Many people have seen the beautiful movie Whale Rider, but like most of them, I hadn't had a chance to read Witi Ihimaera's stunning book. I've loved Ihimaera's writing for decades now, and the smooth, lyrical story telling of his young adult novel is more proof of his mastery.
Jay Laga'aia, Donovan Bixley (Illustrator).
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Narrator: Jay Laga'aia. Moving effortlessly between mythology and realism, pathos and comedy, The Whale Rider will delight readers of all ages. Since its publication in 1987, The Whale Rider has been reprinted numerous times and has become one of Witi Ihimaera's best-loved books. He teaches English and creative writing at the University of Auckland.
Book by Witi Ihimaera. Audiobook Narrator: Jay Laga'aia. Length: 3 hour 40 min. Release Date: 08-JUL-05. Download Now View Coupon.
Written by Witi Ihimaera, Audiobook narrated by Jay Laga'aia. The classic book that inspired the award-winning, internationally released film Whale Rider, winner of Best Film at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and 2004 Academy Awards Best Actress nomination for Keisha Castle-Hughes. Eight-year-old Kahu craves her great-grandfather's love and attention. But he's focused in his duties as Chief, in a tribe that claims decent from the legendary "whale rider". A male has always inherited the title of Chief, but now there is no male heir. There's only Kahu, and her great-grandfather sees no use for a girl. Kahu will not be ignored
New Zealander Jay Laga’aia effortlessly navigates the Maori names, facilitating the listener’s entrance into another culture. His pacing is confident, and his inflections, though sometimes a bit comical for the women, allow for easy differentiation among characters. Laga’aia’s narration acts as a guide as the story’s characters move from traditional beliefs to new awareness. The audio is instrumental in proving that even with such a wonderful movie, the book is better.
Written by Witi Ihimaera, narrated by Jay Laga'aia. There's only Kahu, and her great-grandfather sees no use for a girl
The Whale Rider (2003). A friend recommended this to me a few years ago and so finally I pulled it off my bookshelf and read it and after such a long time of being embedded in bricks, or books that I wasn’t particularly taken with, The Whale Rider felt like a breath of fresh sea ai. himaera chose to tell the story not from Kahu’s.