Yes, I would recommend it! Admittedly, the story starts out slow, but given a chance, this is truly a romantic story with a soul. Also, the history of our nation at the period of Worl War II is always so interesting, but this is my first experience reading about it from the standpoint of the Chinese and the Japanese.
Kayko and Henry were my top favorites, of course, but the intensity of the relationship between Henry and his parents (and then Henry with his own son) was riveting. Henry's friend is my hero in the story; so strong, yet so quiet, he is the quintesential friend.
No, but I will!
See above note!
The narrator of the book becomes the characters which given the nationality of protagonist is a difficult feat.
The story moves from present time to the WWII era and captures the listener from the beginning. While fictitious the story is obviously well researched and conveys a picture of what must have been a very challenging time in American history. For those of us that only slightly know if the Japanese interment it is certainly enlightening to what the mood of the day must have reflected. Beautiful story,well written and narrated.
I never listen to a story twice no matter how much I've enjoyed it. I like to move on to new stories.
I enjoyed the ties with history that were made in the book.
Don't usually listen to books twice
Work of Amy Tan
Excellent depiction of the all the diverse characters
No one moment
The book moves between two time periods, the second world war and the 1980s, and focuses on Henry as a 12-year-old and then as a 50 something who has just lost his wife. Ford does a great job of drawing the reader into Henry the boy and seeing how he became the man that he did. It is a complicated story of father/son relationship and, most importantly of the internment of Japanese citizens during the second world war. I learned a lot.
That I learned so much about the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II through a well-plotted, well-developed novel.
I can't think of a particular moment--there were many.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone. While not a treasure still a very enjoyable book about a very controversial issue.
I listened to this book because I am interested in this time period and the Japanese internment camps. The story is sweet but does not capture the real feel of what if must have felt like to be imprisoned by your own government.
I had not heard Feodor Chin before but his voice is enjoyable he lent an asian feel. .
A sweet love story but I was not moved to tears by these characters. More of the backstory of Chinese family power would have been interesting and thrilling. The ending was predictable yet sweet and made me wish for a followup book.
I really enjoyed this story - and admittedly didn't know much about this time period or what many of the Japanese-Americans had to endure during and following WWII. As others have mentioned, there are a few glitches that seem to be out of place for one of the time periods (mid 1980s) - however, they are relatively minor and didn't distract from the story. The narrator did a great job switching between the accents in the storylines. Would highly recommend this audiobook.
I found the writing unsophisticated, sentimental and naive. The voice of the 12 yr old protagonist is unrealistic, and I simply could not buy him as a real 12 yr old. The narrator is mediocre, and although his accents are passable I also did not find him at all compelling. I think buying this book is a waste; it's just not very good. If you are looking for a wonderful novel in this realm, buy "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" which is absolutely great on all levels.
I loved the historical awareness of the American cruelty and rasism that this book unvailed for me.
Probably yes since the performance in this case was exceptionally good in my opinion.
The narrator does a great job of taking on the roles of the characters, so that in addition to the author's wonderful portrayal of the characters, we get to know them by their distinctive and realistic voices as well. The performance is not over exaggerated - its cadence is perfect.
The most memorable character is the Henry, of course. I found him compelling because he was believeable and yet outstanding. He was brave in his decisions to act against his father's wishes and willing to suffer the consequences. However, he was also prepared to respect his father's views and wishes. Henry was honorable.
As an historical novel, I learned how difficult the period of WWII was for Japanese immigrants in the USA. I also learned of the virulent hatered many of the Chinese harbored for the Japanese.