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"Amy Tan effortlessly mixes tenderness and bitter irony, sorrow and slicing wit. The Joy Luck Club is a fabulous concoction." (Louise Erdrich)
This is a fabulous story - extremely well written but should not be abridged. I would have given it five stars had I listened to the entire book. It needed the extra flesh.
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This is a rare circumstance where the movie is better than the book. I was bored as all get out while listening to this.
This book bounces around perspectives and stories from several people, so if you don't understand that a new chapter title identifying the new character is being read, it is easy to be momentarily confused about what is going on. I much prefer the Bonesetter's Daughter to this but I still liked it.
Just brilliant. Great accents, fascinating plot strands woven together! I loved it and couldn't stop listening to it, going in for a second round!
Love this book and remember seeing the movie of this book. Loved the narrator and what she brought as far as characters and engaging me as the reader. Great story of strength and honor within the family. You will enjoy this story as well
I loved the book and the audio was good as well. This was my first book on tape, so I have to say I'm not 100% used to heading someone else's voice while listening to a story but generally she did a good job. She pronounced Chinese words (which I could never have done) and had at times a believable Chinese accent that wasn't too much to take away from the story, but she changed her voice to pretend to have a mans voice and this was very strange. That's why I knocked off a star because her "man's voice" was very distracting and unnecessary. But over all it was good.
I could listen to this book over and over again. Its one of the best mother and daughter books. Amy Tran is a great writer and its great that she reads it too.
This was boring and pointless.
I am not sure how it became such a popular book and movie. I did not enjoy this at all.
It was nice to have a set of faces to go with the characters since I had already see the movie countless time. The book wasn't a disappointment by far. In fact I quite enjoyed it except for some dragged out moments the were the stories could have become confusing. The narrator was truly wonderful. Gwendoline Yeo made a sad tale into a bit more up beat I will certainly be look for more of Ms.Yeo's narrations in the near future.
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