I loved the factual basis of the story with characters from the past. Although this is fiction, a great respect was given to historical fact in this novel.
I loved the emotion I felt while listening, I honestly didn't want to stop listening until is was finished!
The character of Henry, the main character for the story was so well portrayed both as a young man and as an older man. The changes in the voice of the reader was done well between male and female, Chinese and Japanese and American characters.
The reader was fantastic!! And the story taught about the history of the times. Being from Spokane, WA............easy to relate to the story on a deeper level.
When the young man did everything he could to find his friend.
I loved the story line. It was very interesting to read about the different cultures and what was happening during the war. I had no idea there were "concentration camps" in the US.
This was a beautiful book and worth every minute!!!
Realistically touching book
Without going into to much detail as to not ruin the story for new readers, I would have to say Henry's second non-sunday visit to Sheldon.
Mr. Okabe. While he has a rather small role in the story he is still a fascinating character that implores understanding and unrivaled moral fiber. Hands down he is who I'd want to talk to as his life and his perspective must be truly captivating. (if the author wrote a book about Mr. Okabe I would read it in a heartbeat)
This book is captivating and memorable. Your heart will stir for many different reasons and while a work of fiction, it touches on real events and very real emotions. Everything about this book is organic in the characters evolution. It provides critical thinking in regards to human emotion and that some actions are not always what they seem or done for malicious reasons. I loved this book and glad my book club picked it out.
This is an enjoyable listen that drew me into the story. Evokes some of the feeling of snow falling on cedars.
The central character and his emotional growth throughout the book brought me into the story
I found myself prolonging my listening sessions just to experience the world of Hotel Bitter and Sweet as it developed.
The mingling of music and love added a dimension to the story. The story works well as an audio book.
yes well written and narrator was super
increased knowledge about how America
It made me realize how unfair we Americans acted towards other Americans
It was a great story of how different races feel towards each other and how time can change that some.
no I have not
Their meetings at the fence and when he would go all the way to the concentration camps to look for her.
The absorbing human story intertwined into the sad history of west coast internment of Japanese citizens.
Henry. The narrator was wonderful, read with great feeling...inflections so authentic.
This is a story which enlightens the reader and portrays a global view of WWII from Asia to Germany.
Definitely. I loved the story. This is a lovely tale about two young adults, from totally different cultures, who find a friendship and understanding in a world turned on end by war. The characters are very likable and the story is quite touching. Not in a mushy Harlequin way, but in a Wow sort of way.
I had no idea when I purchased the book that it took place in Seattle (my home town). I was surprised at how many places are still here today and how many I frequent on a regular basis. I thought I knew my town and our country's history pretty well… I was wrong.
I honestly didn't think I cared for audio books, but the narrator had a way of grabbing and holding my attention. His voice was even, his characters were believable, and he made you like them. I could honestly see each person in the story. I've heard other narrators that just annoyed me, their phony accents, over exaggerated voices, etc.... were too much like a very bad low budget film.
Yes, but I don't want to spoil the tale for anyone else.
I was shocked that the Liberal Seattle I know and love was once very much the opposite. Quite surprising.
Yes, I would recommend it! Admittedly, the story starts out slow, but given a chance, this is truly a romantic story with a soul. Also, the history of our nation at the period of Worl War II is always so interesting, but this is my first experience reading about it from the standpoint of the Chinese and the Japanese.
Kayko and Henry were my top favorites, of course, but the intensity of the relationship between Henry and his parents (and then Henry with his own son) was riveting. Henry's friend is my hero in the story; so strong, yet so quiet, he is the quintesential friend.
No, but I will!
See above note!