I got the audio for this book, which my book club was reading, since I was having such a hard time getting into the printed version. I figured if I was captive in a car as I made back to back three hour drives that I would be able to become immersed in the story. Unfortunately that did not prove to be the case. The book is painful - contrived, tedious, flat. I couldn't believe in the narrator at all, and believing in the narrator requires a big buy in from the beginning. The whole thing felt very forced.
I love Amy Tan and this one is excellent. Kinda different but really well done.
Usually I like it when the author reads the story, but not for this book. Amy Tan's attempts at foreign accents were cringeworthy. Amy please stick to writing!
I am an Amy Tan fan, however this book was not one of her best. The plot was unusual, and had great potential, but the end result was less than satisfying. I liken it to a puddle rathan than a lake -- a thousand miles wide and an inch deep. None of the characters were developed sufficiently to cause me to care much about them (or even remember which was which). The three stars are for the innovative plot, and the information gained about Burma that I didn't have before.
Wasted almost four hours of my life, hoping this story would improve. By the time I finally gave up I was completely ambivalent regarding the fate of any of the characters. Don't waste your points.
If you like Amy Tan books you should get this one. I dont think the publishers summary was the best for this particular book. Though this book has a different flavor than most of Amy Tans other books it is still just as good. She is such a good story teller and I thought she was wonderfull narrating this book. It is a good one
I'm an ardent Tan fan.
Too many words at times, not enough magic. A touch of cultural empathy, but not so much as to enlighten. A bit repetitive on the political theme.
Perhaps this audio, read by Tan, didn't work for me- whatever the words. Tan's voice is lovely, but monotonous after awhile. Often too sweet, cloying.
I could not even finish listening to the book, the narrator was so awful.
I would, as long as she has someone else narrate.
Her voice, inflection and intonation were annoying.......I could not focus on the words
I am sure the story is good, I have enjoyed reading her other books.
I might try this book on Kindle........
Amy Tan has a good and timely story to tell. It's just too bad she told it in her own voice. A good agent, manager, publisher or even friend should have told her that her gift is writing, not narrating. Not everyone can be a whiz at both - like Ron McLarty!!!
I didn't have as much trouble understanding Ms. Tan's reading her book as I had trouble following the story. There are *no* chapter breaks or section breaks. I haven't picked up the printed copy to see if it's just one huge streaming paragraph, but the way this book is narrated, I can't help but wonder....
All that being said, I'm having trouble not listening to this book. It's not one of my favorites, but the story is somewhat enjoyable. The characters and who's who are hard to follow sometimes.
Overall not horrible, but the lack of narration breaks is why I'm giving it only 2 stars.