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Moloka’i Audiobook

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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    LaLaLucy 12-07-15
    LaLaLucy 12-07-15

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    "Halley's, not Haley's, comet"

    The name of the comet is Halley. Think of Halle Berry's name. I did enjoy the pronunciation of the Hawaiian words!

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    Trooston 10-31-15
    Trooston 10-31-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Better in audio with Hawaiian words"

    This was so much better in audio than readi g because the narrator was Hawaiian and could pronounce all the Hawaiian words. Her voices and inflections made it hard to put down.

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    Mandy 06-07-15
    Mandy 06-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    Excellent - read it twice, 3 years apart and loved it better the second time because I also visited Kalaupapa at that time. Especially great to listen to the Hawaiian narrator and correct pronunciation.

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    Julie Ann Schneider 02-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting"

    really liked the narrator's voice. so much happened in this book, some expected, others a real twist to the story. kept it interesting! I really enjoyed it!

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    Ronald Sekkel 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "From one who visited The colony in 1968"

    I visited the colony in 1968 after reading Hawaii by James Michener. I was intrigued by my visit but this novel fills in the additional magnitude of the feelings of those who were the residents. I highly recommend this book .... Wonderfully done!!

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    Carole 02-20-15
    Carole 02-20-15 Member Since 2008

    My family is first. Secondly, I play golf with my friends and hike with a book.

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    "Charmingly tragic"

    How can so much bad luck develop into graceful love? Rachel's story is astonishing in its symphony of horrifying events - each beyond her control.
    The story is well done and the facts interesting. Our narrator was inconsistent; sometimes on point of voice and character, but stilted and reedy during narration.
    Moloka'i was an island of mistaken decisions and choked with sadness, but the author highlights the love and life that survived disease and prejudice.
    I found this book to be so engaging that I was transported to Hawaii for hours. I highly recommend the book and the author. Four stars for the narration only because compared to the outstanding narration of other titles, this reader is lacking polish. (Keep at it, narrator!)

    I'm going on the listen to "The Colony" next.

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    P. Gardiner United States 01-07-15
    P. Gardiner United States 01-07-15

    connoisseur of fine honey

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    "Excellent Read!"

    The story kept me so interested that I had a hard time taking a break. There's a lot of ground covered in this book and yet the author weaves it all together in the last chapters. The ending is beautifully done

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 10-26-14
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 10-26-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Best in a Long Time"

    Lately I have been going through a dry spell of books I have not really enjoyed. My book club chose this title and despite the good reviews, I was reluctant. The story was interesting from the start. Narration was superb with a talented inclusion of accents and differentiation between characters. We follow Rachel through the normal up's and down's of anyone's life. Hers were, of course, slightly different than usual but there is the story. She was separated from family at an early age but connected with others soon after. When that connection was lost, other loved ones filled her life. She had teenage rebelliousness. She sought out love an had some failures. She married and had a child. Her husband died. And she continued on to fulfill her dreams that she had held on to through it all. I didn't want it to end but when it did, I was satisfied. I look forward to reading additional works by Mr. Brennert.

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    Annette Smith 08-31-14
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    "Beautiful story"
    What did you love best about Moloka’i?

    I loved the characters in this book, they were well written. The descriptions of the Hawaiian Islands made it very easy to imagine I was there.


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

    The story was beautifully read.


    If you could rename Moloka’i, what would you call it?

    Tragedy in Paradise


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    Candace 07-02-14
    Candace 07-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Characters I Loved"
    Would you listen to Moloka’i again? Why?

    I learned about a place and time I previously had very little awareness of. It was the easiest kind of learning because of the beautiful story.


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