The narrative was mildly interesting, in the sense that some of the author's stories of living in China resonated with my own experiences, but given the title, I was expecting more in-depth language analysis, which it entirely lacks. Plus, there's a fair bit that the author doesn't go on to explain and I imagine would confuse me if I didn't already know more about it. For instance, when she is talking about word play, and the "grass mud horse" she notes that is is a homonym for something else, but doesn't say what. I'll give you that it's really hard to indicate what it's a homonym for in polite language, but she didn't even try.
The real thing that made this book unlistenable (I admit to giving up about an hour and a half in) is that the narrator is a great English reader but clearly doesn't speak a word of Chinese, and no one gave her even a ten minute summary in pinyin phonetics. If I had been smart enough to read the reviews beforehand, I would have seen that. If you have any level of Chinese understanding, you will probably find this audiobook frustrating and grating. Otherwise, either give it a miss or try the print edition.
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