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.
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.