If you are going to narrate a story that is of another culture, and infused with that culture's language, then make sure you can pronounce each and every word perfectly. Christine Padovan's heavy, sonorous reading made me cringe. Each last word of every sentence was drug out and said in a lower tone, making the whole thing sound like a dirge. It was like listening to one finger poi, thick and sticky in the ears. The language, the 'olelo of the islands is beautifully lilting. Her mangling of it made my ears hurt. I am so sorry, but Linda Ballou, if you're going to write a story of my home and people, then have a person who can speak the language read it properly. Have you ever seen a hyphenated Hawaiian word? Wai-Nani? And why would Wainani describe Makaha's skin as 'almond colored'? Really? Last I checked, there are no almond trees back home, and none that were there pre-European contact. Right up there with 'Hawaiian Pizza'. Folks, don't waste your money/credit. If you want to hear Hawaiian spoken well, listen to the beautiful music, the mele of artists like the Brothers Cazimero, Gabby Pahinui, Amy Gilliom, George Helm and many more. Then read the stories and ledgends as written by our King David Kalakaua.
If she didn't want to do this well.....
Her. voice. is. so. droning. it. made. me. think. a. root. canal. would. be. more. lively. If you can't study the language of the book, and pronounce it correctly, then pass on the job. We have only 13 alphabets in our language. Nuances mean everything!
No fair asking hard questions.
I wonder what it would be like have a local, native speaking islander from Hawai'i reading this book. Call Emma Veary or Nina Keali'iwahamana. THEN it would be worth something.
A very balanced and in depth biography without the myths and sensationalism.
There were many points of Ms. Monroe's life that I learned about that made this book important to me as it dispelled the rumours and tabloidism surrounding this icon who justsimply wanted to be a woman who was loved for herself and her God given talent.
Ms. Fields voice was the least favorite part of the book for me. I didn't expect characterizations or anything of that sort. I just didn't care for the sound.
This book is 22+ hours, so no, I wouldn't want to listen to it all at once. There is a lot to digest as far as factual info, i.e. addresses, side bars, etc., but it is all relevant, and builds to make the listener really feel what made Norma Jean into Marilyn Monroe.
I had never read a bio on Ms. Monroe, but am watching SMASH on TV and wanted to know more about the facts of her life. She was a determined, smart, kind, generous soul who was not cared for by herself or those she trusted. I will watch her movies again with a deeper appreciation. God Bless you Norma Jean.
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