The Hundred Secret Senses

By: Amy Tan
Narrated by: Amy Tan
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (175 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Amy Tan unfolds a series of family secrets that question the connections between fate, beliefs and hopes, memory and imagination, and the natural gifts of our hundred secret senses.

Years after her Chinese half sister assails her with ghost stories set in the mysterious world of Yin, a young woman finds herself in China, looking for a way to reconcile the ghosts of her past with the dreams of her future. Follow her journey, learn the truth about love, and rediscover the natural gift of your hundred secret senses.

©1995 Amy Tan (P)1995, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

Critic Reviews

"Kwan, in particular, is a memorable creation.... She emerges as a character at once innocent and wise, the relative Olivia both suffers and relies upon. Kwan gently forces Olivia to face the worst in herself and, in doing so, to find her strengths. We could all do with such a sister." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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Could not listen

I love Amy Tan's books but the quality of this recording is horrible. I guess it is because it was remastered from an old recording. After listening to many audible books with crisp, wonderful performances, this was like listening to a radio station that wasn't coming in very clearly. I didn't even get through the first chapter. I am very disappointed and would like my money back!

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Very poor sound quality, this book is impossible to hear as the sound quality is too poor. Please refund the book.

Poor sound quality unable to understand the reader first time this has happened with audible

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Terrible Sound!!!!

This seems to be an old recording. The sound quality is horrible. had the volume all the way up, but the overall recording is just very poor. But the story is awesome, the narrator is great. I listened to the CD version years ago, and just wanted to revisit this via audible. Very disappointed in the sound quality.

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Decent book Poor sound

I enjoyed the story but found my self continually increasing the volume because the sound quality was poor which made it difficult to discern accented speach.

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Enthralling story keeps reader's interest

This was an interesting read that compels the reader to keep turning pages. The most common of humans are slowly translated into extraordinary beings. A release of the power of the human mind that transcends the characters in the book to be incorporated into the reader.

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All time favorite

One of my all time favorite books. Love love love! First read hard copy many years ago after my aunt introduced me to Amy Tan, I was still a teenager. One of those rare and beautiful stories that touches the heart and holds on forever. Keeps you heavily engaged as it's many tales within a story of two sisters and past life friends. This book should definitely be made into a movies as Joy Luck club, Also an excellent book but not as good as "The hundred secret Senses".
Very well narrated as well by the author.

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So special

This book and The Bonesetter's Daughter are everything a sublime book ought to be. Thank you Amy Tan.

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Amazing story, but terribly bad audio quality

I love everything that Amy Tan does and this I will add to the reasons why. My only criticism is that the audio quality is very poor for Audible's usual standard and that was a bit disappointing

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do not purchase!

I can not tell if it's good or bad the narrator is impossible to understand!

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loved!!!

funny and poignant! Amy Tan never disappoints with her amazing identity-seeking, relationship-driven novels. I love the Chinese history and modern day American issues she addresses.

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  • Dora
  • 04-15-20

Great story and narration but poor sound quality

This is just a friendly warning to those who listen to audiobooks mostly in their car: the sound quality is quite poor at times and I could not increase the volume above the noise of my engine (which is not noisy at all). I listened to this book mostly when I was out walking because that way I could hear the narration better. Beautiful storytelling, I loved hearing Amy Tan's own narration, she has the perfect voice for her own stories.

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  • carolin ellwood
  • 02-12-20

Best story but poor recording

I love this bookend will definitely listen to it again even though the recording is just terrible

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  • Julia Lever
  • 11-05-19

Another wonderful Amy Tan book!

This book was interesting from beginning to end and so well read. The characters were so real and individual.