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  • Dragon Springs Road

  • A Novel
  • By: Janie Chang
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Jialing is only seven years old in 1908, when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate near Shanghai. Jialing is zazhong - Eurasian - and faces a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. Without her mother's protection, she can survive only if the estate's new owners, the Yang family, agree to take her in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Story, Chinese Folklore

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-17-18

Unique Story, Chinese Folklore

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

A refreshing read. The story is a unique and largely unpredictable drama, with a backbone of Chinese folklore and history. The narration is excellent, but sounds like it’s on fast forward. I found .75 speed to be far more enjoyable. I think somewhere between 1x and .75x would be perfect.

  • The Moon in the Palace

  • The Empress of Bright Moon, Book 1
  • By: Weina Dai Randel
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power. A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the emperor's attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the emperor a gift he can never forget.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most annoying narrations

  • By Foodiewife on 01-28-17

Excellent Narrator, Interesting Story

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Imperial drama. If you like this genre, well worth a listen. Some parts are a bit predictable- the foreshadowing can be a little obvious, but plenty of surprises as well. Overall, an interesting listen with a very engaging narrator.

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,778

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Interesting & Historical Fantasy

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-17

I loved listening to this book for its historical, engaging narrative & excellent narrator. The plot was heartbreaking at times, and at other times a little too good to be true. Regardless of the occasionally fantasy-like high points, I found the plot interesting and even inspiring. I have lived in China & love Pu'er tea, but I knew nothing of its context. So enlightening!

  • The Red Chamber

  • By: Pauline A. Chen
  • Narrated by: Grayce Wey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with her cousins in the Capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendor, presided over by the ruthless, scheming Xifeng and the prim, repressed Baochai. As she learns the secrets behind their glittering facades, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and hidden passions, reaching from the petty gossip of the servants' quarters all the way to the Imperial Palace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Patti on 07-18-14

Excellent Narrator, Interesting Novel

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-17

An often sad, but very intriguing work of historical fiction. Chen does an excellent job of sharing her characters' deepest thoughts while weaving an engaging narrative. The narration is outstanding.

  • Prodigal Summer

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711

Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Lily on 10-12-08

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Among my favorite audiobooks to date. A complex, well researched work of fiction. Interesting characters and a unique, unpredictable storyline. Loved it!

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,232

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Great Narration, Fairly Cheesy Detective Novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-17

The narration is excellent. The plot is fairly predictable, but could be worth a listen if you're looking to pass the time. Some violent imagery. It's a True Detective style story except a little cheesy.

  • Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)

  • How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516

In Brain Rules for Baby, Dr. John Medina shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control. Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Only Baby Book I'd Recommend

  • By Erik on 08-14-15

Every Parent Should Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Excellent book.
Informative and important for the sake of the next generation. Do a little homework and read or listen to this if you're a parent- you won't regret it. And it's not boring by any means!

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,583

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Simple, sweet story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-16

I was ready to quit after about 2 hours, but was encouraged by another review to read on.
It was worth listening to, but neither the plot nor characters were very complex. It's a heartwarming story about a kindhearted grumpy old man. If that suits you, then tune in. The narration is well done.