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Moloka’i Audiobook

Moloka’i

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.
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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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    menary kitchen 09-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "i was amazed that i had never heard of this book"
    Would you listen to Moloka’i again? Why?

    yes. i am sure that i missed a lot in the read. it was an enjoyable listen


    What other book might you compare Moloka’i to and why?

    "cutting for stone". because it is the story of a treacherous life that could have been depressing but isnt


    Which scene was your favorite?

    yes


    If you could take any character from Moloka’i out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    rachel was humorous and positive and talented and ambitious and loveable and ...etc


    Any additional comments?

    i am surprised that i had never heard of this story before. it was very well written and obviously researched. not only did i enjoy the story extremely, but feel well enlightened on our nations history

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri 09-21-12
    Sheri 09-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Intriguing, Insightful. A listen worth your credit"
    Where does Moloka’i rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It seems I've been on a dry stretch of trying to find a book that would really capture my interest lately. Moloka'i has it!! I learned a lot, the characters were realistic and memorable and the historical research was remarkably well done and yet easily transposed into a great plot about the history leprosy colony off main land Hawaii.


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

    A narrator who obviously has the knowledge of Hawaii and its language and traditions only adds to the enjoyment of this listen.


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    LH huddleston, VA, United States 04-30-12
    LH huddleston, VA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderfully written book"
    If you could sum up Moloka’i in three words, what would they be?

    Alan Brennert is an wonderful writer. In Moloka'i, he will bring you to tears as he weaves this heart breaking story. Most of the characters are well developed. His description of the Island of Moloka'i doing this period is excellent. This is a book that will remain with you forever.


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

    Her pronunciation of the Hawaian words and names was invaluable


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

    This is an extremely sad book that will bring the strongest to tears


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    Amazon Customer California 04-27-12
    Amazon Customer California 04-27-12 Member Since 2004

    Author, Raising Baby Green

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    "Beautiful & Haunting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I cried every time I listened, and yet I couldn't stop listening. I cared so deeply about these characters.


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    Lorie Fort Myers, FL, United States 01-31-12
    Lorie Fort Myers, FL, United States 01-31-12
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    "A Must"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a great story and you really fell the pain and life that the people had to live.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was read to you by a local. It made you feel the pain and the joy. I spent 8 years in Hawaii and you could picture what and where they were. It was told very well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are too many to pick just one. When the girls went to the party, then surfing


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

    Rachael ! You watched her go from a young girl happy to being cast off to becoming a women and then meeting her daughter and the end


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    Beverly Chandler, AZ, United States 10-22-11
    Beverly Chandler, AZ, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Sad when I finished it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to my family and friends. I enjoyed a peek at history when listening to this book. So much I did not know


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

    Yes - wonderful


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    catherine berkeley, CA, United States 03-19-11
    catherine berkeley, CA, United States 03-19-11
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    "ouch"

    Somewhat historically intersting, but poorly written and predictable. Characters are one dimensional, no depth at all.

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    thaitiger77 AUSTIN, TX, United States 02-18-11
    thaitiger77 AUSTIN, TX, United States 02-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Good Story..."

    ... just a little slow. The style in which the book is written is pretty slow. The author takes way too long to explain some things while grossly under explaining pivotal moments in the story. The narration was a little slow as well.

    Book Pros: It was chock full of history about leprosy and the story line was enjoyable, you really get to know and like all of the characters.

    I would recommend the book but be prepared for the authors writing style.

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    Mary Rancho Cordova, CA, United States 03-15-13
    Mary Rancho Cordova, CA, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Gentle and powerful story of survival."

    A life long journey full of characters, experiences, sorrows, joys. Rachel and her story drew me in and held me through to the end. Not a frivolous story and historically fascinating. Well written and well narrated.

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    Betsy brooklyn, NY 10-03-12
    Betsy brooklyn, NY 10-03-12 Member Since 2015

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "Hunanizes Hanson's deisease. Well done."

    Legends and stories of old Hawaii artfully woven into the plot. Main character is thoroughly developed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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