Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $39.50

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

She was ‘The Angel of the Baths’, the one woman whose touch everybody yearned for. Yet she would do more. She was certain of that.

In the city of Bath, in the year 1865, an extraordinary young woman renowned for her nursing skills is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her. But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined. 

Meanwhile, on the wild island of Borneo, an eccentric British ‘rajah’, Sir Ralph Savage, overflowing with philanthropy but compromised by his passions, sees his schemes relentlessly undermined by his own fragility, by man’s innate greed and by the invasive power of the forest itself.   

Jane’s quest for an altered life and Sir Ralph’s endeavours become locked together as the story journeys across the globe - from the confines of an English tearoom to the rainforests of a tropical island via the slums of Dublin and the transgressive fancy-dress boutiques of Paris.

Islands of Mercy is a novel that ignites the senses and is a bold exploration of the human urge to seek places of sanctuary in a pitiless world.

©2020 Rose Tremain (P)2020 Penguin Audio

More from the same

What listeners say about Islands of Mercy

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    13
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

KATIE MCGRATH REALLY DID SO GOOD HERE

I love this!!! Katie McGrath is indeed the owner of the best voice in the whole universe - even multiverse. Words aren't even enough to describe how amazing she did it. She has such an angelic voice, perfect intonations, and great balance of emotions. Certainly a 💯💯💯💯💯 in delivering the story ❤️

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

10/10

Narrator was amazing she must narrate more. Story was so riveting and beautiful I loved the gayness

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Bewitching

This story and the narration capture you from the first word and never let go. The language is bewitching and the characters are so full of life it's hard not to feel like you know them personally.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 18-09-2020

AMAZING!

Its a greay story. I enjoyed it. I cannot get enough of Jane. And as for the narrator, would like to hear more of Katie McGrath.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-2020

La voz de Katie es perfecta!

La colaboración es maravillosa e impecable, sin duda vale la pena escuchar todas las horas que toma terminar el libro, y la historia tiene algo que te mantiene fácilmente atrapado.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-2020

great narration

I loved the story and how it showed how bad compulsory heterosexuality is. and the narrator was incredible!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-2020

Wow

I've immensely enjoyed the book, it was an exquisite pleasure to listen to Katie McGrath

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-2020

Tremain and McGrath, amazing combo

Katie McGrath brough this book to life in such a magnificent manner! And she did left me speechless by her performance! I might have enjoyed this book as a standalone paperback, but waaaay less than this very version read by Miss McGrath! Anyhow, back to the book, this was the first book by Rose Tremain I have encountered but I did enjoy the plot, the characters, the prose, the way the writing ran smoothly... And, I like the book ending.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-2020

Fascinating

An enthralling story, beautifully written and narrated. The characters are very relatable, with their personal struggles, journeys and desires.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-09-2020

Islands of Mercy - Is Right

I listened to (and read) this novel avidly in large chunks. I generally enjoyed it, though finally thought that the novel ended without the key story-line being given the space and attention that I felt it warranted. I am going to have to re-listen and re-read the last pages dealing with the main female character to see if I have misread and so adjust my view. To suggest doing this shows that I take the novel seriously. I am a fan of Rose Tremain, really. In ideas, plotting, language, narrative skill, characterisation etc. etc. she is always a force to be relied upon. As a male reader I felt a bit battered by the end of the novel as male characters were so often weak, misguided, arrogant, jealous or downright unpleasant. All the 'fizz' is with the women. As to the narrative performance I'm sad to say that I felt a bit underwhelmed. It felt too confidential and I wanted a bit more. I liked the idea of Rose Tremain's islands of mercy; rather than life's rich pageant.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 22-09-2020

Katie McGrath Is Perfect

Katies voice is perfect and calming, she could read me the back of a shampoo bottle and it would entrance me and be the best thing id ever heard

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Somewhat disappointed
  • Somewhat disappointed
  • 20-09-2020

Amazing thoroughly enjoyable

I've never listened to an audiobook before so this was a first for me and considering how long it was I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it, but I was pleasantly surprised, Rose Tremain is an incredible author and I could listen to Katie Mcgrath forever

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-2020

.

The best thing about this book, except it being a historian lesbian love story, is that Katie Mcgrath narrated it and I'd very much enjoy to listen to more books narrated by her.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 21-09-2020

Surprisingly good book

Narrator was my sole reason to get rhis book but it ended up being an excelent book!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Carel Bennett
  • Carel Bennett
  • 01-11-2020

Excellent!

I absolutely loved this book, and Katie McGrath's voice feels perfectly fitting for it. Simultaneously heart-warming and heart-wrenching, with its multitude of characters, Rose Tremain has an excellent command of emotive language. I will definitely be listening to it again and again.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nitto
  • Nitto
  • 31-10-2020

YES

Yeeted myself into this book when i saw that Katie McGrath is the narrator. Absolutely worth it! One of the most beautifully books I've ever read/listened to.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mrs. Sian E. Rault
  • Mrs. Sian E. Rault
  • 23-10-2020

Patterned with gold thread

Woven throughout the book are stories of found and lost love. I could go on.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for KV
  • KV
  • 15-10-2020

Good

I like Rose Tremain's style of writing. Interesting characters. and descriptions of different lands. Good

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jonathan
  • Jonathan
  • 15-10-2020

Simply perfect and enjoyable

At the begining, the reason to get this book was only because I'm a great fan of Katie McGrath, but every minute I heard, the book hooked me more and more. The plot, the characters and the way that Rose Tremain write are really fantastic and Miss McGrath performance is such perfect as always in her jobs. I recommend it at all, the time fly away when you enjoy.

1 person found this helpful

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.