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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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    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 05-23-13
    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Book about an often feared disease"

    I visit a leper colony in Central Asia every week and have made many friends there. It is sad to see that even today that Hansen's disease is so misunderstood. I thought this book was well written and captured a lot of the emotional, mental and physical suffering that people affected by Hansen's Disease suffer. I hope this book will help the public understand the disease more. I enjoyed learning about Hawaiian culture too and I thought the narrator did an excellent job with the different voices.

    My next few sentences include a SPOILER so please don't read further if you have yet to listen to the audiobook! SPOILER: I was happy that in the end of the book that Rachel was able to meet her daughter and develop a relationship with her as well as with her siblings that were still alive. I only wish more of my friends with Hansen's Disease had such happy endings! I did think it odd that Sister Katherine just disappears at the end of the book and we don't know what happened to her.

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    Jennifer Garcia Los Angeles, CA USA 04-13-13
    Jennifer Garcia Los Angeles, CA USA 04-13-13 Member Since 2017

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    "Amazing, heartbreaking and wistful story!"

    Mr. Brennert did not disappoint with this book. After reading his book, Honolulu and falling in love with his story telling, I had to read this book. I must say that it is one of the most depressing books I have ever read. BUT it was also one of the most captivating and I did find myself laughing often as well.

    The book set in the time of the late 19th century and 20th century is about leprosy. His fictional character, Rachel just captured me from word one and we get to see her all through her life as a leper. She was taken away from her family and sent to Moloka'i with so many struggles and losses that it's amazing she even survived. Mr. Brennert created such a strong woman and with so many opportunities and reasons to give up, she never did. She appreciated the good in her life and used that to go on. There were also so many other incredible characters that became such a wonderful part of Rachel's life and I loved them all.

    I have to tell you that I cried, I mean literally bawled my eyes out during 99% of the book. Some were happy tears, but I have to say that most were sad tears. So, if you need a good cry, read this book. Even if you don't and you are brave enough to endure the pain of Rachel, I insist you read this story. My love of historical novels and Hawaii in general truly made this book an enjoyable and interesting history lesson.

    Mr. Brennert truly has a way with story telling and the way he weaves his words. He deserves everyone of those 5 stars. This was an amazing read and I recommend it highly!

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    Amazon Customer PARK CITY, UT, US 03-18-13
    Amazon Customer PARK CITY, UT, US 03-18-13
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    "Interesting Story"

    I liked Molokai`i mostly because I was interested in the story and curious about what life in Hawaii's leper colony would have been like. The author does a wonderful job making the characters come alive and I found myself almost forgetting that it was fiction. Ms Miyamoto does a wonderful job narrating the story in many true Hawaiian voices. This might get annoying to some listeners but I found it helpful and realistic.

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    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 03-18-13
    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    I didn't find anything riveting or captivating here. A third of the story could have been clipped. This was way too long.. The whole thing just "missed the mark." Based on the tragedies that befell Rachel, I should have cared a lot more than I did. Overall, the author failed to bond me with her central character. Narration was excellent.

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    Norma Gustafson McPherson, Kansas, US 02-11-13
    Norma Gustafson McPherson, Kansas, US 02-11-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Read this!"
    Would you listen to Moloka’i again? Why?

    I never plan on listening to any of my books again and then, as I am scrolling through my library, I see a title that I listened to a few years back and once again I am drawn to it. I am sure this will be one such book.


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

    When she heard her daughters voice on the phone, very emotional.


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

    The gentleness of her voice, very easy to listen to. It was listening to the sample she read that convinced me to purchase this book.


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

    I love this title so I can't think of one that would be better.


    Any additional comments?

    YES, purchase this book! I almost didn't. I put in on my wish list and thought several times about whether to purchase it or not. I wasn't sure if I wanted to hear about the pain and suffering I knew in this book but I was drawn in by the cover as well as the title, then I listened to the sample and that convinced me. I am so glad I did! This story took me so many places in my head and my heart.

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    caroline atlanta, GA, United States 01-03-13
    caroline atlanta, GA, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting story"
    Where does Moloka’i rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    learning about the Islands of Hawaii and the course of leprosy


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The first few chapters were read as if to a child. But just before it became too annoying, she began reading it in an adult voice. I especially enjoyed her pronunciations of the Hawaiian words.


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    Janet RALEIGH, NC, United States 12-28-12
    Janet RALEIGH, NC, United States 12-28-12
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    "Loved this book"
    If you could sum up Moloka’i in three words, what would they be?

    A must read. Could not stop listening till it wad done. Heart gripping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moloka'í her courage.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her out smarting the man who enslaved her.


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

    Courageous Moloka'í


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it you won't be sorry!

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    Duane M. Schroeder Indiana 12-19-12
    Duane M. Schroeder Indiana 12-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice historical account but lacking..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not unless they have a real curiosity about the leprosy camps.


    What could Alan Brennert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut way back on all the anecdotal fill, like the prolonged accounts of the Hawaiian gods.


    Do you think Moloka’i needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


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    Lea SHELL LAKE, WI, United States 12-16-12
    Lea SHELL LAKE, WI, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sweeping saga of a little known (to me) culture"
    What made the experience of listening to Moloka’i the most enjoyable?

    You really got to know the characters especially Rachel of course.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Description of lives on Molokai.


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

    Rachel of course


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

    When Rachel and her husband have to give their daughter up for adoption and later when Rachel and Ruth reunite.


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    Kari 12-06-12
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    "A little slow to start - but very engaging."
    Would you listen to Moloka’i again? Why?

    Yes, I plan on listening to it again. We are going to Hawaii for Christams and I wanted to listen to a fiction book that took place there. It was a good book, performed very well and gave me some history in an entertaining way.


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