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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (420 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kiana Davenport Narrator: Gabrielle de Cuir Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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In the last innocent days of pre-World War II Honolulu, two people meet almost by chance: Keo, a gifted jazz trumpeter native to the islands, and Sunny, a fiercely independent beauty of Hawaiian and Korean heritage. As their love grows, youth and ambition propel them into a world that is spiraling into madness. From New Orleans to Paris to Shanghai, through the horrors of Pearl Harbor, Nazi occupation in Europe, Japanese prison camps, and beyond to Hawaii's struggle toward statehood, Song of the Exile paints a mesmerizing portrait of a people and their history. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val Wilkerson | 2/19/2014

    " Incredible read about the "comfort women" of WW2 whom I had never even been aware of. An incredible novel which weaves the history and culture of Hawaii into a truly captivating story. Kiana Davenport paints a picture of hawaii with her words that puts you right there with the wonderful smells of the island and the smiles of her people. I will be looking for other reads by Kiana for sure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Bowker | 2/17/2014

    " If it's about Hawaii it has to be great :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 2/17/2014

    " Keo is a self-taught Hawaian musician. Sunny is his soul mate. Starting in the early 1930s, this story follows their journey to New Orleans, Paris, and Shanghai where they are separated by WW2. It tells the horror of the interment camps, and the even greater horror of the largely untold story of the Japanese comfort women. From Shanghai and Rabaul, it travels back to Honolulu where redemption of a kind is found. Beautifully written, mythic and epic in quality. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/15/2014

    " an important part of the ww2 story, that is left out. the story of women held as sex slaves for the japanese, and also of hawaii'n indigenous struggles. one could also read 'shark dialogues' as the 2 are connected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 2/14/2014

    " It's been awhile since I read Shark Dialogues, and I'd forgotten the sensual Hawaiian-ness in Davenport's writing style. Every one of the senses is wide awake and open to a deep experience of the physical world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Davenport | 2/4/2014

    " World War 2 from a perspective entirely new to me. Good storytelling along the way. I mentally file this one near Casablanca. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/22/2014

    " This is a haunting, yet previously untold story of WWII heartache. Its scenes have stayed with me now for five years. They're simply too gripping to forget. Not for the faint of heart, but a truly poignant tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 1/20/2014

    " This is a good story with good characters. It's historical fiction about Hawaii and World War 2. However, it dragged in parts, and I didn't like the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelani | 12/31/2013

    " Interesting, captivating, but not as drawing as Shark Dialogues "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 11/25/2013

    " Excellent book about an educated women from Hawaii who goes to China at the wrong time - during WWII. Sad parts but very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suvi | 11/24/2013

    " Touching story about love and finding it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 11/17/2013

    " The characters are so real. The joy, the sorrows, the friendships are wonderfully described. This is the first book that's given me a glimpse into the suffering of certain women in WW II. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Potje | 11/16/2013

    " I liked it. Very strong writing about WW2 and Pearl Harbor. Set in Oahu, Hawaii. Gruesome details of prisoner of war camps. Poetic writing of nature, hawaiian culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 11/13/2013

    " Poeticly written and emotionally jarring, this book opened my eyes to a horror of WW2 left out of the history books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 11/6/2013

    " Best novel I have read since Dog Boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayle | 5/26/2013

    " A hard to read story of the abuse women was subjected to in World War II. Very sad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue (booknbeachbag) | 4/26/2013

    " A very difficult book to read. Lots of horrific WWIi stories, things I'd never been aware of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hakija | 4/23/2013

    " I do not like to read fictional books, but this book is so realistic that it will make the hair stand on the back of your neck more than dozen times while reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/9/2013

    " i read this after reading House of Many Gods...really enjoy Kiana's writing..not only because the stories are mostly set in Hawaii, she uses Hawaiian words/phrases as well as pidgin..i still have to read her 1st novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 9/7/2012

    " Wonderful writing that engages all your senses. Tragic story about young women the Japanese kidnapped and used as sex slaves in all the territories they invaded during WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/17/2012

    " The One Where the strong-willed girl and the trumpet player begin in 1930's Honolulu, and discover love, loss, and triumph. Educational immersion into the cultures of jazz musicians, the Japanese side of WWII, all that was Shanghai then, and the horrors that so-called Comfort Women endured. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 3/4/2012

    " Beautifully written, will haunt you for a long time. Read a number of years ago in my book group and parts of this book still pop up in my head on occasion. Great for book group discussion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna | 2/27/2012

    " This is a love story between a musician and a woman who becomes enslaved as a comfort woman for the Japanese during World War II. What Sunny has to go through is sad, depressing, and, at times, just plain sick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viki | 12/5/2011

    " Epic, haunting, educational! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gidget442002 | 9/27/2011

    " Not as interesting as her other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 8/18/2011

    " This book was amazing. Heart breaking, captivating...so beautifully written. I can't wait to read her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 7/12/2011

    " I learned about this book while working in a community college writing lab. Students were writing about this book and talking about how good it was, so I decided to read it myself. I was not disappointed. Excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 4/27/2011

    " Best novel I have read since Dog Boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/18/2010

    " Wonderful writing that engages all your senses. Tragic story about young women the Japanese kidnapped and used as sex slaves in all the territories they invaded during WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia Ann | 11/8/2010

    " Great story...after recently reading Molaki´, I learned
    more about Hawaiian culture and history. Takes place
    around World WarII...Love, hopes and dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/23/2010

    " The One Where the strong-willed girl and the trumpet player begin in 1930's Honolulu, and discover love, loss, and triumph. Educational immersion into the cultures of jazz musicians, the Japanese side of WWII, all that was Shanghai then, and the horrors that so-called Comfort Women endured. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 7/13/2010

    " Fabulous book. Teaches you so much about so many cultures and worlds. Touches on music world, hawaiian life, world war 2 camps, germans, love, family. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 10/5/2009

    " Fascinating, but extremely sad book about Hawaii during the 30's-WWII and the Japanese camps/women prisoners of southeast Asia. Emotionally overwhelming, it stays with you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 9/4/2009

    " This is one of the most beautiful but difficult books to read.....her prose reads like poetry and the historical information contained in the plot is well researched and heartbreaking.....one of my top 10 favorite books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 5/24/2009

    " This book was amazing. Heart breaking, captivating...so beautifully written. I can't wait to read her other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade | 4/14/2009

    " This is one of my favorite all time books. It is an epic story of Hawaiian culture, music of the jazz age, world war two and the horrors of war. My only complaint is that it could have two volumes to accommadate the huge story to the fullest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayle | 1/31/2009

    " A hard to read story of the abuse women was subjected to in World War II. Very sad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hakija | 12/15/2008

    " I do not like to read fictional books, but this book is so realistic that it will make the hair stand on the back of your neck more than dozen times while reading. "

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