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Mr. and Mrs. Zhang live with their grown son Guisheng who works at a factory. One day an old friend of Mr. Zhang comes to visit the family after having spent years traveling in the mysterious hills of China’s Yunnan Province. He tells the Zhang family of a monkey’s paw that has magical powers to grant three wishes to the holder. Against his better judgement, he reluctantly gives the monkey paw to the Zhang family, along with a warning that the wishes come with a great price for trying to change ones fate.....

Mandarin Companion is a series of easy-to-read novels in Chinese that are fun to read and proven to accelerate language learning. Every book in the Mandarin Companion series is carefully written to use characters, words, and grammar that a learner is likely to know.

Level 1 is written using approximately 300 unique Chinese characters and intended for Chinese learners at an upper-elementary level. Most listeners will be able to approach this book after one to two years of formal study, depending on the listener and program. This series is designed to combine simplicity of characters with an easy-to-understand story line that helps beginners grow their vocabulary and language comprehension abilities. 

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Please note: This audiobook is in Mandarin Chinese.

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Nice listening for practicing comprehension

Interesting story with a decent pace. Vocabulary is perfect for reading comprehension. The narrator is a bit slow and unnatural, but clear.

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Enjoyable

Beautifully read in a clear soft voice. An interesting and different way to listen to Chinese.

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  • 06-21-20

The joys of late-onset extended reading

One’s late seventies are not ideally conducive to getting serious about Chinese especially when it comes to the already significant challenges of recognizing and retaining hanzi. Some simplified readers I had looked at seemed childish or adolescent in substance or were based on Chinese generic expectations. What I wanted was texts that would wrap their meagre budget of words round stories that were interesting and engaging. The Mandarin Companion series, aimed at adult Western learners, hammers away at character repetition but sustains the exhilarating misery that entails by resorting to instantly accessible adventure narratives and proven page-turning features, plundered from tried classics but adapted to Chinese settings. After trying the Sherlock Holmes adaptation, I worked my way through the remaining 7 level-one titles, as well as their level-two texts (alas only 3 published to date). Just as I was gearing up to start going through the whole lot again, I stumbled across Zhang Xiuye’s beautiful, clear and gentle readings of all 8 level-one books on Audible. I am now delighted to be working through them again, adding listening, with or without the text. And I am actually even getting better!