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The Hundred Secret Senses | [Amy Tan]

The Hundred Secret Senses

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Publisher's Summary

Ghosts have haunted Olivia ever since her half-sister Kwan told her stories of the frightening World of Yin. At 5, Olivia tried to purge the images of Yin's bandit maidens, missionaries, and mercenaries, but instead committed a betrayal with long-lasting consequences. At 40 she is still wearily enduring advice from Kwan and her ghosts, who now visit the world of the living in the bizarre form of marriage counselors and amateur restaurant reviewers. Olivia travels to China, to the mountain village of Kwan's childhood, where another betrayal occurred more than 100 years before. As Olivia tries to reconcile the ghosts of her past with hopes for the future, family secrets unfold, chance becomes fate, and we learn along with Olivia the truth about love and our many secret selves and senses.

Copyright ©1995 by Amy Tan; Copyright (P)1995 by Dove Audio, Inc.

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    Ashlie Osage City, KS, USA 11-13-06
    Ashlie Osage City, KS, USA 11-13-06
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    "Tan-gible Genius, Poor Sound"

    What an amazing story...what a disappointing listen. The audio is available at level 2 only - a very poor level 2. The volume must be turned way up to hear what is being said, and even then, some of the words are obscure. I wanted to hear every word of this amazing story, and the audio quality prohibited that.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Ava, MO, USA 08-09-03
    Carole Ava, MO, USA 08-09-03 Member Since 2001
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    "A wonderful far-reaching yarn"

    Sometimes hard to follow, but well worth the complex journey. Stay with it. The characters are remarkable in their believability. The going home again (to China) theme was an absolute stroke of genius and after listening to all the whispered stories along with the main character, I too felt a certain degree of home-coming. A magnificent story that manages to continually breathe a depth of life into seemingly mundane existences.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    e.c.bruntrager Fairfax, Va, United States 12-05-11
    e.c.bruntrager Fairfax, Va, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "good story marred by very bad sound quality"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love Amy Tan books, and this book is no exception, as for story and performance. However, the sound quality of the recording is so bad I can barely understand most of it, and I have to keep the volume much higher than I would like. I have had no difficulty with previous audible.com books, so I believe it must be a problem specifically with this title.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve redondo beach, CA, USA 11-29-07
    Steve redondo beach, CA, USA 11-29-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Thought provoking"

    Amy Tan really makes you think. In this charming tale of two sisters it makes you appreciate your family and their deep seeded stories of love and values.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandria Green 04-01-14
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    "Wonderful Performance, Terrible Audio Quality!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Amy Tan's narrating is just as I remember it as a child.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio quality of this recording is terrible! It sounds muffled and as if it is a recording of another recording. Such poor quality for $17 dollars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya Ooltewah, TN, United States 08-14-12
    Tonya Ooltewah, TN, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great story - recording is poor"
    What did you like best about The Hundred Secret Senses? What did you like least?

    I love Amy Tan as narrator. It is a shame that the quality of the recording is so bad. I read that the recording was poor in other reviews but did not heed the warning.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Tan’s performances?

    Absolutely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Spokane, WA, United States 02-29-12
    Anita Spokane, WA, United States 02-29-12
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    "Great Story, Awful download"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have admired Amy Tan's ability to draw me into another world for a long time. My favorite book is The Hundred Secret Senses. Listening to Amy Tan read her story is also fun because she can so effortlessly switch from an American accent to a Chinese one. But Audible's copy of this story is so horrible that I can't believe they made me pay nearly $20 for such a crappy download. This was not my first listen to this book. I used to check it out once in a while from my local library, and the 5 year old cassettes with maybe a 100 checkouts had better sound quality! Amy Tan sounds like she is reading from inside a paper bag. Audible.com should be embarrassed as I know that the initial production was fine.
    All that aside - I love the story, I love Amy's reading, and I always thoroughly enjoy taking that trip to China with


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hundred Secret Senses?

    If you decide to purchase and listen to this story, stay till the end. That is the best part. That's all I'll say :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Trenton, NJ, United States 01-24-12
    Annie Trenton, NJ, United States 01-24-12
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    "Terrible audio quality"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this one... sounds like it was recorded on a cell phone. Ugh.


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    Renee Decatur, GA, United States 01-17-12
    Renee Decatur, GA, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Bad Recording of a Great Story and spot on acting"

    I wish they'd go back and remaster the original recordings: this recording seriously at times sounds like the 'old days' of audiobooks where you borrowed a set from the library and the previous borrower had left the set out in the car so there was wavering distorted music at the beginnings of some of the tapes from that sun damage.

    Which is a terrible shame: this is one of Amy Tan's best books in my opinion: a wonderful mix of Chinese and American culture with just a touch of supernatural that keeps you going. Amy Tan's narration is wonderful: Olivia, Kwan, and Simon are wonderfully portrayed, and Olivia herself speaks aloud many things that are unspoken about marriage than everyone wonders in the dark corners of their minds.

    So, enjoy the book but be prepared to pump the audio and deal with bad quality of sound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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