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Moloka’i

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2003 Alan Brennert (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Compellingly original … Brennert’s compassion makes Rachel a memorable character, and his smooth storytelling vividly brings early twentieth-century Hawaii to life.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Claire Encinitas, CA, United States 11-22-12
    Claire Encinitas, CA, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story with a history lesson"
    If you could sum up Moloka’i in three words, what would they be?

    Hawaiis Leprosy history


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of character


    Have you listened to any of Anne Noelani Miyamoto’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Her vocals and accent were perfect for this story


    Any additional comments?

    I love a story with a little history

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    GrumpyOldMan 11-19-12
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    "Wonderful Book!"
    Would you listen to Moloka’i again? Why?

    Yes, for the history as well as the experience. I only give 5-star ratings to books that I will read again. This is one of them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moloka’i?

    When Rachel met her sister.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rachel meets her daughter.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Rachel meets her daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a straightforward story of a number of human lives caught up in a situation that is unfair and unavoidable. It's a beautiful read, an emotional experience, yes, even at times a tear-jerker.

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    Novie E. Lee 11-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow! Comparable to Michener--well done!"

    This poignant tale of a young Hawaiian girl during the turn of the 19th century is well told by Allan Brennert, and I might add, well read by Anne Miyamoto. I had the privilege of visiting Kalaupapa in the late 1950s as an entertainer. Brennert's narrative is so evocative of that lonely place, that I was swept back there and relived the hours that I spent in the colony. We were truly separated from the patients at every level, but the warmth of the people minimized the uneasiness that I felt being there among them.

    Brennant's story is very typical of how people were treated in those days. I thoroughlly enjoyed following Rachel as she grew from a frightened child into a mature woman, and felt her pain as she dealt with the problems of being ripped away from her family and thrown into a strange, forboding place, finding then losing loved ones, and the bittersweetness of finding a child that was taken from her at birth because she was infected

    Alan Brennert's research of the time period, and the way he wove the events of the day into her story was heartwrenching real. I could hear the collective "Auwe" at the news of the king's death, and at her leaving Oahu for Moloka`i.

    Anne Noelani's narration is better than any other reader's attempt at pronouncing the Hawaiian language. She is definitely familiar with island speech and inflection, however, there were a few words that were strangely pronounced. Kaiwi is pronounced ka-EE-vee, not KYE-vee. In spite of those little gafs, I did enjoy listening to the book very much. As a matter of fact, I am listening to it once again.

    Although Mr. Brennant has another book on audible (Honolulu), I have decided not to get it. Another islander has reviewed that book and had the same pronounciation problem. It is very off-putting. However, if you are NOT familiar with the Hawaiian language, you might try his other book (Honolulu) if his story telling style is as good there as it is in this book, Moloka`i. I definitely will read the hard copy, instead.

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    Marge LA JOLLA, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Marge LA JOLLA, CA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator spoke the nuances of the Hawaiian Nature"
    What did you love best about Moloka’i?

    Learning the history of this Hawaiian Island from a completely different perspective.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That there was always light in the heaviness of the subject matter, that the light was matter of fact.


    What about Anne Noelani Miyamoto’s performance did you like?

    She really captured the vocal nuances and character of the Hawaiin people, very authentic. The book was so well read/narrated/acted, that I was completely engrossed.


    Who was the most memorable character of Moloka’i and why?

    Rachael the main character, because she accepted what was and made a life and family for herself without self pity. She was consistent, determined, and compassionate.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great way to learn the history of this island it tells story of a sad and dark time, but mixes it with love, laughter, perseverance, and utimately triumph, to build the story of the island, and it's residents history.

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    Autodidact New York 11-07-12
    Autodidact New York 11-07-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Excellent for pre-teen or teen"
    Would you try another book from Alan Brennert and/or Anne Noelani Miyamoto?

    Ms. Miyamoto did a nice job


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Brennert? Why or why not?

    While well researched, it was history 'light' and too sweet for my taste.


    What does Anne Noelani Miyamoto bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Hawaiian accent


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I will attempt to return this as I stopped listening 10 minutes into Part 2 I only lasted that long to give it a chance.
    It would make a good Hallmark movie.

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    R. Banks 11-04-12
    R. Banks 11-04-12
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    "Excellent Story"
    Where does Moloka’i rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my favorite book so far, it is a sweet, funny, sad and inspirational.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed Rachael, she was funny, smart and very strong. She took a tragic situation and turned it into an adventure.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Noelani Miyamoto – was your favorite?

    Anne's performance was amazing and brought the book to life. All the characters were great.


    Who was the most memorable character of Moloka’i and why?

    There are many that stand out, Papa was warm and supportive.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book and will recommend it to my friends and family.

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    Lorna Cocoa, FL, United States 10-30-12
    Lorna Cocoa, FL, United States 10-30-12
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    "Stories of Hawaii always pleasing to me"
    What made the experience of listening to Moloka’i the most enjoyable?

    I loved that they used a Hawaiian to narate this story. Going in and out of Pigeon talk is great. I also love how she changes character voices and her inflection is great. This story is about Hawaii's leper colony after Father Damien had passed. It has a few mentioning of the overthrow of Queen Lilio'ukalani and referenced the death of King Kalakoua. It is really good and I recommend it to those who love all things Hawaiian.


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    Beth 10-30-12
    Beth 10-30-12
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    "This one definitely makes my list of favorites!!"

    In one word: Wow!! What an amazingly well-written story. An excellent narration by Anne Miyamoto.

    Heartbreaking separation, tragic loss and a chronic disfiguring illness all beautifully, and touchingly, interlaced with warmth, tenderness, love, compassion, forgiveness and most importantly, happiness!!! Happiness is a choice you make. Happiness is something you can have inspite of the circumstance of life.

    This book definitely makes my list of favorites.

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    Misty TULSA, OK, United States 10-29-12
    Misty TULSA, OK, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful but.."
    Would you listen to Moloka’i again? Why?

    Yes. Simply put, it was an interesting account of what seemed to be a very real person reacting to a very harsh reality.


    What does Anne Noelani Miyamoto bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Miyamoto's accent added a sense of reality ot the book that I'd have missed by just reading it. I felt more drawn into what was happening by this accent and by her clever reading of an already interesting tale.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were several parts that made me sniffle, definitely, though I can't spoil the book for others by explaining them. Most of this book sparks a strong emotional response.


    Any additional comments?

    Throughout Moloka'i, you get a sense of how strong these characters are. Though the story its self is fictionalized, these characters come to life within it. You feel for their pain, and experience their joys for the rare treasures they are. The setting was once real and the horrors faced by these people are pretty accurately sympathized by this narration.

    I'm not very good at expressing just how awesome this book is, but if you're willing to give it a shot, you won't be disappointed. The only part I disliked about this book was how fast you were taken through the life of the main character. One moment, she's a little girl, the next a teenager, and the next a grown woman. You're taken through an entire lifespan in a few short chapters, it seems, and I would have loved to explore a more complete telling of her life. Making this book longer would not have been a bad thing, by any stretch. Unlike some others, I didn't find the pacing slow at all. If anything, it was too rapid.

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    Kat MD 10-25-12
    Kat MD 10-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Plan a Trip to Moloka'i"

    Moloka'i is a beautiful and haunting novel. At times the pace was slow, but I really enjoyed hearing Rachel's entire life story.

    Anne Noelani Miyamoto was the perfect narrator for this book - I was transported back to the Hawaiian islands. Her voice made me want to never leave the leper island.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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