In this extraordinary first work of fiction, Amy Tan writes about what is lost over the years - between generations, among friends - and what is saved.
© Amy Tan; (P)2005 Phoenix Books, Inc.
"Amy Tan effortlessly mixes tenderness and bitter irony, sorrow and slicing wit. The Joy Luck Club is a fabulous concoction." (Louise Erdrich)
Don't they have producers for these things? She read sentences twice, gave the wrong accent to a character, and invented the most annoying voice in audiobook history for another. I call for a do-over.
I usually love Amy Tan's books, but I have to say that the narrator of this one didn't do it any favors. I'm not sure if this just turned out to be one of my lesser favorites of Amy Tan's work, or if the narration was so bad it distorted my overall impressions.
Awful. I wish I could get my money back. The production sounds terrible and the narration is awful. I've listened to many, many books and I can't finish this one.
It's difficult to believe anything could harm Amy Tan's wonderful book, but this narrator accomplishes it. It's painful to listen to, especially when she mispronounces words ("swword"?) and gave cartoon-like voices to characters. Where did they find her?? Couldn't finish.
I have waited a long time for this to come out in the unabridged format and still love the book...but thought Amy Tan did a much better job of narration! (She does the abridged version). Still very happy that this is out, and it is enjoyable.
One of my favorite books totally ruined by the narrator. I feel like I could pull my hair out trying to get through this audiobook, and yet I had to keep on listening for the story. Who OKAYED this narrators finished project. I am so astonished and HORRIFIED by the poorly overdone characters. BOO HOO!!!
The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite movies and this audio book lived up to my expectations. The story is beautiful and haunting. I rated this as 4 stars rather than 5 because the reader mispronounced several words (such as LIBARY instead of Library). Other than that, I think she did a great job.
This is a beautifully written story about 4 Chinese mother/daughter relationships. It slowly reveals the stories of each of these women, switching back and forth between current lives of the 4 daughters, and back a generation to China, to reveal the lives of the mothers when they were young. The story conveys how difficult it can sometimes be for families to communicate and truly understand each other from generation to generation.
A note about the audiobook - This version, narrated by Gwendoline Yeo should be avoidedt. It's probably the worst narration I have ever heard. The narrator has a very pleasant voice, but she decided to use weird, cartoonish, completely unrealistic voices for many of the male and a couple of the female characters. They are laughable and extremely distracting. I previewed 5 minutes of the book and this preview conveniently didn't have any examples of this, so I downloaded it despite the negative reviews regarding the narration. If you want to enjoy this book, do not get this audio version.
I would recommend the book, not the audiobook.
NO!!!! Her normal voice is great, her Chinese accented english is great. However, the men either sound like Johnny American (over exagerated hill billy) or a guy pincing his nose closed. Also, in one story a Chinese-American is telling her story of when she was back in China, she has an accent but the people in the story speaking Chinese have no accent. The narration, not only took me out of the story many times, but actually made me roll me eyes in disgust.
This is an amazing, well written book that makes me laugh and cry every time.
I will generally read (or listen to in this case) anything Amy Tan has written. Her stories always have a depth to them that is often missing in contemporary fiction. I think I would have preferred to read this one rather than listen. Maybe it's because I was trying to work and listen at the same time, but I found that it was easy to miss some of the nuances in the plot, as well as some aspects of the characters. I followed the story well enough, but felt something was missing. I enjoyed the main story line, but got lost in the zillions of sub plots. Still, I wasn't disappointed, I just prefer her other work, such as Saving Fish from Drowning.
"Oh dear - I found the narrator too irritating"
What a shame - I don't think this narrator is right for the book - her accent & delivery would be far better suited to something more chick-lit. Very Hollywood little girl accent and a terrible habit of doing actressy giggles mid sentence. I'm afraid I had to abandon.
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