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
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.
Avid listener, teacher of English as a foreign language in Mexico City. Very interested in recommendations.
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.
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!
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.
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?
I would have read the whole book. I would also get much better audio quality.
Yes more so if the whole book was read.
any particular reason why she didn't read the whole book?
It was a good story and very entertaining.
I didn't like the voice because sometimes she spoke too quickly.
I wish there had been chapter breaks.
I have fallen in love all over again with reading. Only now I do it with my ears instead of my eyes!
I read this story years ago and remembered liking it as I do most everything by Amy Tan. That being said this is the worst narration production I've heard so far on audible. It sounds like it was recorded on a tape recorder and it even skips. I thought it was my phone so I rewound. It's the recording. I'm returning it.
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