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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.

Public Domain (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • DHackney
  • 30/08/2013

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.

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  • Debbie
  • 15/05/2015

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.

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  • Deb H
  • 27/02/2017

One of my favorite series ever

What did you love best about In the Land of the Long White Cloud?

It was wonderfully written. I was thankful that the stories were very long, because I didn't want them to ever end. I was guessing what would happen next the whole time. I love stories that are not predictable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Land of the Long White Cloud?

I don't want to give any of the story line away. Let's just say, when Gweneira was confronted by her father-in-law about not fulfilling her obligations.

Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

Helen. She had such strength to leave her home on her own. She was a good and loyal friend, well loved by all who knew her. Life was rough for her, but she was always thankful. I loved her spirit.

If you could take any character from In the Land of the Long White Cloud out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Helen, of course. See above comment.

Any additional comments?

Get this series. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Lorna
  • 30/10/2012

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

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  • Elissa
  • 01/12/2017

Narrator can make it or break it...

This one was a complete turn off. Could not continue the book as the narration was very irritating to my ear. Can’t judge the book.

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  • Tracy Jordan
  • 01/10/2012

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.

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  • Sharon
  • 29/08/2013

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.

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  • NatesNana
  • 10/08/2013

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.

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  • Ian King
  • 20/08/2019

A generational romp around historic NZ

This saga starts out in England where a 'considered' aging Nanny, Helen Davenport dreams of marriage before she is much older; where 6 young orphan girls are under the local ministries care and an unscrupulous New Zealand Sheep Baron is visiting over, looking for a herd of quality sheep to take back to NZ for breeding. All of these individuals lives converge when the NZ sheep Baron wins, at a game of cards the hand of a beautiful teenager girl, Gwyneira Silkham. A girl who is sick of the high-society living and wants to get away and experience a new adventure. The NZ Baron wants to take Gwyn back to NZ to be the wife for his less-than-capable son Luke. Helen answers a letter from NZ of a 'gentleman', looking for a bride. The Baron gets his sheep and new daughter-in-law to be, and the 6 orphans are sent to NZ to be house maids, adoptive daughters and potential wives. While on board the ship 'Dublin' due for NZ, Gwyn and Helen (who is filling the roll as the young girls' guardian and teacher), make an unlikely alliance and life-long friendship. When they all arrive in NZ, things do not go as everyone had expected and there the whole darned saga goes 'pear-shaped'. I really enjoyed this story as these individuals lives keep connecting somewhere, or other in NZ. Good things happen, sad things happen, terrible things happen and all the paths that the reader might expect to follow, are not as straight as they should be. There are several stories going on at once and Lark, manages them all very well. I listened to the audiobook version of this story (22 hours worth) which was for the most part, skillfully narrated by Anne Flosnik. She has a brilliant handle on the talent of a narrator, creating different characters and honouring the authors creation. But, being a NZ local I did have a few laughs at certain pronunciations of words that she used. She was not to know and it didn't upset the story in any way.

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  • Lynda Clark
  • 19/11/2017

Finally finished this book.

It was hard to focus on the story because I didn't like the narrator .

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  • Ruth
  • 10/05/2016

super translation

I love all the books of Sarah Lark that take place in New Zealand in German as well as in English; and I have read and listened to them many times already (probably will do so in the future).

After first having read the stories many years ago I happened to visit New Zealand. Surprised I realized that I already knew quite a lot of the country and it's history just based on the stories of Sarah Lark.

Contrary to others, personally I think the sound of the readers voice does not suit the books very well. She is doing a very good job, giving each person his or her own voice! But it often happens that I feel as if I'm listening to a fairy tale read to children.

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  • Bine E.
  • 24/03/2015

Tolle Familiensaga

Eine wunderbar "altmodische" Familiensaga, wobei ich "altmodisch" hier durchaus positiv finde. Ältere Bücher aus diesem Genre, z. B. aus den 80ern, hatten oft noch mehr Schmackes, als die aktuelleren Lektüren.

Das Buch hat alles, was das Herz begehrt: verbotene Liebe, Abenteuer, Intrigen, Schicksalsschläge, Tragödien, humorvolle Momente.

Der Schreibstil ist traditionell aus der dritten Person in der Vergangenheitsform gehalten, was mir am liebsten ist.

Und trotz der Länge ist das Hörbuch alles andere als langweilig. Von Anne Flosnik als Sprecherin auch sehr ansprechend vorgetragen.

Wer das Genre Familiensaga mag, wird sicher seine Freude an diesem Hörbuch haben. Und wem dieses Hörbuch tatsächlich gefallen hat, der kann gleich mit dem 2. Teil "Song of the Spirit" weitermachen. Der ist genauso gut.

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  • annagraf
  • 28/10/2012

Wundervolle Familiensaga für lange Abende

Nachdem ich schon alle Bücher von Sarah Lark in einem Stück verschlungen habe bin ich froh endlich auf die ungekürzte Hörbuchfassung von ihrem Buch gestoßen zu sein. Die Charaktere entwickeln sich im laufe der Geschichte erst zu Bekannten dann zu Freunden mit denen man zusammen leiden und sich freuen kann. Hoffentlich kommen bald die Folgebücher!
Die Sprecherin habe ich schon bei anderen Hörbüchern kennen gelernt und finde sie auch hier belebend, überzeugend und ansprechend.

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  • Nina Keutler
  • 23/01/2017

nett Geschichte

gut geschrieben, mir war es aber etwas zu viel Handlung. Am Ende waren schon die Enkel da. wäre schöner gewesen mehr zu erfahren, was zwischendrin passiert und nicht andauernd einen Wechsel in der Erzählerperspektive zu haben.