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Matilda Luk

Canada
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  • China Rich Girlfriend

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,569

Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story. Discontinuity of narrators.

  • By Rachel on 08-17-15

Social satire not romantic comedy

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I'm not sure why there are so many complaints about the narrator 's accents since the Cantonese and Mandarin are pretty accurate. (I also appreciated the footnotes on all the expressions.) Lydia Look's French and Spanish weren't bad, either--it's a very multicultural, multilingual world that the characters inhabit. Unlike the first book, this is not a romantic comedy--it's pretty much all social satire with a bit of drama. I thought it was funnier than the first book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

Entertaining, but not as good as Possession

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The comparisons to Possession (by A.S. Byatt--book is better and different from the novel) are inevitable, since they both feature a mystery unspooled by competitive academics and parallel narratives, one set in the present world and another set in the past. It's true that the the past/present parts of Possession were more uneven than the twin strands of this novel, but this book is a compelling listen nevertheless--the strands sometimes mirrored each other in a pleasing way. I enjoyed the glimpse into the seventeenth century, but I just don't think the intellectual aspect is well supported.

  • The Devil in Silver

  • By: Victor LaValle
  • Narrated by: Victor LaValle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Pepper is a rambunctious big man, and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He's not mentally ill, but that doesn't seem to matter. On his first night, he's visited by a terrifying creature who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It's no delusion: The other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down. Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back: Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic; Coffee, an African immigrant with severe OCD; and Loochie, a bipolar teenage girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a gem worth all the digging

  • By Joey on 05-23-16

Not a horror/thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

There are so many bad reviews of this novel that I have to conclude that it was marketed incorrectly. It's true that there are some horror/thriller tropes, but it's mainly a character-driven novel about mental illness and the institutions that purportedly care for them. It's also about misunderstanding the true source of one's suffering. This novel is very generous and large-hearted toward all the characters, which is a joy to read.

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,386

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best novels I've listened to in years.

  • By Rain on 10-27-13

One of the most touching books I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Would you listen to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe again? Why?

Ari and Dante are two of the most heartbreaking, vivid and lovable characters I've come across in a long time. Their story, one of identity and family, was so beautiful and sincere, I wished I could spend forever in late 1980's El Paso with Ari, Dante, and their incredible families.

What other book might you compare Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe to and why?

Perhaps Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie?

Have you listened to any of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Lin-Manuel Miranda's performance was wonderful and perfect for this book (it was particularly funny when to hear his read in Ari's voice that he doesn't want to study Alexander Hamilton). I hope to hear other stories read by Miranda.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh AND cry. It made me want to hug all the characters.

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