Really enjoyed it. Took me awhile to get used to the narraration. But after listening to Shanghai Girls had to listen to this book. Even though Joy made stupid decisions throughout the book I enjoyed this sequel and had a hard time putting it down. But I highly recommend the first book before reading this one.
I expected much less. Kept moving. Personal insight universal. Sequel equal or surpassed original. Excellent.
listened to this on my way to and from work, the story line is great, and the mother and daughter dynamic really reflect may, joy, and pearl... how fate is intertwined and how the bond of mothers, sisters, and daughters are so so strong. Janet song is a great performer.
I had read Shanghai girls and loved the story of strong women making positive changes in their life and overcoming many trials, but this book is so …. Stupid, for lack of a better word. Joy is stupid and makes stupid decisions. It is frustrating to listen to her continue to be stubborn and make stupid mistakes. It was not worth the time and I wish I had never bought it. It was a waste of my money.
Way, way up there!
It was so realistic but unpredictable.
Personality, flavor, accents. She is fantastic at making it real and keeping the reader entertained.
In these present times when I take for granted the surplus of food and the daily struggle to not ingest too many calories, it is good to be reminded of true hunger and the survival it entails. I appreciate Lisa See's books since every one has been an eye opener to a way of life completely alien to my own. They are travel logs to Chinese history in perfect story form. The insights are as equally strong as the story line, which are solidly and smoothly integrated.
Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.
I really enjoyed "Shanghai Girls" and this was a great ending to a great story. The characters come full circle in this book. The story also gives a vivid look at the beginnings of communist China. Beautiful story of the relationships between mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters, great loves, lost loves, and new loves.
I think a bit of a retrospective would help those who haven't read the other books.
Life and Death in Shanghai.
No I didn't think she did it as well as she did with the other 2 books.
I think it was worth it to me because I am going to China next week and needed a refresher on Mao.
This is a sequel to Shanghai Girls. It is almost an essential read because Shanghai Girls leaves the story open.
Overall, this is very depressing. Communism taking over China and the abuse of the original idea.
But it is also heartwarming the depth of love, dedication and determination to strive for happiness.