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.
I couldn't wait to continue the journey of Pearl and May, now thru the daughter Joy. However, Joy didn't get a chance to enter my heart like Pearl and May. Maybe that is what kept me from thinking this book was as intense and as wonderful as Lisa's other books. Her writing was as eloquent and filled with everything I needed, and yet, I never got "involved". The ending was quite predictable, just felt the characters were nothing to grab hold of.
I enjoy learning about other cultures as well as history. Dreams of Joy pulls you in and never lets go. Unexpected twists and turns of the plot, all the while learning the history of China under Mao is captivating. I have also listened to Shanghai Girls which is the prior novel and would probably recommend listening to it first. I highly recommend these two listens - great author and great narrator.
I read Shanghai Girls first and then Dreams of Joy. I just finished the 2nd book and I'm heartbroken that I'm done.
I don't have the best attention span while listening, but at no point during these two books did I find myself bored or having to go back to see what I missed.
This book was wonderful!!! I looked forward to listening to it every chance I could. Make sure you read Shanghai girls first.....it was a great read too!!!
I have ready every one of Lisa See's books. This one kept my interest, yet made me shake my head at the plight of the people of China during the Great Leap Forward. Such a poignant story, yet a lovely story of a mother's love, forgiveness and I look forward to the next book.
A great sequel to Shanghai Girls. Took a while to really get into this one and had problems with the narrator at first. But the second half of the novel really took off and the narrator's voice seemed more appropriate. Ended up exercising more than I intended just to get back to it! I also learned a lot about the reform movement in China. Well done all around.
I've found Lisa See's novels to be uneven. Snowflower and the Secret Fan and Shanghai Girls were both fantastic. Peony in Love and now Dreams of Joy just did not capture me the same way. Dreams of Joy is a sequel to Shanghai Girls. Though I was intrigued by learning more about life on a commune in Mao's China, many parts of the book dragged and thus I felt my mind wandering during the narration. The last 45 minutes are very exciting, but there needs to be a bit more excitement sprinkled throughout the story.