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    • The Joy Luck Club

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Gwendoline Yeo
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 995
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 993

    Four Chinese women, drawn together by the shadow of their past, meet in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and to "say" stories to each other. Nearly 40 years later, one of the women has died, and her daughter arrives to take her place. However, the daughter never expected to learn of her mother's secret lifelong wish - and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation creates among the women an urgent need to remember the past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • nice read

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-12-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Valley of Amazement

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,258
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,918
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,940

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Life in a Courtesan house.

    • By Kristi R. on 01-02-14

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Where the Past Begins

    • A Writer's Memoir
    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Amy Tan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 77

    Moving from her childhood in Oakland and growing up with her Chinese parents through her success as a novelist, Amy Tan delves into her creative interests in music, the paralysis of beginning a new project, journal writing, and travelling. Where the Past Begins chronicles the making of a writer. With characteristic humor and poignant observation, Tan weaves a nontraditional introspective narrative that is as complex and vibrant as this beloved American novelist's fiction.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I couldn't get through it

    • By D. Berry on 12-07-17

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Kitchen God's Wife

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Gwendoline Yeo
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194

    Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than 50 years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose all that has been concealed, when she decides to celebrate the Chinese New Year by unburdening herself of everybody's hidden truths - her own and Winnie's, as well as the dreadful news that Winnie's daughter, Pearl, has been keeping from her mother.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narration unintentionally funny

    • By Morticia Addams on 10-29-16

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Saving Fish from Drowning

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Amy Tan
    • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 409
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 179

    Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma. But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • one of my favorites

    • By bulldoglady on 01-26-09

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Amy Tan, Joan Chen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 850
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 419
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 427

    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. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Touching Story

    • By Casey Keller on 11-02-06

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Hundred Secret Senses

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Amy Tan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Could not listen

    • By DQmaine on 04-13-16

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Opposite of Fate

    • Memories of a Writing Life
    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Amy Tan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    Amy Tan has touched millions of people with haunting and sympathetic novels of cultural complexity and profound empathy. With the same spirit and humor that characterize her acclaimed novels, she now shares her insight into her own life and how she escaped the curses of her past to make a future of her own. She takes us on a journey from her childhood of tragedy and comedy to the present day and her arrival as one of the world's best-loved novelists.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My first Tan Book

    • By JRT on 03-16-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Selected Shorts: American Classics

    • By: Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
    • Narrated by: Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic classics

    • By Michael on 08-30-12

    Regular price: $19.60

    • The Kitchen God's Wife

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Amy Tan
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    Winnie Louie and Helen Kwong have always shared secrets, but now Helen wants to reveal them. Helen is convinced she is dying and decides to celebrate what might be her last Chinese New Year by telling all the secrets of her life, as well as Winnie Louie's and those of Winnie's daughter Pearl. There are some things, however, that Pearl would rather her mother didn't know. The result of Helen's tell-all mood is a series of comic misunderstandings and heartbreaking realizations about luck, loss, and trust.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Audio is horrible!

    • By Stephen on 01-22-08

    Regular price: $11.17

    • The Moon Lady

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Amy Tan
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Three sisters listen to their grandmother recount a mesmerizing childhood memory on a rainy afternoon. The long, complex story, filled with danger and excitement, relates what happened when Ying-ying was seven and celebrating the Moon Festival in China. On that long-ago night of the Moon Festival, she encountered the Moon Lady, who grants the secret wishes of those who ask.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • This is a short story, not a novel

    • By M. C. Thomas on 08-14-10

    Regular price: $2.95

    • Rules for Virgins

    • Wherein Magic Gourd Advises Young Violet on How to Become a Popular Courtesan While Avoiding Cheapskates, False Love, and Suicide
    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    Amy Tan takes us deep into the illicit world of 1912 Shanghai, where beautiful courtesans mercilessly compete for the patronage of wealthy gentlemen. For the women, the contest is deadly serious, a perilous game of economic survival that, if played well, can set them up for life as mistresses of the rich and prominent. There is no room for error, however: Erotic power is hard to achieve and harder to maintain, especially in the loftiest social circles. Enter veteran seducer, Magic Gourd, formerly one of Shanghai’s “Top Ten Beauties” and now the advisor and attendant of Violet, an aspiring but inexperienced courtesan.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it - oh so briefly!

    • By Quiltrobin on 11-14-13
    • Wherein Magic Gourd Advises Young Violet on How to Become a Popular Courtesan While Avoiding Cheapskates, False Love, and Suicide
    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Release date: 07-09-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 96 ratings

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Chinese Siamese Cat

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Amy Tan
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Amy Tan's light, airy voice engages the listener as if sharing a bedtime story. The naughty white kitten, Sagwa, comes from a long line of royal Chinese cats. Her mischief changes the spirit of the cruel magistrate and future for her ancestors. A beautifully written story about why Siamese cats are really Chinese and why their faces, ears, paws and tails turn darker as they grow up.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Only 19 minutes

    • By L Lund on 04-11-15

    Regular price: $10.46

    • First Words

    • Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors
    • By: Margaret Atwood, Roy Blount Jr., Pat Conroy, and others
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould, Kevin McCarthy, Judith Ivey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Most kids write stories. Only a few of them grow up to be successful authors. But before there was Carrie, there was Jhonathan and the Witchs. And before there was Rabbit Angstrom, Toyota Dealer, there was Manuel Cirarro, famous detective. Could we have seen the seeds of success in Stephen King's and John Updike's juvenilia? A funny and surprisingly informative gathering of childhood creations by today's most celebrated writers.

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Amy Tan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
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    In Where the Past Begins, best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate in revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • By: Amy Tan
    • Narrated by: Pik-Sen Lim, Lorelei King
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    LuLing Young is now in her 80s, and finally beginning to feel the effects of old age. Trying to hold on to the evaporating past, she begins to write down all that she can remember of her life as a girl in China. Meanwhile, her daughter Ruth, a ghostwriter for authors of self-help books, is losing the ability to speak up for herself in front of the man she lives with. LuLing can only look on, helpless: her prickly relationship with her daughter does not make it easy to discuss such matters.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • a cultural awakener

    • By katherine on 01-03-12

    Regular price: $7.22