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.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
If you have listened to the first book "Shanghai Girls" and if you liked that book, this is the sequel. In my opinion, the sequel is even better than Shanghai Girls. You will enter a world that you probably have heard of, but not really "met" in depth, such as Lisa See will introduce you too. This book enrobes part history of PROC, USA and most importantly brings you closer to understand what happens to humans when we are not allowed to be human. The book is very well researched, well written and I could not put my Ipod down! It is not predictable (whohoo)!!
The human aspect, the descriptions of the different characters and that is was not predictable!
When Joy convinces the leader to let her send the package to her mom
Yes, it was - I got up this Saturday morning at 6:00 am , and I finished the remaining story at noon! What will I read next?
Excellent book, not light hearted, but not too academically hard that you can't follow the thoughts.
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.
I haven't read the print version but the story is excellent so I am sure the print version is also.
I listened to 'Shanghi Girls' first then this one.
Rose. She was able to tell most all sides of the story.
At times this story was emotionally draining because the story seemed so real.
No. I rarely listen to books again.
That joy and GZ were found at the beginning of the book. Suddenly it wasn't a book about finding them. . . So I was intrigued.
Wasn't predictable. I learned so much about history and life.
Pearl, even though she is so serious.
Excellent! A pleasure to hear!
I certainly could of taken it at one time, but I liked breaking it into several days to digest what was happening to them. Lots to ponder!
I loved Janet Song's narration. She did an excellent job and that is what made me want to listen and continue with the book. This book was not as good as the one before it, Shanghai Girls. I found it to be rather depressing and hard to believe at times. If you have read the first, than by all means read this one.
This book was an adventure, a journey into a different world. I was unfamiliar with this time in Chinese history and found it totally enthralling. The narrator was very talented and an asset to the experience.
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After the secret fan - I was eager to listen to another of her books, but found in this book the storyline wasn't plausible and focused on the main character's insecurity around mundane observations. Wow, no indoor plumbing in rural China - who knew?
Think it was the story - too much whining.