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What made the experience of listening to Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i the most enjoyable?
Listening to the audiobook while following along with my Kindle copy, lazing along the shore in Maui.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i?
There are so many! Wai-nani swimming with her dolphin friends to escape her father's wrath and meet the love of her life on another island. Wai-nani eating a 'kapu' banana. Wai-nani coming out of the ocean, naked - and the villagers couldn't believe she swam all those miles to get there from another island, thinking she was a god!
The story is full of so many great moments - I loved every minute of it :-)
Have you listened to any of Christine Padovan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Knowing the narrator's other works, I found out she was directed to be more 'dramatic' with her read than she normally would be. The story itself is written very poetic, and sometimes sentences are just flowery language to describe a scene - and two sentences may not follow a particular thought process.
That being said, I always enjoy Ms. Padovan's vocal tones and thought even with the direction given, she did a wonderful job. I would have preferred if she had been allowed to narrate with less drama and let the words speak for themselves though.
Any additional comments?
The author who is normally a travel writer did a great job researching Hawaiian history and culture, and putting it all together as a fictional story.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I'm so glad this beautiful story is now Whispersync'ed! You really need to buy the audiobook with the ebook/Kindle version and follow along to really understand all the Hawaiian words and what they mean. The author tends to either use a Hawaiian word to describe children ('keiki') or uses the English word.
Also, it makes it easier to understand if the Hawaiian word is a place, a person or something else.
It is an amazing, lovely written story - I learned so much about Hawaiian culture, superstitions and folklore (and some historical points too). I highly recommend getting it - but get both together for the best experience!
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