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Heather

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  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (604)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Wonderful Story but narration too slow"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend reading this story, but not the audible. Although the Hawaiian accent was nice, I found the pace of the narration to be painfully slow. It took much longer to listen to and I ended up buying the hardcover. I usually prefer audible books so this is the only time I've done that. She seemed to struggle with the men's voices as well.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Reliable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Mark Feuerstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

    Richard says: "Intriguing story but only average writing"
    "An intriguing read, but a bit depressing"
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    Story
    What did you like best about A Reliable Wife? What did you like least?

    I liked the ending becuase it was really the only happy moment in the entire book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good ending but too long getting there.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but he dragged a bit. There were many pauses that weren't necessary.


    Do you think A Reliable Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes if it told what happened to them and their baby and if her imaginary garden ever came to fruition.


    Any additional comments?

    It was tough at times to determine who was speaking. There were not enough "he said" or "she said"s. When reading, that may have been more distinguisable by seeing the paragraph indentions. When listening, I got confused by this often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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