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Summary

In 1607, three ships arrive on the coast of Virginia to establish Jamestown Colony. One girl's life - and the lives of her people - are changed forever.

To Pocahontas and her people, the Tidewater is the rightful home of the Powhatan tribe. To England it is Virginia Territory, fertile with promise, rich with silver and gold. As Jamestown struggles to take root, John Smith knows that the only hope for survival lies with the Powhatan people. He knows, too, that they would rather see the English starve than yield their homeland to invaders. In the midst of this conflict, Pocahontas, the daughter of the great chief, forges an unlikely friendship with Smith. Their bond preserves a wary peace - but control can rest only in one nation's hands. When that peace is broken, Pocahontas must choose between power and servitude - between self and sacrifice - for the sake of her people and her land.

Revised edition: This edition of Tidewater includes editorial revisions.

©2015 Libbie Hawker (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Riveting book

Libbie Hawker has produced a wonderful story about a pivotal time in the history of the settlement of New England.I liked the structure,using the first person voice for each of the main characters,and using s different actors for the parts.I understand the book was written quickly and I think it reflects a refreshing freshness,without in any way detracting from the quality of the writing.Libbie says she would write a sequel in 2016-let's hope she does as I will be one of the first to read it.

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  • Chrissie
  • 12-09-15

Cinematic Myth

This book was JUST OK for me. I will explain why. What irritated me may be exactly what you are looking for.

I am rating the written book, not the audiobook version. I detested the audiobook narration. There are three narrators - Scott Merriman, Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels. Each of these read separate chapters. The chapters switch between those seen from the female Native Americans and Pocahontas, the male Native Americans or the British settlers’ views. The three different narrators each took a different group. The setting is the Jamestown Colony in Virginia, the start date 1607. A six month sojourn in London is also covered. The story continues through Pocahontas' death. There is a "historical note" at the end which consists of words from the author, sources and finally information on what happens to the main characters after Pocahontas' death. The last is read by Angela Dawe. She has the largest portion of the narration. The voices further emphasize the cinematic tone of the lines and events. Many people enjoy such dramatization; I do not. Many want to feel they are at a movie. They like sentimentality and melodrama. I can do without both. In my view the words of the female narrator sounded at times cartoonish! Dawe's narration drove me nuts, but I am not letting this reduce my rating of the book. That I am keeping separate. Unfortunately what I disliked about the book was further exaggerated by the narration.

Now what did I think of the book? There is the writing, the lines, how things are described. Libbie Hawker does a marvelous in describing tribal traditions, customs, clothes, hairstyles, dances, rites, foods. I enjoyed tremendously her use of metaphors. She explains how things happened or looked or were experienced by comparing them to animals and scenery and fauna intrinsic to life there in the wild. To give you a feel, here are a few examples:
-metallic like stars in water
-like an osprey diving
-chatted like a blackbird in a marsh
-it was dark and shiny as a blackbird wing
-like an eddy in the river
These metaphors fit perfectly and thus the reader sees the Native American world as they themselves saw it and experienced it. This was cleverly done.

However, I disliked the dialogs and other than those metaphors the lines are ordinary, excessively action-filled, meant to excite or make you feel sentimental. Childish one minute adult the next. Quite simply, the writing on the whole was without nuance. No adverbs, nope not here! Let me add that at the end in the author's so-called "historical notes", Hawker goes on and on about her talent and speed. She wrote 160.000 words in 119 days.......but I am not impressed. I am really not interested in word counts. I don't value speed over quality. What hubris! She brags of her ability to write and self-publish a book without a high school education. Remember the lack of adverbs?! Well, I believe in education. There is a fundamental difference of opinion between the author and me.

I had another major problem. For the most part the author follows historical events....as they are known. For the most part she works within feasible possibilities, and I am fine with that. However the myth that Pocahontas saved John Smith's life in a dramatic scene is today considered just that, myth, not fact. She admits in the "historical notes" that she chose to stick to the myth even though today it is not considered to be true. I would have preferred that she had woven a story around the truth! On completing the book I was compelled to turn to Wiki to separate fact from fiction.

