I did not like it at all because of the narrator. the book is written as a narrative and it comes across like a school teacher reading to her class. I found it hard to connect to the drama of the story. The lack of dialogue requires an exceptional reader to bring this story to life and this reader was far from exceptional. Obviously the book is full of interesting history but her lecturing style was bland and boring.
Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See, These were absolutely spellbinding and provided good depictions of recent Chinese history
Definitely not!! I already wasted a credit on this one.
This was highly recommended to me as a good read and I am sorry I did not buy the book.
first of I would not have chosen this book, because it isn't my usual genre. But it was chosen for our book club read. This is a very long book nevertheless very enjoyable. the narrator does an excellent job with the names and making listening fun and enjoyable. The difficult parts are the cruelty and mean and unfair treatments of the generations under the different leaders. This book gave me a better understanding of the Chinese culture and history. It is very sad at times but also ends on a positive note.
Not very highly
Didn't make it to the ending!
Too difficult for me to follow the storyline - I think this would be much more enjoyable to read than to listen to. Not enough characters are referenced by name (rather than description, familial tie, etc) for me to carefully track the plot (while driving).
Read the book instead if you can't pay very close attention!
This story was a rare uncensored look into the lives of everyday Chinese during the Mao era. It was a moving story with a lot of interesting revelations. The performance was wonderful, and I really enjoyed hearing the narrator's voice. However, it really bugged me that she mispronounced a lot of the Chinese names and place names. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book.
This would have been a great book if it had been fictionalized or dramatized. Instead, it reads like a newspaper; the characters are flat without dialogue; and the story confusing. While I have loved books by Lisa See and Amy Tan, this one was a dragged out mess. I appreciate the struggles of the Chinese people under Mao and with the antiquated customs and mores, this didn't really invoke empathy. I kept waiting for the characters to come alive, but they never did. The narrator is flat, my mind kept wandering. Skip this one and read Lisa See instead.
The book tells the story of several generations of a family growing up in China during the 20th century. It is not easy to live in China even if you are a revolutionary on the right side.
You are subjected to self criticism and often brutal conditions and punishment.
The book starts during the "revolution" and fighting and continues through all the changes and experiments of the twentieth century under Mao.
Very touching story told through the eyes of 3 generations of white swans (strong Chinese women) I understand the culture better in light of this book. Loved the character development
I am the first to admit I get distracted when confronted with names and cities with which I am unfamiliar. I had trouble with names and places in this book. I think the story is very poignant and historical, but I finally gave up halfway through. For those who are familiar with China and various names, places, and regimes, this book would be fascinating. I was unfamiliar and couldn't keep up. My bad....not the book's
This book brings Mao's repressive regime down to a very personal level. It was well written with much emotion and good details. Worth a listen.