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"Da Chen has written a remarkable coming-of-age memoir filled with humiliation, revenge, vindication, and, ultimately, pride. ... he has looked back at his life without cynicism or self-pity. Colors of the Mountain is a book of great dignity." (Lisa See)
I initially read the print copy of this book and enjoyed it immensely. I bought the audiobook so my family and I could listen together. Unfortunately, it left something to be desired. The narrator's inflections and pronunciations of words are often incorrect, and several times he gets mid-way through a long sentence and you can tell he loses the meaning of it -- he begins talking word by word by word by word and it doesn't flow, and he begins to trail off. Another thing is the amount of cursing that is used in the book. I don't remember that much cursing in the print copy of the book, but maybe it is just in the hearing of it that it stands out more. While I personally don't feel cursing is necessary except in very limited situations, the cursing in this book seemed particularly unnecessary.
Colors of the Mountain is a good read, but I recommend the print copy rather than the audiobook.
I thought his accent added color to the story. He spoke very clearly to my ears, and like another said he narrates with emotion and feeling. The story is entertaining and touching
You know what strikes me as odd?
This story is about a poor Chinese boy who makes his way to a good college by learning and excelling in English and YET the narrator can barely speak it! Awkward pauses in the middle of sentences, completely mispronounced words and even the total wrong words at times; puppets in place of puppies, for example. It's distracting to the quality story and I'm sure affected my overall perception.
yes because i thought it was an interesting book worth the time it took to listen to it
da chen because he stood strong and show change and sucsess in all his actions
yes he showed a lot of emotion and voice veririation
no and niether
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