Yes, I plan on listening to it again. We are going to Hawaii for Christams and I wanted to listen to a fiction book that took place there. It was a good book, performed very well and gave me some history in an entertaining way.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
I would put it in the top five for sure.
I'm not sure there is one I would compare it to. I gave it a try because of the setting and feeling nostalgic for the years I spent in Hawaii.
She was the perfect narrator. I loved listening to her speak Hawaiian.
I laughed and I cried more than once. I wish I could have listened to the story all at once but there was no way to do that. It was just so engrossing that one had to take a break now and then!
This was an unexpected jewel as far as books go. I do like historical fiction in general but I'm usually leaning more towards European history but I am so glad I gave this story a shot!
Yes. The book is quite touching and the writing is good. The narration is very good as well.
The expansive exploration of hard human emotions while keeping the rhythm
The native touch
I did! No details, though. Sorry! :)
While the form is quite classical, the writer managed to keep a good grip on me and have me enjoy the novel. He managed as well to keep the structure from sagging despite the long timeline he is dealing with.
Hawaiis Leprosy history
The depth of character
Her vocals and accent were perfect for this story
I love a story with a little history
Yes, for the history as well as the experience. I only give 5-star ratings to books that I will read again. This is one of them.
When Rachel met her sister.
Rachel meets her daughter.
Rachel meets her daughter.
This book is a straightforward story of a number of human lives caught up in a situation that is unfair and unavoidable. It's a beautiful read, an emotional experience, yes, even at times a tear-jerker.
This poignant tale of a young Hawaiian girl during the turn of the 19th century is well told by Allan Brennert, and I might add, well read by Anne Miyamoto. I had the privilege of visiting Kalaupapa in the late 1950s as an entertainer. Brennert's narrative is so evocative of that lonely place, that I was swept back there and relived the hours that I spent in the colony. We were truly separated from the patients at every level, but the warmth of the people minimized the uneasiness that I felt being there among them.
Brennant's story is very typical of how people were treated in those days. I thoroughlly enjoyed following Rachel as she grew from a frightened child into a mature woman, and felt her pain as she dealt with the problems of being ripped away from her family and thrown into a strange, forboding place, finding then losing loved ones, and the bittersweetness of finding a child that was taken from her at birth because she was infected
Alan Brennert's research of the time period, and the way he wove the events of the day into her story was heartwrenching real. I could hear the collective "Auwe" at the news of the king's death, and at her leaving Oahu for Moloka`i.
Anne Noelani's narration is better than any other reader's attempt at pronouncing the Hawaiian language. She is definitely familiar with island speech and inflection, however, there were a few words that were strangely pronounced. Kaiwi is pronounced ka-EE-vee, not KYE-vee. In spite of those little gafs, I did enjoy listening to the book very much. As a matter of fact, I am listening to it once again.
Although Mr. Brennant has another book on audible (Honolulu), I have decided not to get it. Another islander has reviewed that book and had the same pronounciation problem. It is very off-putting. However, if you are NOT familiar with the Hawaiian language, you might try his other book (Honolulu) if his story telling style is as good there as it is in this book, Moloka`i. I definitely will read the hard copy, instead.
Learning the history of this Hawaiian Island from a completely different perspective.
That there was always light in the heaviness of the subject matter, that the light was matter of fact.
She really captured the vocal nuances and character of the Hawaiin people, very authentic. The book was so well read/narrated/acted, that I was completely engrossed.
Rachael the main character, because she accepted what was and made a life and family for herself without self pity. She was consistent, determined, and compassionate.
This book is great way to learn the history of this island it tells story of a sad and dark time, but mixes it with love, laughter, perseverance, and utimately triumph, to build the story of the island, and it's residents history.
Ms. Miyamoto did a nice job
While well researched, it was history 'light' and too sweet for my taste.
The Hawaiian accent
I will attempt to return this as I stopped listening 10 minutes into Part 2 I only lasted that long to give it a chance.
It would make a good Hallmark movie.
This was my favorite book so far, it is a sweet, funny, sad and inspirational.
I really enjoyed Rachael, she was funny, smart and very strong. She took a tragic situation and turned it into an adventure.
Anne's performance was amazing and brought the book to life. All the characters were great.
There are many that stand out, Papa was warm and supportive.
I really loved this book and will recommend it to my friends and family.
I loved that they used a Hawaiian to narate this story. Going in and out of Pigeon talk is great. I also love how she changes character voices and her inflection is great. This story is about Hawaii's leper colony after Father Damien had passed. It has a few mentioning of the overthrow of Queen Lilio'ukalani and referenced the death of King Kalakoua. It is really good and I recommend it to those who love all things Hawaiian.