I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Yes, in a heartbeat. I found every minute of this book wonderful. At times heartbreaking but always engaging. I followed this family through sad and happy times and cherished the relationship between the two sisters. This book is a wonderful piece that will stay with me for years. It also gave me a wonderful view into Chinese culture that I found fascinating and informative. I had never really understood the Communist scare in the U.S. the way I now do.
Joy Luck Club... a bit. The thing Shanghai Girls had in common with Joy Luck Club was the theme of Chinese culture and the generational thing which is so much a part of that culture.
No I have not, but I would seek out another book written by her.
I cried and laughed throughout the whole book. I found I became very emotional at various points in the book which I would prefer not to reveal so as not to ruin it for someone deciding whether or not to read Shanghai Girls. I am so glad I downloaded this book.
I heartily recommend Shanghai Girls!!
I read and loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by the same author. I remember thinking at the time that Ms. See did a remarkable job of vividly describing the surroundings of her characters, while also making them seem like real and sympathetic people -- people I could almost recognize, despite the time and place of the story. I feel even more strongly about this book. Pearl and May start out as privileged young Chinese women in Shanghai in 1937 and end up 2 decades later in post-World War II California, both - but particularly Pearl - greatly changed. No spoilers here, but I was riveted by the perspective of this story, from China during the Japanese invasion to the Chinatown of Los Angeles before the second world war to Chinese-American life during and after the Communist takeover of mainland China. But the book is not simply a history of this period from the characters' viewpoints. It is also a richly developed character study, with very real dialogue, passions, conflicts and misunderstandings. Janet Song is an excellent reader, with her slight accent and excellent pronunciation of Chinese words. Her steadily prevailing tempo and control is very suggestive of Pearl herself.
This is my 1st Lisa See book and will not be my last. I got to know all the characters so well...it was a book that I was disappointed when it ended. i learned so much about the history of China and its people. The voice of Janet Song, the narrator, was so engaging. I loved this book!
Choreographer, Director, Actor, Dancer, Educator. And lover of audio books! They are theatre for the mind!
For all the lovers of Amy Tan, Lisa See is another great author not to be missed. She is able to paint a picture so clear that I am able to see the world of the Shanghai Girls as if it were my life. Do not believe any one who knocks Janet Song's performance. She has a wonderfully calming voice layered with the knowledge of what it means to be asian american. Her voice captures the struggle of the characters but never gives into it; just as the characters don't let the events of the story defeat them. This book is not to be missed and I hope you take the leap and listen to it like I did.
I enjoyed this book so much!! I love when I come across a book that I cant get enough of. I'm so glad I took a chance on something different then my usual read. This book was so refreshing!! Loved It!!!
I was so hooked I actually bought credits above my membership credits to get the sequel 'Dreams of Joy.' I felt close to the characters, it illuminated 'mother/daughter' relationships and I even learned a little history in an entertaining way. Marvelous story, good narrator, though sometimes her way of reading half a sentence, pause, half a sentence seemed too pronounced. Not enough of a bother to take away a star from this great tale!
The characters are so well developed. Even though they came from a completely different culture I felt I knew each of them. It is an interesting story of the Chinese in America in the mid 20th century.
Have read Lisa See's other books, and this one is also very entertaining. Great reading voice, easy to listen to. The ending was bogus, though - obviously a set up for a sequel, but rather disappointing. Little closure.
I loved the story, especially the historical aspects of it. When I came to the end, I thought I had neglected to download the final chapters. It is obviously a set up for a sequel, which I plan to purchase. I just wish I would have realized beforehand.
I originally purchased this for my mother, and started listening because I didn't have anything else handy. I admit to having a low annoyance threshold for immigrant stories (being second-generation myself, I find it a tired theme), but I found that the book deals gently with a number of themes, all in a delicate balance. The more universal themes of sisterhood and motherhood came very strongly to the forefront. Great listen, believable narration - I was thoroughly drawn in, and eagerly await the sequel.