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  • Peony: A Novel of China

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid - an awkward role in which she is more a servant, but less a daughter. As she grows into a lovely, provocative young woman, Peony falls in love with the family's only son. However, tradition forbids them to wed. How she resolves her love for him and her devotion to her adoptive family unfolds in this profound tale, based on true events in China over a century ago.

    Amazon Customer says: "This was as good as "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peony to be better than the print version?

    I'm not familiar with the print version but I found this audiobook to be excellent. The story was riveting. I had found the first chapter rather slow going, but once the story moved into the second and subsequent chapters I found myself hooked. The themes of loyalty, religiosity, power and love were interestingly interwoven in the story. It was very well read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Peony?

    Perhaps the point where Leah killed herself. I never saw that coming and it was certainly a critical turning point.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one that saw David and his father spending the night out on a boat for dinner with their friends.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes...but I think it is best heard in short sittings as there is much to ponder upon as the story unfolds.


    Any additional comments?

    You've done a super job with this version !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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