I liked reading about the great leap forward. While some of the book was a bit preposterous: why would a 19 year old going to University of Chicago leave home with a few day's notice to go live in China? And then ( spoiler alert) marry an illiterate man? Still, I found the book interesting enough to listen to the whole thing, , and learned a lot.
I usually quit a book when I don't like the reader. But story was good enough to force me to listen to a whiny reader who sounded like she was going to burst out crying every sentence. I don't recall being so bothered by this in Shanghai Girls, but in this book, it drove both me and my sister nuts! I won't listen to this reader again.
I have enjoyed all of Lisa See's books. They are well-researched and beautifully written. The narrator is clear and speaks succinctly, but sounds as if she is just a step away from bursting into tears. With the dramatic content and the whiny narration, I cannot listen for too long because I become depressed. I still have about 5 hours left, and had hoped to finish it today, but I have to stop and give myself a breather. I'm not sure who I would suggest, but I think that I will read the next one on my iPad rather than listen to it.
I'm only on part 1, chapter 9. I am enjoying the plot and can't wait to hear what happens throughout the book. However I'm a bit distracted by the performance...every word and sentence seems to be spoken in a rising pitch. There is virtually no variance. I don't know if this is done for the accent or to identify the thoughts of a young college woman. I want to know what happens so I'm going to listen to it because I believe it is a good literary read.
I enjoyed this book very much. I would definitely recommend listening to or reading Shanghai Girls first because otherwise you won't know what's going on. The characters were at times a bit flat (especially Joy, geez I just wanted to shake her during most of the book), but I think Lisa See is a great "historical fiction" writer and I liked the narration.
It's both informative and emotionally interesting - my favourite type of audiobook!
I do wonder however if Lisa See will write another book in this series - the way it ended, I could definitely see another sequel!
I enjoyed "Shanghai Girls" but this sequel was above and beyond my expectations.
The entire story was riveting! Lisa See did some wonderful background work about life
during the Cultural Revolution in China and particularly in the countryside. This is her
best to date and I've read them all.
One of the best books I've read this year. I can't believe there aren't more
novels written about this time in history. Lisa's writing is so descriptive , I felt
I was watching a movie in my head as I listened. I still can't get some of the
passages out of my mind. Highly recommend.
A fascinating take on the cultural revolution of Mao's China. I wish the reader didn't always sound like she was on the edge of despair--while there were times that was appropriate, it lost its effect by a lack of contrast with the sweeter moments of the story.
when I ordered this book I didnt even read what it was about, I was just excited to read anything from the author. So, as I listened I realized this story was a continuation of Shanghi Girls! I am pleased that Miss See did such a wonderful job with this story. The characters are well developed and interesting (and all are flawed human beings) The story, history, and culture is gripping and and fascinating.
God is Awesome!
This book was amazing and the narration was spectacular! I learned a lot about the history of China and what the people went through during that time.