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Publisher's Summary

On a January afternoon in 1893, men hunkered down behind sandbagged emplacements in the streets of Honolulu, with rifles, machine guns, and cannon ready to open fire. Troops and police loyal to the queen of the sovereign nation of Hawaii faced off against a small number of rebel Honolulu businessmen - American, British, German, and Australian. In between them stood hundreds of heavily armed United States sailors and marines. Just after 2:00 p.m., the first shot was fired, and a military coup began. This is the true, tragic, and at times amazing story of the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii and her government. It's also the story of a five-year police state regime in Hawaii following the overthrow, an attempted counter-coup by Hawaiians in 1895, and of how Hawaii became a United States possession.

In Taking Hawaii, award-winning author Stephen Dando-Collins (Standing Bear Is a Person, Legions of Rome, Tycoon's War) reveals previously little-known facts uncovered during years of research on several continents, in the most dramatic and comprehensive chronicle of the end of Hawaii's monarchy ever published. Using scores of firsthand accounts, this often minute-by-minute narrative also shows for the first time how the queen's overthrow teetered on a knife's edge, only to come about purely through bluff.

Taking Hawaii plays out like an exciting novel, yet this tale of a grab for power, of misjudgment and injustice, truly took place. Judge for yourself whether you think the queen of Hawaii was wronged, or was wrong.

©2012 Stephen Dando-Collins, This edition published in 2014 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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An Excellent Piece of Writing Ruined by Narration

This exhaustively researched history should be mandatory reading for all Americans, especially those who travel to or live temporarily in Hawaii.

Whomever is responsible for the selection of the narrator should be fired. Apparently the only requirement for the job was to be an Australian, presumably to make the narration more "authentic" since the author is an Aussie. I would have added other qualifications, such as a demonstrated familiarity with the English language, a work ethic that included rehearsals, and the lack of a speech impediment. Audible owes anyone who purchased this version an apology and a free replacement.

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Great information but terrible narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I just moved to Hawaii and noticed the museums have a very biased view of the taking of Hawaii. I bought this book to hear the Hawaiian side of the story. It's a well written and engaging book full of well-researched facts. I highly recommend except for the narrator. Not only does he mispronounce common Hawaiian names and words, like Kamehameha and haole but he mispronounces them differently and inconsistently. He's really awful and it takes away from the story. He's so poor I would recommend reading this book rather than listening to it. It's sad this wasn't caught.

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Started out interesting and then went on and on...

Would you try another book from Stephen Dando-Collins and/or David Franklin?

yes, I would be willing to try another book. This book started out interesting because narration was good and it had some historical tidbits. At some point, about 7 hours into the book, it sounded like the same topic regardless of what chapter I was on. Another 3 hour setup to explain how they were going to overthrow the Hawaiian leader. It was endless chatter amongst the characters being portrayed. Too much character development and scene descriptions and not enough factual information.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Dando-Collins again?

yes, if the topic was one I was interested in.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Franklin’s performances?

yes, narration was fine but it was the script/book that was too much about nothing. I came away with a few facts and hours of listening to characters talk too much.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

good intentions and first few chapters were informative but half way through I felt like I was trapped at a cocktail party with someone who was giving me details about what her cousin was wearing but all I asked was "what does your cousin do?" Lots of information but wrong answer.

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Totally Unacceptable Narration

2017 October 20 Friday 22:38 Honolulu (UTC -10:00)

This is too important a book to have it ruined by a narrator without a clue.

Not only does David Franklin badly mispronounce most Hawaiian words, he sometimes alternates between various mispronunciations of the same word, including the name of Hawaii’s most important historical personality, Kamehameha The Great.

Shame, shame, shame, on Audible Studios, which claims to take care of their authors. They absolutely did NOT take care of Stephen Dando-Collins by issuing this pathetic travesty and laughing stock of a most important work.

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Informative

What would have made Taking Hawaii better?

Reader without an accent.

Has Taking Hawaii turned you off from other books in this genre?

I wont'.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Franklin’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It answered my question about how the US stole Hawaii and how white men perceive their power over non-whites and women.

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  • 02-06-15

Very interesting

A very good book about an event in history I was unaware of. Well written and detailed.

The reader was ok, but he does tend to pause mid sentence.....a lot!!! It is very off putting and counts for the 3 stars.