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Richmond, CA, USA


  • The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles on Molokai

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Tayman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1866, 12 men and women and one small child were forced aboard a leaky schooner and cast away to a natural prison on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Two weeks later, a dozen others were exiled, and then 40 more, and then 100 more. Tracked by bounty hunters and torn screaming from their families, the luckless were loaded into shipboard cattle stalls and abandoned in a lawless place where brutality held sway. Many did not have leprosy, and most of those who did were not contagious.

    Christine says: "Interesting"
    "Wonderful book, well read."

    I listened to this audiobook after first having read "Holy Man Father Damien of Molokai" by Gavan Daws. Both books are well written and, in the case of "The Colony" is certainly well read by Patrick Lawlor. I have to disagree with earlier reviewers who complained about the quality of Lawlor's narration. I found his reading well paced as well as well modulated, certainly in keeping with the text as it developed. The main focus of the first book, of course, is the work of the Catholic priest (now Saint) Damien De Veusters and his work among lepers in the community of Kalawao which served as the leper colony on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Both books deal with the politics of the Kingdon of Hawaii, especially with the Board of Health as well as with the religious politics affecting the colony on Molokai. The "Colony" initially covers much of the same material, but continues to follow specific cases of Hawaiians as well as non Hawaiians sent to the colony on Molokai up to and through the formal cessation of segregation in 1969 and beyond into the early part of our 21st Century. Taymon describes in telling detail the lives of several key individuals throughout this entire period. I found listening to "The Colony" very rewarding and worthwhile.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anticancer: A New Way of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Servan-Schrieber
    • Narrated By Robert Fass

    When Dr. David Servan-Schreiber was diagnosed with brain cancer, it changed his life. Confronting what medicine knows about illness, the little known workings of the body's natural cancer-fighting capacities, and his own will to live, Servan-Schreiber found himself on a journey from disease and relapse into scientific exploration, and finally to health.

    Gary says: "Must Read for anyone with cancer concerns"
    "Wonderful, Empowering"

    As a brain cancer patient myself, four and a half years post diagnosis and post brain surgery and four years post follow-up chemothyerapy, I found the entire book quite powerfully insightful and enriching. I would certainly recommened it for anyone either going through the trying experiences surrounding the diagnosis and the treatments of cancer personally or responding to the cancer diagnosis of a friend or fsmily member.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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