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The Color of Air

By: Gail Tsukiyama
Narrated by: Brian Nishii,Natalie Naudus
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Women of the Silk and The Samurai's Garden comes a gorgeous and evocative historical novel about a Japanese-American family set against the backdrop of Hawai’i's sugar plantations.

Daniel Abe, a young doctor in Chicago, is finally coming back to Hawai'i. He has his own reason for returning to his childhood home, but it is not to revisit the past, unlike his Uncle Koji. Koji lives with the memories of Daniel’s mother, Mariko, the love of his life, and the scars of a life hard-lived. He can’t wait to see Daniel, who he’s always thought of as a son, but he knows the time has come to tell him the truth about his mother, and his father. But Daniel’s arrival coincides with the awakening of the Mauna Loa volcano, and its dangerous path toward their village stirs both new and long ago passions in their community.

Alternating between past and present - from the day of the volcano eruption in 1935 to decades prior - The Color of Air interweaves the stories of Daniel, Koji, and Mariko to create a rich, vibrant, bittersweet chorus that celebrates their lifelong bond to one other and to their immigrant community. As Mauna Loa threatens their lives and livelihoods, it also unearths long held secrets simmering below the surface that meld past and present, revealing a path forward for them all. 

©2020 Gail Tsukiyama (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Beautiful, just beautiful!

Narration was fantastic. The nuanced expressions took me right to Hilo Town! Beautifully written story!

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Listening to this story is an experience of being there...in the community, with the characters, in that time. You really care about them .

Wonderful narration as well.

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Very good

This was a very nice book to listen to. It definitely kept my interest until the end! Thank you

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Really enjoyable easy listening

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and it was easy to listen to. I loved the tone of the book and narration—rather than feeling like there are so many details to keep track of, it felt like I was in the stories of the lives of the characters.

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It was okay ...

Narrator's voice was soothing.
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Details about the Hilo area were a bit "off" so it became hard to relate to a sense of place.

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Such a long wait for such a disappointing book

Male Narration is awful, even when something exciting happens- albeit rare, narrator sounds bored and sleepy. Returned it