Concerning the division between fact and fiction - Pocahontas was pubescent when the story unfolds. An alternative explanation for her behavior, rather than Disney's famed love story, is offered by the author. I buy this, except that it is exaggerated. Maybe Pocahontas was quite simply a curious, intelligent child that was drawn in by the events rather than trying to gain influence, recognition and power, which she totally lacked due to her common origin. In her tribe, regardless of the fact that her father was the most powerful chief, she had no status since it was matriarchal in structure.

Well, those were the problems I have had with this novel. Now if you love exciting, cinematic, melodramatic writing based mostly on fact, you may just love this.

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  • Lana Lee Plum
  • 17-02-17

A life of native Americans

This book takes you into the struggle of peoples having their land being stolen from them by invaders from across the sea. This is the story of the girl who tries to understand what is life about and how is her world going to change with the invasion of these strangers. Excellent narration and very enlightening about James Town and John Smith.

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  • HonkyTonkHero
  • 21-06-16

Great job at bringing history to life

I just visited Jamestown and was blown away at all the things I did not know or had poor conceptions about. This story coupled with what I learned from my visit there was a perfect match.

on occasion the discriptive rants were a bit excessive for my liking but they probably did a good job at conveying the spiritual nature.

tough times back then. so hard to imagine but this book does a good job at helping you do that.

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  • Georgia Colton
  • 02-10-16

I loved the story, but

The performance of the reading was great. The story was great. But holy adjectives..... I kept hearing phrases that all started as....,
"Like a ......,... .
Kind of ruined it for me. I felt like counting.

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  • Jake
  • 14-04-16

The Speakers were awful

I have never hated listening to a book more. the male voices were not at all English or Native but they were tolerable. the female voices though!!! the sisters voice is so shrill and the females sound more like your 1990's valley girl...not sure the woman did any research on accents before the performance.

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  • Tamika
  • 25-06-18

Simply Incredibly Written. Wonderfully Performed.

This book was written by a true master of the form...giving hope to us "commoners" everywhere.

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  • Barbara Anderson
  • 11-06-18

The un-Disney-fied version

I am perhaps fortunate in that I have not seen the Disney movie Pocahontas, but of course, I had heard the stories of her and studied her in elementary school. As I grew older, I learned the truth behind these fairy tale versions of historic America.

This book at least accurately follows the timeline of true events in the early days of Jamestown, and the conflicts with the indigenous people of the area. While it is a work of fiction, the historical references led me into a side research journey of whether certain events took place.

The authors use of tribe names, places, and individuals is prolific, but not confusing. I did not particularly care for the voice of two of the narrators, but they nailed pronouncing multi-syllabic words perfectly.

An excellent book, a brilliant authors note at the end.

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  • Gertrude
  • 11-05-18

Pocahontas a renewed version

What and amazing rendition in a novel form.. Libbey had created an interesting version of an old historical story. I didn't want to stop listening and wanted it to go on and on.

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  • C. Munroe
  • 25-03-18

Really good story, tedious metaphor usage.

Author worked too hard in illustrative prosing on, seemingly trying to fill pages. The over description was a distraction from an otherwise interesting story. The author's self praise, in the commentary, was a little too haughty.

It cannot be discounted, however, the story does well in a believable account of the Virgina Company's purpose and the native Americans view point. The conflict that may have existed with each was well presented.

There is a disappointment, omissions exist by the author's choice, in the interest of a lofty artistic flair. She could have fit story omissions if it we're not for the over description of the smallest detail or feelings choosing decriptors for imagery or setting. Thoughtful editing could have kept some, but eliminated others that distracted from the rhythm of the story.

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  • OnyxTortuga
  • 04-10-17

Loved it!

I want MORE! 😲 I adored the story and the voice actors so much it really was well done. I find myself wanting to learn more about Amanuti's descendants as they are in modern day today.