I read the review in the Times, which described the book as having terrific dialog. It seemed to me that such a book would be particularly good to listen to. For those of you that are withdrawing from The Wire -- this book will do it. It is gritty and realistic, and the narration is wonderful.
I have recently discovered SEP and have listened to or read most of the books. I enjoyed the book - unfortunately, Anna Fields did not get to narrate this book before she died. I listened to part of it, and then finished the book in written form.
to the reviewers who couldn't finish the book. The premise is creative - but after the first hour - enough!
This is a wonderfully written book that is beautifully narrated. The story is written with an Asian voice, and takes one back to the Pacific Northwest during World War II, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor made Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants treated as enemies. This is a gentle love story between a Japanese American girl and a Chinese American boy who must not only brave the difficulties of being Asian in a hostile Caucasian society, but the hostility and distrust between the Chinese and Japanese communities. Couldn't put it down.
I love long epic novels. Although this was well narrated, it was rather simple with little character development. Does not compare at all to the Follett Cathedral novels. Doesn't come close to any of the Bryce Courtenay novels. After several hours, I just didn't feel it was worth my time.
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