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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.
I have read and enjoyed all of Amy Tan's novels. Since this is an early one, it isn't always easy to keep track of individual characters. The story and the emotion are well worth reading.
On the other hand, I did not care for the narrator. I liked the voice of the main character, but some of the others were very abrasive-- maybe how an American voice sounds to an Asian. Also, several words were mispronounced. An example: lapel rhymed with label. I fault the producer/editor for missing those words.
Overall, I recommend this book.
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
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.
Avid audio book gobbler, hungry for stories, words strung together into strands
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.
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