Certainly brought to life the characters. I happened to be in Rome during the listen so it really deepened my experience of the city and ruins. I am not a history buff so I do not know if all facts are true but it was certainly very believable. Enjoyed the read very much.
Daniel Bays did a great job in providing a continuous narrative to the story of the Christian church in China. I did not realize the different streams had affected China at various points in history, and it is interesting to note how big a part the Christian church played in China at times, and then how it seemed to be snuffed out at others.
I have not read such a comprehensive book on this specific topic, and I suppose I am not enough of a history buff to say I look for this kind of narrative in other cultures.
Although her English was expressive and easy to follow, her Chinese names and proper nouns were truly horrible. Even common Chinese places and names were made so unrecognizable when she pronounced them, it was really unbearable. I have had this experience with many English-read Chinese audiobooks, and you really should get someone who knows Chinese and at least do a voiceover for the Chinese words. I had to get the written copy as well, because there was no way I could get all the facts and names from hearing her read.
Not to be read in one sitting unless you are already a master at this topic. For me it was a lot of new information that I wanted to digest slowly.
Great job by the author.
There are very few books or audiobooks out there on the history or issues in Southeast Asia. I appreciated the content of this book. If you have any interest in the history of this region I think the content and performance are very good.
this book inspired me to go to Greece. Content was reflective: 2 women going through change. I enjoy Sue Monk Kidd's writing and was glad I read it.
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