This book is marvelous, in part due to the fantastic reading by the narrator. He captures each character's voice and makes them come alive. The book is engrossing, funny and an extremely well done audiobook.
I love books about China, and this family saga sounded interesting, but it did not turn out to be. It at times was simply a straightforward narrative of one event after another, rarely delving into the characters' feelings. Rather momentous events would just be passed over - one minute people were getting married, next sentence they had teenagers. The same story is told from many people's point of view, but it is no more interesting the second time around. A big disapointment.
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