This was one of the most predictable stories of all time, despite all outrageous odds the main character conquers all adversity and realizes her dream. If you are looking for a thought provoking book, this isn't it. If you are looking for entertainment, this isn't it. If you are looking for inspiration, this isn't it. I can't even give points to the reader. Sorry to be so negative, but I selected this book based on positive reviews and was very disappointed, so I would like to save other readers from this trite and tired story.
Girl in Translation is a wonderful story and I thought the narrator did an excellent job. Highly recommend.
Very sympathetic story of a Chinese girl immigrating and achieving against incredible odds. The prose is a little simplistic, but perhaps it is intentional. The narrator did a good job with the voices.
It was a light read with very intriguing topics of Chinese culture and life as an asian American. Was the quickest I ever listened to a book!
The insights into the Chinese culture and customs..and the difficulties of surviving on the edge of extreme poverty.
The Fortunate Pilgrim, an early book by Mario Puzo - another book about the immigrant experience. Not as popular a read but a great story.
Kimberly, the main character and best delineated by both the performance and the author.
It ranks up there with other stories I've read recently depicting typical and devastating life situations and circumstances of ordinary people just struggling to survive. I've read several books about Asian women both historical and contemporary in their homelands and as immigrants to the United States.
This books gives great insight into life as a garment worker and as a non-english speaking immigrant. The conditions many are forced to cope with while they attempt to successfully assimilate into a casual US culture so very different from their own. The standards to which these culture rich people aspire to, ones I grew up with, but sadly reflecting just how standards have degraded in this country and modern society today. Especially white, anglo saxon America.
The superb capability of giving the listener great insight into the cadence of language as spoken by Asians.
Welcome to America, you are on your own.
The Asian accent used by the reader.
Her use of an Asian accent was a little off putting.
This is an immigrant coming of age story about a young girl named Kimberly Chang who emigrates to America from Hong Kong with her mother and lives a dual life of brilliant student and exploited factory girl living in horrible conditions in Brooklyn. I’m not completely sure why I didn’t bond with this book, but I suspect it has something to do with the fact that many of the problems in Kimberly’s life could have been avoided had she just talked to someone! This drives me nuts in characters, and it annoyed me to no end in this book. However, if you enjoy immigrant stories, this might right up your alley. I read that the author immigrated to America as a young girl so I suspect much of book is based on her own experiences.