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Sharon

Lakeport, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1082)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela J says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "AWFUL AND SAD"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    What was most disappointing about Amy Tan’s story?

    It is generic, and sad. I know that Any is a talented writer but she didn't use any of her talent in this book. No imagination, to wit, or charm.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrators, get rid of the Disney chick, and wake Amy up before she reads.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NONE


    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (728)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Michael Cox says: "Less about the arrival more about the ride"
    "Poorly Narrated"
    Overall

    I am sad to say that this is the most poorly narrated audiobook that I have ever heard. ALL of the characters have a strong British accent the japanese character. the Dutch characters everyone, it completely ruined the story for me. Spend your money on the book and you will be aple to cherish the words and create your own voice for these lovely characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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