• Princess Ka'iulani

  • Hope of a Nation, Heart of a People
  • By: Sharon Linnea
  • Narrated by: Jessica Schell
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On March 1, 1893, Princess Ka’iulani, the 17-year-old crown princess of Hawaii, stepped onto the pier at New York City. She was greeted by a crowd of reporters and onlookers who knew that, in many ways, she stood at a crossroads in history. Fully aware of the significance of her visit, she prayed that she could help persuade the American government to return her beautiful islands to the Hawaiian people.

This biography tells the fascinating and little-known story of Princess Ka’iulani’s life and courageous fight for Hawaiian independence. Using many newly translated journals and letters, Sharon Linnéa introduces young listeners to the most beloved figure in Hawaiian history and one of America’s most overlooked Christian heroines.

©1999 William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (P)2019 William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

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Excellent!

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A very moving history of Hawaii and the greed that progressively diminished its importance as told through respected correspondence and newspaper accounts from well over a century ago. But most importantly it is a tribute to the young princess who accomplished much in her short life and why her memory is still important all these years later.
I won this audiobook in a giveaway, but it's certainly worth the money if I had known about it.
Almost forgot to mention that narrator Jessica Schell was wonderful!

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Wonderful!

I didn't know if would be able to get into this book but I was very pleasantly surprised. I was leery it might be dry and slow but it is so well written that it flowed easily and was quite interesting. Princess Ka’iulani was a beautiful person, and made me think of Princess Diana the way she treated others. I was saddened at the end of the story, although I obviously knew she died. I cant imagine the loss everyone must have felt at that time. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Enjoyed this book!

After reading the books description I thought it would be interesting, and I was right. I enjoyed learning about Princess Ka'iulani, Hawiian history and culture.

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Perfect!

When I thirst contemplated reading this book it was because I had no idea Hawaii had royalty and that included Hawaiian royalty and Anglo-Saxon royalty. Even though that is lost to us due to the greed that’s still a lot of traditions across the world I am so glad someone decided to write it down for history sake. I found this book interesting I found the history of HawaiiVery interesting and the taking over of Hawaii was the same old same old. With greedy U.S politicians wanting something they did nothing to deserve. did they are. I digress though this is a great book and I found it very interesting the whole thing from beginning to end I loved itvtime. I didn’t know they even had royalty before reading the story now it makes me sad that that is something else lost to history.

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Th life of Princess Ka'iulani

Beautifully written story of the life of Hawaii's most beloved Princess. The narration left a lot to be desired. It sounded like she was reading to a children's class, complete with trying to change her voice to mimic characters in the book. I found it very distracting after awhile and unnecessary. It also would have been nice if she had used the correct pronounciation of many of the Hawaiian names and words that were used.

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Very interesting

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. I have not finished to book yet, but already I’ve learned so much! I had no idea how the monarchy in Hawaii worked and the history of the islands. Many actual letters and reports are incorporated into this book. This book is well written and interesting.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Jessica Schell ) and I would listen to another. She did well reading this content. She does have a style that pauses within sentences and puts emphasis on words that aren’t typical.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • 02-03-20

Little borring

Wanted to know omething about Hawaii history. Was a bit bored withe the story and didn't like the narration.