Quan Barry's luminous fiction debut brings us the tumultuous history of modern Vietnam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before the country's reunification, a child gifted with the otherworldly ability to hear the voices of the dead.
At the peak of the war in Vietnam, a baby girl is born along the Song Ma River on the night of the full moon. This is Rabbit, who will journey away from her destroyed village with a makeshift family thrown together by war. Here is a Vietnam we've never encountered before: Through Rabbit's inexplicable but radiant intuition, we are privy to an intimate version of history, from the days of French Indochina and the World War II rubber plantations through the chaos of postwar reunification.
With its use of magical realism - Rabbit's ability to "hear" the dead - the novel reconstructs a turbulent historical period through a painterly human lens. This is the moving story of one woman's struggle to unearth the true history of Vietnam while simultaneously carving out a place for herself within it.
©2014 Quan Barry (P)2015 Audible Inc.
Yes, parts of it.
The story was perfect.
Good, her voice is very soothing. Authentic, she actually pronounced some Vietnamese words correctly.
I applaud audible for hiring someone capable of pronouncing Vietnamese words for this very important ground-breaking book. I just wish the narrator was consistent with pronouncing ALL of the Vietnamese words correctly. I'm not sure why she choose to pronounce some correctly and then others not - in particular the characters names...Why not pronounce those correctly? And names of important places. But it wasn't just the Vietnamese characters but American people that are famous in history whose correct pronunciation of their name should be common - ie Robert McNamara. For a listener - especially Vietnamese ones - it bugged me when Vietnamese names, titles, cities, etc. were mispronounced. Otherwise the Narrator was very good and I believe she can become excellent if she put just a bit more effort into getting the correct pronunciations for Vietnamese words when narrating a Vietnamese book.
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