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.
I looked forward to listening to this everday. I learned much about a country and history I would otherwise have never gotten to explore. Lovely book!
Fantastic story, shocking view into life in a communist regime. A few details could have been explained a bit more, but the brutality and the desperation of life is amazing. Well done and very well read.
The story of three generations of Chinese women was interesting on its own merits but adding the background of the rise of Mao in China, made it the best book I have read in a long time. There was so much that I didn't know about this part of China's history. Especially at this time in the U.S., I think it's crucial that we see how a dictator can take control and how the people can not even realize it until their lives have been destroyed.
Story is good but the narrator is not very good.
As a fluent Chinese speaker, the Chinese pronunciation is unbearable. If you are going to have the narrator speak foreign languages in a audio book you might as well find someone who can actually pronounce the words properly. As a fluent Chinese speaker, I am suppose to understand the Chinese words spoken in the book. However that is not the case. I do not think you can find ANY Chinese person, (The author included) that can understand the narrator's Chinese pronunciations. This is really not Joy's fault. The publisher/producer of the auidobook should have found someone who can actually pronounce the words properly.
I learned so much about China and all that her people have gone through. I found this book to be extremely well-written, very interesting, actually captivating. I'm grateful for the information that the author shared.
I am so in awe of the author. She and her family endured so much yet she had the fortitude to write this history. Those who read it take art of her family with them. Thank you