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Publisher's Summary

The saga of a land from the time when the volcanic islands rose out of the sea to the decade in which they become the 50th state. Michener uses individuals' experiences to symbolize the struggle of the various races to establish themselves in the islands.
©2017 James A. Michener (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"One novel you must not miss! A tremendous work from every point of view - thrilling, exciting, lusty, vivid, stupendous." ( Chicago Tribune)
"From Michener's devotion to the islands, he has written a monumental chronicle of Hawaii, an extraordinary and fascinating novel." ( Saturday Review)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Donna L. Leary on 05-16-18

Much to My Surprise, I Really Liked It

I have an Audible monthly membership, but to tell the truth, I don't really enjoy it. I keep it and get at least one book per month because I have a long commute. Having something to listen to makes the commuting easier. However, even if I like a story, I am often thrown off by the narration. It rattles me when a male narrator tries to mimic female voices and vice versa. It sounds so fake that it distracts me.

In the case of Hawaii by Michener, I truly enjoyed the narration by Larry McKeever, no jarring false voices. Besides that, I enjoyed Michener's concept of stories within at story, telling of the original Polynesian settlers, the New England missionaries, through WWII and beyond. Of Michener's books, I have only read Iberia, which is basically a non-fiction travel diary. Since I have lived in Spain twice, I was, of course, very interested.

Besides, what a bargain. 51 hours of narration for just one Audible credit! That filled a lot of commute time in a very enjoyable way.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Snoogee on 11-05-17

A Fabulous Read!

This is an amazing story. I was captivated with every word. One of a very few books that I will enjoy again.

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