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The Joy Luck Club Audiobook

The Joy Luck Club

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Publisher's Summary

Four Chinese women, drawn together by the shadow of their past, meet in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and to "say" stories to each other. Nearly 40 years later, one of the women has died, and her daughter arrives to take her place. However, the daughter never expected to learn of her mother's secret lifelong wish - and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation creates among the women an urgent need to remember the past. What is lost between generations and among friends - and what is salvaged - resonates throughout this novel of friendship among women and the relations between mothers and daughters.

Jacket Illustration ©1989 Gretchen Shields; Copyright ©1989

What the Critics Say

"Amy Tan effortlessly mixes tenderness and bitter irony, sorrow and slicing wit. The Joy Luck Club is a fabulous concoction." (Louise Erdrich)

What Members Say

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    Leslie Teicholz 03-16-04 Member Since 2009
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    "Joy Luck - abridged"

    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.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    maesyn strite los angeles 03-09-15
    maesyn strite los angeles 03-09-15 Member Since 2015

    Avid audio book gobbler, hungry for stories, words strung together into strands

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    "Fantastic"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiarra Rodrigues 01-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Different Outlook"

    I had to read this novel for school but somehow ended up really loving it and I've fallen for the plot that was developed in this amazing story that Ms. Amy Tan had written. I believe the most memorable parts of this novel was the dinner that they had in Waverly was calling out people for their mistakes that they had in life and everyone sat around the table eating crab. I would definitely recommend this book to people because it has an excellent story to tell of an amazing woman even though it's fictional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Thompson 11-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed the book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas L. Burns Columbus, Ohio 10-11-15
    Thomas L. Burns Columbus, Ohio 10-11-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Beautifully written and rendered."

    A moving work. The performance is spot on. There I was, weeping gently as I drove to work.

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    Claire Hautot 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic narrator !"

    Both Amy Tan and this particular narrator are fabulous storytellers ! I recommend this book to people who like multigenerational plot lines.

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    Joy Onuwa 07-16-15
    Joy Onuwa 07-16-15
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    "Required for school"

    It was mandatory for school but I enjoyed it. I kind of dislike Waverly Jong but I loved to hate her so I guess that made the story better.

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    Meagan vR Ohio 06-14-15
    Meagan vR Ohio 06-14-15 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "Rare circumstance"

    This is a rare circumstance where the movie is better than the book. I was bored as all get out while listening to this.

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    Alyssa 05-08-15
    Alyssa 05-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but confusing"

    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.

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    David A. Heckman 02-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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