The narrator gives a gay cop from Los Angeles a hard edge New Yorker type voice. Not really a believable voice. Also, the narrator mispronounces Some words that a native Californian would never get wrong. For example, the narrator pronounced Camarillo (a city) as "cama-rill-oh," when the correct pronunciation is "cama-ree-oh."
There's a reason why professional actors read audio books. This was a great book that because very annoying because of the author's poor ability to narrate his own book. His ethnic accents were the worst and borderline insulting. Read this one, don't listen to it.
I'm really enjoying this book, that is, the parts that are actually available for me to listen to. But the later half of chapter 29 is missing. Annoying!
Wow. What can I say, other than I LOVED this audiobook?! The narrator was fantastic and the story was a fresh look at common themes: womanhood, friendship, regret, hardship...The historical details were beautifully woven into a touching story that everyone can relate to, even those of us that never lived in 19th Century China and cringe at the mere thought of foot binding. Really, I can't recommend this book any more highly. I cried for the last hour.
As a bonus, the author talks about the book and her writing process at the end of the audiobook.
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