I would not recommend to a friend. There was so much potential for this book. Excellent subject matter! I really had to concentrate to stay interested in the book. It was so dry. I think it could have been terrific if told in the first person by each woman. The things these woman saw was described adequately. What was missing for me was the emotion they felt.
Can you imagine how excited, terrified, liberated, angry, fortunate they must felt? I wanted to hear about how they felt as they saw these things. And they were two totally different woman who had 2 totally different experiences. I could not remember which woman's trip was being told. They both sounded exactly the same, outside of physical location.
Because this story never reached into their brains, I felt bored. It was more of a travel log than a story. I didn't feel any desire to be these woman, know them or lived in the period. To me, that makes a historical novel a success, I should wish I could have been right there. With this book, I just kept checking to see how much time I had left to be done.
I would not have even finished the book except for her pleasant performance.
Yes, it would be better as a movie than it was a book. A director would give the woman some emotion and opinions.
I thought this book was going to be very thought provoking and intimate. I felt like I was reading the diary of a very boring woman. She didn't share any perspective that I found intriguing. She is very cold and uninteresting.
A very drowsy book.
The main character's persona
The narrator that did the voice for Auggie really annoyed me. I would have preferred a normal voice to a pretend little kid voice. She sounded like a baby. It was very distracting.
Overall the book was OK. Not the best YA I've read. There is a good message there. It is not a book that crosses into "So good adults will love it too" in my opinion. For YA it was pretty good. For adults reading YA it was OK.
To be fair, this is not my kind of genre. I think readers who like the Crocodile in the Sandbank or Janet Evanovich would really enjoy this book. I was drawn to it due the era. I have been "trying on" books out of my favorite genre, but from an era I enjoy.
For me, it was charming, but not a book that will stay with me. I certainly did not hate it, but didn't love it. I really appreciated the main character and loved the narration.
She is a great reader. Did an excellent job of changing the character voices without being annoying. Her accent was also charming, like the story.
I would watch it on HBO.
I am sure there is fascinating Hawaiian history to be found in this book. I just could not hear it between all the bitterness of the author.
The only thing that would have made the book worse, would be the author reading it. Oh wait, she did. Monotone and bitter. I can sum up the story in one sentence. Hawaii was ruined by the Christians.
I am not Christian, but I was so irritated by her constant monotone complaining and blaming, that I could not find the story beneath it. Our whole world develops based on choices people make of beliefs (religion) and politics. It has since the beginning of time.
I would had loved to hear about Hawaii's history, including how the missionaries and the natives choice to follow them affected Hawaii. I'll just need to find a more balanced and less monotone author.
I listened all the way until I had 2 hours left, hoping I'd change my mind. Finally threw in the towel. Characters are flat. There could have been a wonderful story and story within the story here, but the author has serious issues with ADD and character development. It read like a textbook. When the plot would finally have a tiny bit of interest, he would jump and I mean jump, not transition, to another character.
As frustrating as Dickens in my mind, but not nearly as humorous. Barely any moments of interest. Only stuck with it so long because my mom insisted I would like it.
Blah. Don't waste your time.
Don't miss this book if you like a good non-fiction story or love reading books about the human side of war. So funny, touching, devastating, inspiring and poignant.
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