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The Descendants | [Kaui Hart Hemmings]

The Descendants

Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.
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Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture starring George Clooney!

Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex, a former model, is a recovering drug addict. His thrill-seeking and high-maintenance wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat racing accident, and will soon be taken off life support.

The King family can hardly picture life without their charismatic mother, but as they come to terms with this tragedy, their sadness is mixed with a sense of freedom that shames them - and spurs them into surprising actions.

©2007 Kaui Hart Hemmings. All rights reserved. (P)2010 BBC America Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Matt's journey with his girls forms the emotional core of this sharply observed, frequently hilarious and intermittently heartbreaking look at a well-meaning but confused father trying to hold together his unconventional family." (Publishers Weekly)

"[An] audaciously comic début novel.... Hemmings channels the voice of her befuddled middle-aged hero with virtuosity, as he teeters between acerbic and sentimental, scoffing at himself even as he grasps for redemption." (The New Yorker)

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    Carol Johnstown, PA, United States 06-07-12
    Carol Johnstown, PA, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Just ok."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. The charcters were not very compelling.


    What was most disappointing about Kaui Hart Hemmings’s story?

    I really didn't grow to like the mother, around whom the plot revolved.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    The father.


    Did The Descendants inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TooSassy1 06-24-12
    TooSassy1 06-24-12
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    "This was made into a movie??? REALLY???"

    I didn't know much about the story line before I read this book, because I wanted to be surprised. I knew it was about a Father's relationship with his children, and that something happened to the wife. I also knew it was made into a movie with George Clooney, so I expected a really good story. NOT!

    I came away with a great sense of sadness, wondering why anyone would even write a book about watching somebody die. I've done that, and it's NOT fun!!!

    I don't think the story really told anything serious about being a Hawaiian Descendent, other than the desire to preserve the State. Kudos for that.

    The growing/bonding experience between the Father and his children could have been stimulated by anything and I think it would have been better. Yes, that part was funny and meaningful.

    I could go on... but I won't. I will NOT recommend the book; and I can only hope the writers REWROTE THE STORY for the movie. There are way too many GOOD stories out there, without going here!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Blake Conrad 05-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautifully written!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is incredibly well written! It is the deep, real, and hearfelt account of a man's journey through all of the changes, thoughts, and feelings surrounding his wife's coma. It definitely has a sad/melancholy tone, however, and you should listen to it in pieces if you are at all susceptible to depression. I listened to it for several hours straight one day and loved it, but found I was in a bit of a funk for a bit afterwards. Lol. That said, the story remains full of hope and promise for the future of the main character and his daughters as they move forward as a family.

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    Amazon Customer 03-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Left me hanging"

    Did not like the way it ended.
    Or maybe it did not download completely. Also, I did not like the way each chapter was began with a quip from the title of the book.

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    Jana 02-25-15
    Jana 02-25-15 Member Since 2011

    I love listening to audio books on my commute to and from work

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    "Great book"

    The book was great, but I was disappointed at the narrators mispronunciation of many of the Hawaiian words and places.

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    Caroline Smith Waialua, Hawaii United States 02-23-15
    Caroline Smith Waialua, Hawaii United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Many words mispronounced"

    So many words we're mispronounced. Couldn't someone have checked on pronunciation of Hawaiian and local words? Has anybody else noticed this?

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    Jeanette Wallace 01-18-15
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    "Not what I expected"

    OK story but wouldn't recommend. I wanted to hear more about the island and the "descendants " not the sad story of a family gone bad.

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    ncmcrae North Carolina 12-31-14
    ncmcrae North Carolina 12-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. The story was fresh and engaging. It was well written and narrated.

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    Mary College Station, TX, United States 12-07-14
    Mary College Station, TX, United States 12-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Weird, but good in the end."

    The details leads you to think it is about some property and all the family. BUT it is really about a man who has 2 daughters and his wife has been in an accident. There is a smaller character who is like a fly in the ointment to the man.. The end brought it all back full circle. I would tell some one else about this book, with a little disclaimer about it. It does have the property coursing through it.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 06-26-14
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "a good stroy"

    First time author, Kaui Hart Hemmings. This book was made into a movie several years ago starring George Clooney. I remembered enjoying the movie and decided to give the book a try. Set in Hawaii it turned out the movie had followed the book pretty closely. At a higher level there was a subplot of an inheritance between family members of an old Hawaiian family. But at its core the story was about a wife/mother that was injured in a boating accident and was in a coma, brain dead and not coming around. The husband/father had to come to terms with it and have his two daughters understand and accept whatt's happening. In the process he bonds with his daughters in a way he never had before. It was the human side of the tale that made this a good story.

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