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The Bonesetter's Daughter Audiobook

The Bonesetter's Daughter

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Publisher's Summary

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.

The story conjures the pain of broken dreams, the power of myths, and the strength of love that enables us to recover in memory what we have lost in grief. Over the course of one fog-shrouded year, between one season of falling stars and the next, mother and daughter find what they share in their bones through heredity, history, and inexpressible qualities of love.

©2001 Amy Tan; (P)2005 Phoenix Audio. All Rights Reserved.

What the Critics Say

"In the end, it's the novel's depth of feeling that resonates and lingers. Tan writes with real soul." (Washington Post Book World)
"Storytelling in its oldest and truest form." (AudioFile)

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    Michele Kellett Seattle, WA United States 06-16-11
    Michele Kellett Seattle, WA United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Absorbing, but light"

    Amy Tan specializes in intergenerational conflicts, especially between immigrant Chinese and their Americanized offspring. This time, at least, the immigrant generation wins on charm, interest and spunk. The American heroine, Ruth, is a bit of a drip, and the present-day narrative is a thinly veiled research report on Alzheimer's and options for dealing with it -- all useful and well and good, and sometimes funny. But the story of Ruth's mother, discovered by Ruth in a hidden memoir, is truly gripping. It forms the central portion of the book, book-ended by Ruth's drab story of anxiety and redemption, and provides an excellent reason to read this book. Very well narrated!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 06-16-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A pretty good Amy Tan book"
    Any additional comments?

    I really loved Joy Luck Club so I went ahead and tried this one. It covers a lot of familiar Amy Tan territory: mother/daughter relationships, ABC struggling with her Chinese heritage, multi-generational family issues. But whereas Joy Luck Club had multiple parallel stories, this book relies on just one. For me, the particular details of this one story just weren't interesting enough to leave me enthralled. YMMV

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sunsetliving 04-14-12
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is very long winded. I am a big fan of Amy Tan but this one was a disappointment. I felt no connection to the characters or plot line.


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    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 04-21-11
    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 04-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "This one will stay with you"

    This book is amazing!! And the readers voices are so touching. I listened to this one right after listening to the Last Chinese Chef and the transition was terrific. The story is beautiful and the history so rich and the story line so well done. Fantastic book. Didn't want it to end.

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    Babette Loveland, CO, United States 04-21-10
    Babette Loveland, CO, United States 04-21-10 Member Since 2013
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    "I love this book!"

    I loved the book and also the readers. Because I married in to an Asian American family, I always enjoy the insight into the culture.

    It is a little sad, and the back story should be the main story, but still it makes my lifetime top 20.

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    Suze Weinberg Jackson, NJ 11-01-07
    Suze Weinberg Jackson, NJ 11-01-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely & Heartwarming"

    Beautifully written and beautifully read.
    Especially interesting if you have a parent in the beginning throws of dementia.
    I seem to gravitate toward books about the different Asian cultures and I found this one, as it jumped from present day to past day very inspiring and informative. The ancient Chinese culture is so steeped in mysterious ways and superstitions. It was a wonderful book.

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    InGa 11-01-17
    InGa 11-01-17
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    "Painful"

    This was excruciating to listen to. Not only is the narrator's monotone voice annoying, but the storyline...oh, wait... there isn't one. After 4 hours and 7 chapters I just couldn't listen anymore. Worst book I've ever purchased -- and that's saying a lot!

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    HeelsYeah! Venus 09-29-17
    HeelsYeah! Venus 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I love this story. I didn't want it to end. Great!"

    This was a very enjoyable book I did not want the story to end. My favorite part of the book was when Lou Ling was at the orphanage and fell in love. This is a beautiful love story not only for man and woman but mother and daughter.

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    Amy Lewis-Wallace 08-01-16
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    "Beautiful story"

    Slow start but about half way through was addicted to the story and what came next. Left me happy and smiling.

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    Anne Lakewood, CO, United States 06-23-16
    Anne Lakewood, CO, United States 06-23-16 Member Since 2010
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    "A new favorite"

    One of the few books I have started listening too again just after I finished it the first time. A fascinating story, well told and interesting. Well worth the listen.

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