I read Shoal of Time and then listened to this to learn more about Hawaiian history from two perspectives. This book seemed well researched but is unliked by many kama'aina. All the timeline connections and references really helped. I always zoned out in history class - who knew there was a big land grab of the Phillipines, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Cuba in 1898. I am glad I own it so I can listen again; too much in one pass to absorb. The sarcastic wit kept my attention enough to mostly overlook the bit grating timbre in Sara's voice. I recommend it.
Listening to the story was far more interesting than reading it. And it was a rare instance where experiencing the book first really added depth when watching the movie. Pi's inner thoughts and coping strategies really came through in listening to the story - the insight, and ironic deadpan (or was it cerebral) humor added a layer I just didn't get in written or visual forms. I really recommend this version.
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