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  • The Joy Luck Club | Amy Tan

    The Joy Luck Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Gwendoline Yeo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
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    Story
    (369)

    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.

    Leslie Teicholz says: "Joy Luck - abridged"
  • The Valley of Amazement | Amy Tan

    The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2338)
    Performance
    (2087)
    Story
    (2104)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Kristi Richardson says: "Life in a Courtesan house."
  • The Kitchen God's Wife | Amy Tan

    The Kitchen God's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Gwendoline Yeo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than 50 years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose all that has been concealed, when she decides to celebrate the Chinese New Year by unburdening herself of everybody's hidden truths - her own and Winnie's, as well as the dreadful news that Winnie's daughter, Pearl, has been keeping from her mother.

    Susana says: "Loved this book! A true treasure!"
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter | Amy Tan

    The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan, Joan Chen
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (316)

    Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".

    Eileen says: "Exceptionally good"
  • The Hundred Secret Senses | Amy Tan

    The Hundred Secret Senses

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (39)
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    (38)
    Story
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    Years after her Chinese half sister assails her with ghost stories set in the mysterious world of Yin, a young woman finds herself in China, looking for a way to reconcile the ghosts of her past with the dreams of her future. Follow her journey, learn the truth about love, and rediscover the natural gift of your hundred secret senses.

    DQmaine says: "Could not listen"
  • Saving Fish from Drowning | Amy Tan

    Saving Fish from Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (143)

    Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma. But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers.

    bulldoglady says: "one of my favorites"
  • Selected Shorts: American Classics | Amy Tan,Donald Barthelme,Eudora Welty,Edgar Allan Poe,Joyce Carol Oates,John Sayles,Alice Walker

    Selected Shorts: American Classics

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
    • Narrated By Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

    Michael says: "Classic classics"
  • The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life | Amy Tan

    The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Amy Tan has touched millions of people with haunting and sympathetic novels of cultural complexity and profound empathy. With the same spirit and humor that characterize her acclaimed novels, she now shares her insight into her own life and how she escaped the curses of her past to make a future of her own. She takes us on a journey from her childhood of tragedy and comedy to the present day and her arrival as one of the world's best-loved novelists.

    J. R. Thomas says: "My first Tan Book"
  • The Kitchen God's Wife | Amy Tan

    The Kitchen God's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    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.

    Stephen says: "Audio is horrible!"
  • Rules for Virgins: Wherein Magic Gourd Advises Young Violet on How to Become a Popular Courtesan While Avoiding Cheapskates, False Love, and Suicide | Amy Tan

    Rules for Virgins: Wherein Magic Gourd Advises Young Violet on How to Become a Popular Courtesan While Avoiding Cheapskates, False Love, and Suicide

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
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    Story
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    Amy Tan takes us deep into the illicit world of 1912 Shanghai, where beautiful courtesans mercilessly compete for the patronage of wealthy gentlemen. For the women, the contest is deadly serious, a perilous game of economic survival that, if played well, can set them up for life as mistresses of the rich and prominent. There is no room for error, however: Erotic power is hard to achieve and harder to maintain, especially in the loftiest social circles. Enter veteran seducer, Magic Gourd, formerly one of Shanghai’s “Top Ten Beauties” and now the advisor and attendant of Violet, an aspiring but inexperienced courtesan.

    Quiltrobin says: "Loved it - oh so briefly!"
  • First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors | Margaret Atwood,Roy Blount Jr.,Pat Conroy,Gail Godwin,Stephen King,Norman Mailer,Joyce Carol Oates,William Styron,Amy Tan,John Updike

    First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood, Roy Blount Jr., Pat Conroy, and others
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould, Kevin McCarthy, Judith Ivey
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Most kids write stories. Only a few of them grow up to be successful authors. But before there was Carrie, there was Jhonathan and the Witchs. And before there was Rabbit Angstrom, Toyota Dealer, there was Manuel Cirarro, famous detective. Could we have seen the seeds of success in Stephen King's and John Updike's juvenilia? A funny and surprisingly informative gathering of childhood creations by today's most celebrated writers.

  • The Chinese Siamese Cat | Amy Tan

    The Chinese Siamese Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    Overall
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    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Amy Tan's light, airy voice engages the listener as if sharing a bedtime story. The naughty white kitten, Sagwa, comes from a long line of royal Chinese cats. Her mischief changes the spirit of the cruel magistrate and future for her ancestors. A beautifully written story about why Siamese cats are really Chinese and why their faces, ears, paws and tails turn darker as they grow up.

    L Lund says: "Only 19 minutes"
  • The Moon Lady | Amy Tan

    The Moon Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Three sisters listen to their grandmother recount a mesmerizing childhood memory on a rainy afternoon. The long, complex story, filled with danger and excitement, relates what happened when Ying-ying was seven and celebrating the Moon Festival in China. On that long-ago night of the Moon Festival, she encountered the Moon Lady, who grants the secret wishes of those who ask.

    M. C. Thomas says: "This is a short story, not a novel"
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter | Amy Tan

    The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Pik-Sen Lim, Lorelei King
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    LuLing Young is now in her 80s, and finally beginning to feel the effects of old age. Trying to hold on to the evaporating past, she begins to write down all that she can remember of her life as a girl in China. Meanwhile, her daughter Ruth, a ghostwriter for authors of self-help books, is losing the ability to speak up for herself in front of the man she lives with. LuLing can only look on, helpless: her prickly relationship with her daughter does not make it easy to discuss such matters.

    katherine says: "a cultural awakener"
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