I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I don't usually go for high literature or drama, but I am trying to expand my horizons. This book has some beautiful prose, and a moving story with characters that you can care about.
This wonderful story was made even better by the perfect performance of Mr. Heald. Probably the best audiobook performance I've ever heard; he captured the characters and the mood with precision.
The upside to a two-hour a day commute - listening to the books I never had the time or inclination to read when I was younger! I usually prefer non-fiction. I think what drew me to this story was how oddly relevant it is - though it took place in such a different time and place. The choices we make regarding family and work, the priorities we set, and life being passed from one generation to the next. Both the writing and the narration were a joy.
I'm a retired mental health professional now I make jewelry while listening to audio books. I live in the NW corner of the contenent.
I really enjoyed this book. I do think would make a great movie and I like the title.
I'm a visual artist. I listen as I work. I'd love to connect to listeners w similar tastes so I can cont. to discover great reads. Cheers!
Long, dull, and astonishingly repetitious- the only thing that got me through this was the reader. I am astonished at the accolades this book received. I appreciate that Buck told a historical fiction story well enough to allow us a window into another place and time. I rejoice for all female firsts, as Buck was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature. But does anyone find her recognition painfully ironic given that even the voice of the author agrees with this place and time's horrible degradation and perceived worthlessness of women? I found that (no matter how accepted it was in her time) really tough to endure. History and unpleasantries aside, there was but one character I came to care for and wished to know more of as the hours droned on, and it was by no means the protagonist. Sadly it was not the author, either. There was no character arc, no climax, and seemingly no end.
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
This book was excellent. The story was incredible & the performance was perfect & easy to listen to. Initially, I wasn't sure where the story was going; then it occurred to me it didn't have to "go" anywhere. It was just a story about a Chinese man & his life. While it was very well written, at first I was sure that if I was trying to read it (rather than listen) I would quit because it is written somewhat simply. However I came to realize that is part of the beauty of this book. The end makes it seem as though there is a sequel....I hope so!