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  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan | Lisa See

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Bdan in ATL says: "Disappointing"
  • Shanghai Girls: A Novel | Lisa See

    Shanghai Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

    Beach Biker says: "Touching, sad, and enjoyable"
  • China Dolls: A Novel | Lisa See

    China Dolls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Story
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    It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

    Barbara says: "New Narrator needed!"
  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel | Lisa See

    Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Story
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    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    maida smith says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
  • Peony in Love: A Novel | Lisa See

    Peony in Love: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (179)
    Story
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    For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

    L. Swartz says: "Unusual and excellent book"
  • The Interior: A Red Princess Mystery | Lisa See

    The Interior: A Red Princess Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    While David Stark is asked to open a law office in Beijing, his lover, detective Liu Hulan, receives an urgent message from an old friend imploring her to investigate the suspicious death of her daughter, who worked for a toy company about to be sold to David’s new client, Tartan Enterprises.

    Janice says: "Another winner from Lisa See"
  • Dragon Bones: A Red Princess Mystery | Lisa See

    Dragon Bones: A Red Princess Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    Overall
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    Story
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    When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating in the Yangzi River, Ministry of Public Security agent Liu Hulan and her husband, American attorney David Stark, are dispatched to Site 518 to investigate. As Hulan scrutinizes this death—or is it a murder?—David, on behalf of the National Relics Bureau, tries to discover who has stolen from the site an artifact that may prove to the world China’s claim that it is the oldest uninterrupted civilization on earth.

    Janice says: "Best of the Hulan Series... EXCELLENT!"
  • On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family | Lisa See

    On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.

    Victoria says: "documentary writing"
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan | Lisa See

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
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    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Fern Richardson says: "Fantastic Story, Total Tear Jerker!"
  • Peony in Love: A Novel | Lisa See

    Peony in Love: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

    Olivia says: "Not quite as good as her other books."
  • Flower Net | Lisa See

    Flower Net

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Elaina Davis
    Overall
    (33)
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    In the depths of a Beijing winter, during the waning days of Deng Xiaoping's reign, the U.S. ambassador's son is found dead - his body entombed in a frozen lake. Almost simultaneously, American officials find a ship adrift in the storm-churned waters off Southern California. No one is surprised to find the fetid hold crammed with hundreds of undocumented Chinese immigrants - the latest cargo in the Chinese mafia's burgeoning smuggling trade. What does surprise Assistant U.S. Attorney David Stark is his discovery that among the hapless refugees lies the corpse of a Red Prince, a scion of China's political elite.The Chinese and American governments suspect that the deaths are connected, and in an unprecedented move they join forces to solve this cross-cultural crime. Stark heads for Beijing to team up with police detective Liu Hulan, whose unorthodox methods are tolerated only because of her spectacular investigative abilities. Their investigation carries them into virtually every corner of today's China, and leads them to Los Angeles's thriving Asian community - where their search turns up a bloodthirsty murderer at the apex of China's power structure. Their work together also ignites their passion for each other - a passion forbidden by their respective governments, and one that plays right into the hands of a serial killer.

    JB says: "terrible reader , not very coherent book"
  • Carolyn See & Lisa See in Conversation with Barbara Isenberg (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Panel 1094 | Carolyn See,Lisa See

    Carolyn See & Lisa See in Conversation with Barbara Isenberg (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Panel 1094

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Carolyn See, Lisa See
    • Narrated By Barbara Isenberg
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    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan | Lisa See

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Story
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    In 19th-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu (“women’s writing”). With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood.

    Caryn says: "Great story, not so great narration"
  • China Dolls | Lisa See

    China Dolls

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
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    It’s 1938 in San Francisco: Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn.

  • Dreams of Joy | Lisa See

    Dreams of Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    Overall
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    Nineteen-year-old Joy Louie has run away from her home in 1950s America to start a new life in China. Idealistic and unafraid, she believes that Chairman Mao is on the side of the people, despite what her family keeps telling her. Meanwhile, Pearl returns to China to bring Joy home - if she can. For Mao has launched his Great Leap Forward, and each passing season brings ever greater hardship. Pearl must use her contacts from her decadent childhood in 1930s Shanghai to find a way to safety - and a chance of joy.

    Anne says: "Hardship and sadness of the times of the times"
  • Shanghai Girls | Lisa See

    Shanghai Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
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    Shanghai, 1937. Pearl and May are two sisters from a bourgeois family. Though their personalities are very different - Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid - they are inseparable best friends. Both are beautiful, modern, and living carefree lives until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away the family's wealth and that in order to repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to two 'Gold Mountain' men: Americans.

  • Peony in Love | Lisa See

    Peony in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    In 17th-century China, the Manchus have seized power and crushed the Ming dynasty. But in an elaborate villa on the shores of Huanzhou's West Lake, Peony lives a sheltered life with her wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo and lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony is inspired by the spirited heroine in the opera The Peony Pavillion and develops dreams of her own. When she catches sight of an elegant, handsome man, she begins to resent her betrothal.

  • Fiction: Window on the World (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books | Muriel Barbery,Vanina Marsot,Jonathan Rabb,Lisa See

    Fiction: Window on the World (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery, Vanina Marsot, Jonathan Rabb, and others
    • Narrated By Donna Rifkind
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    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

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