Loved everything about this book. It grabbed me at the very beginning and I learned so much from it and about Chinese culture. It was happy, sad, poignant and I wanted it to go on and on. Will be looking for something else by this author and contrary to what other reviewers said, I thought the narrator was terrific and part of the reason this book was so RIVETING. I had trouble putting it down and was sad when it was over.
I am a voracious reader and long-time Audible member (2006). My favorite narrators are Simon Vance and Davina Porter.
This book offers an excellent inside look at the class and gender discrimination that pervaded the era. The author did a lovely job of weaving the relationship of the girls into an intimate and heartwrenching story. Some might say that this book is "women's work" and would not be enjoyed by men, but my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it as it passed the time on our daily commute.
I loved this book. I had never heard of this author before and feel very fortunate that I read it. The book exposed a lot of the Chinese traditions. I highly recommend this. The reader was good and very expressive. I will look for more from this author.
A fascinating story about women in China! I knew very little about Chinese culture when I began this book and couldn't believe some of what was said about foot binding. However,when I did some research of my own I found the book was very accurate on that aspect of the story.
I've never read a book where my feelings about the main character changed so completely -- and then changed back. In the end this is a story about the redemptive power of love.
A fascinating listen!
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
Very interesting story about this time period.I didn't love this story but I did find it a very interesting listen.
This was a wonderfully sad tale that enlightens the listener about what it was like to be a women in China.
Queen of UTEE
What a remarkable and beautiful story. You forget for a moment that it is a work of fiction because it could absolutely be 100% true...and, I'm assuming IS based on truth and lots of wonderful research.
The reader is excellent, the story is superb and I was sad when it ended. I must look for other work now from this author.
Listening to the end of this book I was yelling "Who cares?"
I think I am in the minority. I can't believe so many people like this book. I liked the historical information, but the main character goes on and on and on with emotional torment.
I was so glad it was over, I only finished it because it was a selection for book club. If I heard "bed business" one more time, I was going to scream.