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The Gift of Rain | [Tan Twan Eng]

The Gift of Rain

Penang, 1939: Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in an unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. But when the Japanese invade Malaya, threatening to destroy Philip's family and everything he loves, he realises that his trusted friend has been harbouring a devastating secret.
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Penang, 1939: Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in an unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat.

But when the Japanese invade Malaya, threatening to destroy Philip's family and everything he loves, he realises that his trusted friend has been harbouring a devastating secret.

©2007 Tan Twan Eng (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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  • SDY
    Australia
    8/13/13
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    "The perfect novel"

    A wonderful setting for a very compelling story about friendship and responsibility. I'm not a fan of war novels but this book won me over. The prose is superb, and both narrators are excellent. Certainly an audio book I will listen to again.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Gillingham, United Kingdom
    5/26/13
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    "Emotional"

    Such a poignant story beautifully read, I felt transported to another era, so descriptive of character, place and emotion - I don't think reading it would have made it so alive. Highly commended

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Heike
    Heidelberg, Germany
    11/18/13
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    "Beautiful novel about a dark part in history"

    I absolutely loved this book and it got me hooked after the first 10 minutes. The story itself is in parts cruel and very sad but described in beautiful prose with gentle words. I never read anything about the Japanese occupation of Malaysia during the second World War. The idea to describe it as an account of his life an elderly half-English half-Chinese Gentlemen gives to a friend makes it easier to listen to all the cruelties. I also liked the fact that it was recorded by two different narrators. For me it was the best book I listened to this year and I would fully recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi
    United Kingdom
    3/11/14
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    "Beautiful story - an unexpected gift"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gift of Rain to be better than the print version?

    The narrators were good and really brought the story alive. The voices seemed to fit their characters, both in gentleness and strength. I would definitely recommend the audio edition of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was placed in a setting I knew very little about. The different elements of the Chinese, Japanese and British culture, way of thinking, beliefs and behaviour were fascinating. The story was deep and moving and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Watchet, Somerset, United Kingdom
    2/19/14
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    "A fine book"

    This is a well written story about dark times in world history. While providing insights into the history of the Japanese occupation of Malaysia, it shows what can influence people, faced with disappointments, threats and dangers. It explores how reactions to such things can be driven by issues like friendship, love, duty and loyalties. It is gripping and is likely to provoke emotional reactions in the reader/listener.

    The narration is, for the most part, very good, although some of the accents employed leave a little to be desired.

    Thoroughly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RGH
    Spain
    11/18/14
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    "Simply beautiful"
    Where does The Gift of Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An excellent book, beautifully written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the images and emotions portraid. I found the historical background very interesting and the realtionships between the different characters described in a very movign way.


    What does Gordon Griffin and Luke Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Both persons made the book come alive


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    10/25/14
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    "Tragic story about friendship"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because it is such a powerful and sad story well told


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    United Kingdom
    10/14/14
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    "Interesting story, setting and characters"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gift of Rain the most enjoyable?

    Interesting story, setting and characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gift of Rain?

    Phillip's father's death


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I smiled at times and cried a little at the end


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully read by both voices

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart
    lincoln, United Kingdom
    10/11/14
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    "all audio books should be made this way"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is excellent piece of writing. The sense or forboding generated during the first part is at times so real, the place and time so detailed and the denoument and conclusion so full of questions and a novel-ful of answers.
    The real icing on the cake though is a flawless reading, split between the old and young voices of the narrator Philip Hutton read by two readers. The editorial descisions taken have resulted in as near to perfect a telling as any I have heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susiesmith
    10/8/14
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    "excellent read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gift of Rain the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this refreshingly different story, about the Japanese occupation of Malaya, a subject I previously knew nothing about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the moving and insightful glimpse of about life in Malaya. It was interesting to hear about a different aspect of the war under Japanese influence and alos to hear about the perspective of a man torn between family loyaltyand friendship.


    What does Gordon Griffin and Luke Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    .


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully written, almost peotical in style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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