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Anna

GILMER, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Fallows
    • Narrated By Catherine Byers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Deborah Fallows has spent a lot of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin - China's most common language - or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying learning the language of her adopted home provided small clues to deciphering behavior and habits of its people, and its culture's conundrums.

    Catherine says: "Interesting examination of Chinese culture"
    "Interesting, but reflections not deep"
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    I enjoyed Deborah Fallows' thoughts but didn't agree with her conclusions, which seemed to me to be generalizations or viewing what was said through a Western lens. I was also disappointed that the narrator struggled to pronounce the Mandarin words. I've studied Chinese part time for four years, and her unclear tones and pronunciation made it hard to picture the words as she said them. I do appreciate her respect for her host culture and the complexity of the language.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Once More

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Elizabeth Peters has attracted a huge following of listeners with her ability to deliver snappy stories, witty dialogue, and appealing characters. In Naked Once More, Peters creates a heroine you won't soon forget, the flamboyant Jacqueline Kirby, popular author and outspoken ex-librarian.

    KatJD says: "A real hoot!!"
    "A writer's farce"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a lighthearted and interesting view into a writer's psyche,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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