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.
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.