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  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh a little Cry a little Love All

  • By Patricia on 11-11-09

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-08

I have heard good reviews about this book for years, and it has been a popular choice as a Book Club read, so I looked forward to listening for some time. What a disappointment! Although I found the story somewhat interesting and informative at times, the narrator's voice was so grating that it was a real struggle to complete. I would suggest a paper copy of the book, if you want to bother at all. The theme of the book is about female friendship, but I found it difficult to relate to the selfishness of the main character. The reasons for Lily's abandonment of her life-long friend for many years was hard to fathom, and its resolution didn't ring true for me. For a much better, less sappy story, I'd vote for Memoirs of a Geisha anytime!

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

  • By: Carson McCullers
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 853

Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cherry Jones - 10

  • By Connie on 06-26-06

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-05

I participated in a discussion of this book recently in a book group, and I took the opportunity to recommend Audible to the whole group as a wonderful way to "read" while commuting, taking a walk, etc! I thoroughly enjoyed Cherry Jones narration of this memorable work. The careful development of the strong characters as they struggle in their isolation makes this a fascinating read. It is difficult to fathom the maturity of Carson McCullers who wrote this novel at the age of 23 years. Do not expect a page turner, but be charmed by the weaving of the tapestry Ms McCullers designs. The story will stay in your heart long after the last chapter.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful