I liked Molokai`i mostly because I was interested in the story and curious about what life in Hawaii's leper colony would have been like. The author does a wonderful job making the characters come alive and I found myself almost forgetting that it was fiction. Ms Miyamoto does a wonderful job narrating the story in many true Hawaiian voices. This might get annoying to some listeners but I found it helpful and realistic.
I didn't find anything riveting or captivating here. A third of the story could have been clipped. This was way too long.. The whole thing just "missed the mark." Based on the tragedies that befell Rachel, I should have cared a lot more than I did. Overall, the author failed to bond me with her central character. Narration was excellent.
I never plan on listening to any of my books again and then, as I am scrolling through my library, I see a title that I listened to a few years back and once again I am drawn to it. I am sure this will be one such book.
When she heard her daughters voice on the phone, very emotional.
The gentleness of her voice, very easy to listen to. It was listening to the sample she read that convinced me to purchase this book.
I love this title so I can't think of one that would be better.
YES, purchase this book! I almost didn't. I put in on my wish list and thought several times about whether to purchase it or not. I wasn't sure if I wanted to hear about the pain and suffering I knew in this book but I was drawn in by the cover as well as the title, then I listened to the sample and that convinced me. I am so glad I did! This story took me so many places in my head and my heart.
in the top 10
learning about the Islands of Hawaii and the course of leprosy
The first few chapters were read as if to a child. But just before it became too annoying, she began reading it in an adult voice. I especially enjoyed her pronunciations of the Hawaiian words.
A must read. Could not stop listening till it wad done. Heart gripping.
Moloka'í her courage.
Her out smarting the man who enslaved her.
Buy it you won't be sorry!
No, not unless they have a real curiosity about the leprosy camps.
Cut way back on all the anecdotal fill, like the prolonged accounts of the Hawaiian gods.
You really got to know the characters especially Rachel of course.
Description of lives on Molokai.
Rachel of course
When Rachel and her husband have to give their daughter up for adoption and later when Rachel and Ruth reunite.
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. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).
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.