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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James D. Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781470355296
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Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp—with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton twirling lessons and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the nation’s #1 hit: “Don’t Fence Me In.”

Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family’s attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention … and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina Tedpaogo | 2/18/2014

    " Whether it's redundant or not, people need to be aware of their history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Fujita | 2/16/2014

    " The reason for the three stars is because it is mostly descriptive, and thus an excellent research book, when doing "empirical" research on the evacuation and internment of Japanese-Americans during WW II. However, I was expecting more emotions, and what the author was feeling emotionally, or I wanted the author to get into the minds of her parents and their thoughts. It is an important book, because it was one of, if not the first, book to talk about the internment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilona | 2/11/2014

    " I'm reading this for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 2/9/2014

    " This book is a must read for all school kids; probably at middle school age. Story of a girl whose family were taken to the internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. What this country did breaks my heart and it is (sadly) not taught in schools. Why is it that we can't admit that we were cruel to the Japanese Americans -- or, for that matter, that we raped, pillaged & murdered thousands of Native Americans? I thought this book was very good, and it's written for middle school students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine Li | 2/7/2014

    " reading this for school "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/24/2014

    " I give it 4 stars for the content and 3 stars for writing/editing. I wish Jeanne had not jumped around so much in her story. I enjoyed the book and feel I learned a lot from it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tess | 1/22/2014

    " Because I had a specific amount of time to read this book I didn't get to read it the same way I would when I read for fun. I didn't like this book that much. It was a touching story and it gave me some perspective of what had happened in Pearl Harbor and the Japanese sent there but at times it was confusing and I didn't understand it. I think Houston explained more about how she transitioned from being a student at school to a woman with an American husband and children it would have made more sense. Overall it was ok but by far it wasn't a favorite book of mine or the best that I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chloe | 1/18/2014

    " It was okay...kind of a different perspective compared to the last japanese internment book I read. I was expecting a very easy reading level, like Journey to Topaz, but it was more complicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelie | 1/16/2014

    " Farewell To Manzanar....A brilliant memoir of a eleven year-old girl's experience interned in a concentration camp. The events she remembered...the way she remembered....that was just so amazing. This is not exactly a spoiler, but for those of you who have read it, my favorite scene was the one where Jeanne's mother smashes the dishes. This scene was so lovely. The mental state that her mother went into to smash the dishes, all of that insult, that was so amazing. Amazing writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lopez | 1/14/2014

    " I recommend this book is full of history. the real story of many Japanese people and how they were treatened by the American Goverment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penni | 1/11/2014

    " I loved it but my aunt wrote it and it's fascinating to read a book about your family's history "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 1/10/2014

    " This book was okay, I read it for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/8/2014

    " This book is a true story from the life of the author who lived through the Japanese American internment. The book is short but detailed and makes you sad all over again. The one thing that bugged me was that it was not always historically accurate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ericâ–² | 1/5/2014

    " IF you like books about prejudice, this book is for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Mateo | 12/21/2013

    " This was an enjoyable read for me, particularly since I vistied Manzanar a few years ago and studied it during my California History class a few semesters before my visit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/11/2013

    " This book read fast, was very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 11/1/2013

    " Use with Japanese-American Internment Unit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Miller | 10/12/2013

    " This was a chilling recollection of the treatment of the Japanese during ww2 in our country. it is a sad piece of American history that we should learn from and not be forgotten. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krishna | 10/3/2013

    " Forced to read this in 8th grade. I don't think anything I read in 8th grade is going to get more than 2-3 stars. And I'm sorry for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Imani | 9/4/2013

    " This is for my summer reading. I HAVEN'T completed any of it yet, but I will as soon as I get all three of my books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 8/2/2013

    " This is my son's summer reading book. This is a sad memoir of an ugly time in America's history. A coming-of-age account of a young girl's formative years spent in Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marcos | 7/16/2013

    " I prefer Julie Otsuka's "When the Emperor was Divine" to this. But it's straightforwardly told. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 6/7/2013

    " I was a little let down. I was expecting to learn more about the camps, but instead learned more about the author. I didn't feel like the story flowed very well and was not looking forward to reading more at anytime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd Settimo | 4/28/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. While I already knew the history of the internment of the Japanese during WWII, this book showed me what it was like from the inside. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 4/3/2013

    " A must read for all Americans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teve Cameron | 3/29/2013

    " A very important book to help us understand a period of time during WWII that we as Americans can not be too proud of. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tahnee Saxton | 2/4/2013

    " I fell asleep multiple times... "

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About the Narrator

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates.