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Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Sarah Vowell, John Slattery, Paul Rudd, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, Catherine Keener, Edward Norton, Keanu Reeves, Maya Rudolph

History • 7.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2011

Historian Sarah Vowell serves up the story of the "cultural collision between native Hawaiians and New Englanders" with a fresh perspective on the Americanization of Hawaii and the events leading to its annexation in 1898. New England missionaries arrived in 1820, and events led to the overthrowing of the Hawaiian queen and the eventual annexation coup, replete with imperialistic overtones. Vowell speaks conversationally with her distinctive pitch and unhurried pacing, her voice laced with irony, wry insights, and humor. Her performance enables the listener to savor each witticism and striking analogy. She’s joined by nine other performers, who animate the pungent historical quotes. Vowell is a master of blending current culture and personal anecdotes with historical details. Smart, informative, and colorful, this shrewd contemplation of Hawaii and the demise of its people's ancient customs is truly memorable. A.W Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2011]



Trade Ed. • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2011

CD ISBN 9781442337299 $29.99 • Seven CDs

DD ISBN 9781442337305 $17.95


Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2011

CD ISBN 9781449847944 $72.75 • Six CDs

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