sprawling ranch. Her reality is less than ideal.
    Sarah Lark introduces the reader to a cast of characters that are wonderfully created. There are the orphan girls shipped to New Zealand to be servants. The heartless decisions made for these little girls really touched my heart and I was so happy that the author carried each of their story lines throughout this epic novel, as well. I call this an epic novel because it sweeps through many years – following the individual characters’ lives.
    I purchased this book as an audio presentation through audible.com for my Kindle and it was about 22 hours long. The audible story is brilliantly performed by Anne Flosnik. It was thrilling to have such a long book to listen to that was never was slow or dull. There is rich New Zealand history detailed in the story and descriptions of the beautiful south island in the early days of settlers.
    I am looking forward to ready the next book by Sarah Lark that carries on the story lines with the next generations. This book was originally written in German and the English translation was excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    30/10/12
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    "Frontier Land story"

    A quite long winded story, narrated well, but doesn't really go anywhere.. I enjoyed the narration, good accents and quietly enjoyable

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Alberta, AB, Canada
    1/10/12
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    "easy light listen"

    an average historical, novel, narrator is alright. I'd recommend this book if you are doing something that will require half a listening ear.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • jkopp1976
    21/03/16
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    "the narrator is horrible in this."

    I couldn't even make it through the 1st chapter of this book. The narrator is bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    East St KIlda, Australia
    29/08/13
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    "Tedious"

    This book goes on and on and on and is very tedious. The narrator is a poor choice and when she does the voices of the characters she sounds rather odd. None of the characters are particularly likable or believable. There are some obvious historical mistakes and I regret listening all the way to the end.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • NatesNana
    San Carlos, CA 94070
    10/08/13
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    "Narrator has no idea of Maori Pronunciation!"

    Interesting story of pioneer New Zealand. However as a genuine "Kiwi" pakeha, I found the narration rather bland and her poor pronunciation of Maori words and place names grated - sometimes they were unrecognisable. The "Maori accent" of the Maori workers speaking English was also poorly portrayed.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Solberg
    18/11/16
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    "I really enjoyed this book"

    I thought this book was a great read and can't wait to read the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CaliReader
    9/09/16
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    "Stellar Saga!"

    If you like well written generational stories told with colorful and developed characters of love, friendship, family and history then this book is for you. The audible narration was interfering at first but after the first few minutes you realize how perfect the voice fits the settings. I loved this book and all of the plots and subplots and felt like I was one of the two women starting out in New Zealand myself! At times exciting, passionate, difficult, and joyful, these women and their men and families and neighbors pull you in so that you can't help wanting to find out what happens to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/08/16
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    "Disturbing historical fiction"

    I'm only glad this book was free because it would have been a terrible waste. I am so sick of historical fiction using rape as a plot twist. This book was hours and hours of the victimization of women with no turn around or end in sight. I couldn't finish and it was s frustrating waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Louize
    Ely, United Kingdom
    13/04/15
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    "The worst book I have yet listened to"

    Having just been to New Zealand I was very interested in this book. The story was dire, appallingly badly narrated. If the narrator is unable to do a certain accent she should not try. A scots man with a mix of an Irish/Welsh/English accent is a joke and not a funny one. I shall be returning it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jill Walker
    East Yorkshire, England
    30/12/12
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    "Pleasant listen"

    This was an enjoyable listen if not exactly gripping or enthralling. Although neither of the main characters of Gwyneira or Helen made much of an impression on me I did find myself wanting things to work out well for them both and listening at every opportunity to discover what would come next in their lives. Some of the characters outcomes were a bit contrived and neatly sewn up but overall I did enjoy the book and would recommend it as one that is not too challenging if you need a fairly lightweight listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • erssie
    United Kingdom
    25/10/16
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    "Kindle Unlimited is not working"

    This is just one of many titles where the audio and kindle versions just don't synch properly. The voice narration alone is awful. Means my Kindle Unlimited membership is an awful waste of subscription if I can't Read and Listen as stated on the book descriptions in the store.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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