Good story, good reader but writing did not keep my attention. Listened to the book on the way to China, on plane, and while there; even with that connection, lost interest because of writing style.
The Q :While I drive, on public transportation, when there is a need to tune everyone out and transport myself to another place, another time...
This is just an eye-opening read. I knew nothing of China - and now have some insight into a closed world. One can not imagine a family traversing such change, personal challenge, physical and mental strife - and it is not a single moment in their lives but a day after day, year after year for decades. It is one of the most intense human dramas I have ever read.
The relationship between the generations of the women. Although all 3 lives were amazingly different - , there is this bond of diamond strength between them. One instinctlively knows they could not possibly have agreed or even understood, the decisions made, yet there is a deep understanding, respect and support. I came across admiring each for their personal strength and courage during the most dire of times and events. Their life's course is something that is completely foreign to me - yet I was absorbed, absorbed, absorbed. I would read and think, it can't get any worse, and then this family would take another hit. Ms. Chang writes so wonderfully, even though this is her story, she seeks not sympathy but understanding with historical perspective and personal experience.
The story of the famine period was just shocking. A continuation of man's inhumanity to man. I am saddened by my own ignorance of Mao's China.
Haven't listened to any of Joy's other performances - would like to. Liked her pace and inflection.
Simply surviving in their world takes warrior strength.
Young women should read to get an intimate understanding of what women have had to go through to survive. Especially in Western culture we take our freedoms for granted and need to be more reflective of what came before us. These women's stories take place in the not so distant past, and we need to understand their decisions, and honor their struggles.
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.
stop repetition of same phrase, narrate with some voice change, not a monotone.
Each generation had the same narrator in the first person! Not good.
I had to steel myself to attempt book two, but could not listen to book three, too boring.
The story was in the third person, and the reader was awful. Sounded like one of the volunteer readers from librivox. Very disappointing.
Get a different reader, and rewrite the story in the first person
She was awful. Sounded like a volunteer reader