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Honolulu | [Alan Brennert]

Honolulu

Set in the 1920s and 1930s, Honolulu explores the stark contrast between the image of the glamorous Hawaiian paradise portrayed to the mainland and the harsh reality of life on the island. With characters as vivid and richly descriptive as the history of Hawaii itself, this novel is sure to enthrall listeners.
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Alan Brennert blends history and fiction to showcase Hawaii's dynamic past in this captivating novel.

Set in the 1920s and 1930s, Honolulu explores the stark contrast between the image of the glamorous Hawaiian paradise portrayed to the mainland and the harsh reality of life on the island. With characters as vivid and richly descriptive as the history of Hawaii itself, this novel is sure to enthrall listeners.

©2009 Alan Brennert; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Misti 09-05-14
    Misti 09-05-14
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    "Love this book"
    Would you listen to Honolulu again? Why?

    Yes, I own the paperback version of the book but its great to walk and listen to it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gem


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    Vanda F. Wadsworth 04-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Educational, enjoyable, and entertaining."

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. However, because of the cover picture I assumed it was about a nightclub performer and probably would not have read it if my daughter hadn't recommended it. I'm glad she did.
    To me, the title, "Honolulu," is a bit misleading. As one reader suggested, "The Picture Brides" would be a more descriptive title. I loved reading about the courageous Korean picture brides and their part in Hawaiian history.
    Ali Ahn's voice was so perfect I didn't let a few mispronunciations bother me.
    I would highly recommend this book.

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    Sally Farrington High Sierras 08-20-13
    Sally Farrington High Sierras 08-20-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Lovely story. Distracting narrator."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a book - yes. As an audiobook no. I was constantly irritated by the mispronunciation of the Hawaiian (both traditional and pidgin) languages. I was distracted from the story many times trying to place locations she was referring to - Punahou, Palama, Ewa to name just a few. It may be a good read for those not familiar to the language. I am 4th generation 'haole' from Hawaii and so love our 'chop suey' population, but there is even a great distinction between the native Hawaiian language and our local pidgin, neither spoken well in this audiobook.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Absolutely not.


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    Kirsten WASILLA, AK, United States 08-05-13
    Kirsten WASILLA, AK, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Glad to be Born in the Modern Era!"

    Given that I did not have access to the book in hard bound cover, as I was listening to this I began to think that is was written as a true story that bordered on historical fact and story together.
    The was extremely well written and the author did a fantastic job of depicting the lives of various characters that lived during that time frame. Thus, making me exceptionally glad that I was born in the modern time and in the US. To be Korean woman in the early 1900's definitely had its undue hardships towards the feminine. The excess of values that they held so dearly with their views are certainly ones that would not be tolerated in today's world.
    This books moves along very quickly and continuously sparks ones emotions as the different events happen. Be prepared to listen and enjoy all the different emotions that pass through as you hear each event and imagine yourself in her shoes. I also now have a better concept of why some of the different cultures also have a lack of tolerance with each other and why.
    Well done and highly recommended!

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    robineiko 07-05-13
    robineiko 07-05-13
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    "Terrible mispronunciation = awful audiobook!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book was an exercise in torture. I quit after the first half having tried to give the book a fair listen. I give up!
    I have never written a review for audible.com before, but was so turned off by awful narration performed by Ali Ahn, who did not take the time or effort to learn how to correctly pronounce common Hawaiian names and words. What disrespect!
    It turned a very good story into an exercise of "wait, WHAT did she say?" moment, kind of like taking a lovely stroll in the historic section of Hawai'i and oh no, stepping in a pile of dog stuff! And it kept happening over and over again.
    As reviewer "Jeffrey" wrote, Ahn's mangled Hawai'ian was very distracting throughout the entire novel and made me wonder who is to blame for allowing Audible to destroy an otherwise well-written story. History came alive and then was bombed to pieces every time Ahn opened her mouth to say "Ha-na-LU-u", "Awa", "WahiAwa" and other horrid approximations of common Hawai'ian places.
    If you think that mispronouncing common Hawai'ian names and words is not disrespectful and lazy on the part of the narrator then I can refer you to some other ghastly examples produced by Audible which you will probably enjoy.
    But "Honolulu" one was the worst by far!
    I was thinking of listening to "Molokai'i" but am going to take a break from audible books for now. At least in print, I don't have to listen to someone like Ali Ahn ruin a good book!


    Do you think Honolulu needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Just a new narrator!


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    LH huddleston, VA, United States 03-05-13
    LH huddleston, VA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book but not as good as Maloka'i"
    What did you love best about Honolulu?

    I love Historical Fiction and Honolulu brought to light a little know history of Hawaii in the late 19th and early 20th century.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I felt that the middle and end of the book were too long. I felt that the book should have ended long before it did. I felt that the end was wrapped up too perfectly.


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    Nancy United States 06-12-12
    Nancy United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The best book I've read all year!"
    Would you listen to Honolulu again? Why?

    Joyful, heart wrenching, and historical, with a view into a culture unimagined before my reading of this compelling tale.


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    Janet 05-29-12
    Janet 05-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not your typical postcard of Hawii"

    The heart warming/breaking story tells of the journey of Jen from Korea to a Hawii in the early 1900's. It is a Hawii most of us are not familair with at all. The characters are well written and the story very moving. Honolulu is caught up in racial and social prejudices that are hard to over come by oneself. This story is about the need for family and community.

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    Cheryl United States 02-06-12
    Cheryl United States 02-06-12
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    "Love love love"

    I think this was a great book. I leasoned to it on my 9 he drive to WI. It made 9 hr seem like 2. Loved it

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    Amazon Customer 08-24-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful "read.""

    I really enjoyed listening to Honolulu. Ali Ahn was great at narrating the story and the book as a whole was facinating. I loved it! I am looking forward to listening to Molokai by the same author.

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