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The Kitchen God's Wife Audiobook

The Kitchen God's Wife

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Publisher's Summary

Winnie Louie and Helen Kwong have always shared secrets, but now Helen wants to reveal them. Helen is convinced she is dying and decides to celebrate what might be her last Chinese New Year by telling all the secrets of her life, as well as Winnie Louie's and those of Winnie's daughter Pearl. There are some things, however, that Pearl would rather her mother didn't know. The result of Helen's tell-all mood is a series of comic misunderstandings and heartbreaking realizations about luck, loss, and trust. In this funny and touching novel Amy Tan reveals important truths about the effect of secrets kept and revealed, and the miraculous, resilient nature of love among mothers, daughters, and friends.

Copyright ©1991 by Amy Tan; Copyright (P)1991 by Dove Audio

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    Stephen Woodstock, IL, United States 01-22-08
    Stephen Woodstock, IL, United States 01-22-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Audio is horrible!"

    While I enjoyed this audiobook and anything from Amy Tan, this is the worst recording that I have ever heard! The audio quality is horrific and at times barely understandable. This may be a work from an earlier audio era, but at least give people a fair warning that the audio quality is terrible.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Aquino 12-21-12
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    "POOR AUDIO QUALITY"

    It sounds like Amy Tan left a 3-hour message on my answering machine... The poor audio quality was too distracting to even get through the first chapter

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gisella Mexico D.F., Mexico 04-08-13
    Gisella Mexico D.F., Mexico 04-08-13 Member Since 2015

    Avid listener, teacher of English as a foreign language in Mexico City. Very interested in recommendations.

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    "Bad audio"
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    The audio is terrible. It is a recording that puts a strain on the listener as it is recorded like through the telephone, not a studio, and the listener can tell. The author is excellent, but not as a reader: she reads too fast. Thoroughly enjoyable, but can be hard to hear.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    PSG 03-03-12
    PSG 03-03-12
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    "Poor audio quality; Worth a listen"

    The poor audio quality of this audiobook almost made me foresake it. I'm so glad I didn't!

    Days later, I find myself thinking about the story and the characters and their lives...

    Amy Tan is such a good writer, and to hear the book read by her, gives clear voice (ha-ha) to her words, just as she imagined them. I could hear the mother rushing through her story, telling her adult daughter the truth about her life, story spilling out, words tripping over each other. I would have read it differently. It's a rare treat to hear what was in the author's mind!

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    Aimee Tavormina 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible recording."

    The recording was muffled and barely audible - I couldn't get past the first 3 minutes. . I wish more effort had gone into a better recording for such a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James kitty hawk, NC, United States 03-01-13
    James kitty hawk, NC, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Warning"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, the story is good and if you must listen to the story it is a good one. Amy Tan isn't reading the whole story she is skipping a lot of material of her own book which is really confusing to me. why would she skip her own material?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have read the whole book. I would also get much better audio quality.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy Tan?

    Jim Dale


    Was The Kitchen God's Wife worth the listening time?

    Yes more so if the whole book was read.


    Any additional comments?

    any particular reason why she didn't read the whole book?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Rupert, ID, United States 05-05-12
    Catherine Rupert, ID, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but could be better"
    What made the experience of listening to The Kitchen God's Wife the most enjoyable?

    It was a good story and very entertaining.


    What three words best describe Amy Tan’s voice?

    I didn't like the voice because sometimes she spoke too quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there had been chapter breaks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Portland, OR, USA 09-01-07
    Charlotte Portland, OR, USA 09-01-07
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    "Joy Luck Club"

    This is a great book and a great movie, but Amy Tan is not a very good reader. She should have had someone else read it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Emmanuel 10-12-15
    Emmanuel 10-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "don't read it along side the book"
    Would you try another book from Amy Tan and/or Amy Tan?

    if audible actually gets the audiobook right because it doesn't even match with the actual book


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Kitchen God's Wife?

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    doesn't even match with the book

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    Darrell D. 08-06-15
    Darrell D. 08-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book crummy recording"

    This was a really well-written book. The story was captivating and a great example of historical fiction. However, the recording itself was really hard to listen to. The quality wasn't very high and I had to turn the volume up to be able to hear and understand what was being said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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