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    • The One-Straw Revolution

    • An Introduction to Natural Farming
    • By: Masanobu Fukuoka, Larry Korn
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96

    Call it "Zen and the Art of Farming" or a "Little Green Book", Masanobu Fukuoka's manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book "is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fukuoka Hits a Home-Run.

    • By philip d henderson on 06-23-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • No Longer Human

    • By: Osamu Dazai
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life, even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings. Oba Yozo's attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a "clown" to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Reassuring in its bare-boned humanity

    • By Michael - Audible Editor on 07-19-17

    Regular price: $17.49

    • To Live

    • A Novel
    • By: Yu Hua, Michael Berry
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    This searing novel, originally banned in China but later named one of that nation's most influential books, portrays one man's transformation from the spoiled son of a landlord to a kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family's fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow!

    • By Phillip King on 05-30-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • City of Ink: A Mystery

    • Li Du Series, Book 3
    • By: Elsa Hart
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    Li Du was prepared to travel anywhere except for one place: home. But to solve the mystery that surrounds his mentor’s execution, that’s where he must go. He is beginning to make progress with his task when his search for answers buried in the past is interrupted by murder in the present....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved all three books!

    • By JLS on 09-16-18

    Regular price: $35.69

    • The Samurai's Garden

    • A Novel
    • By: Gail Tsukiyama
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Gail Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely Pleasant

    • By Kim J Hood on 08-24-17

    Regular price: $26.59

    • Every Falling Star

    • The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
    • By: Sungju Lee, Susan McClelland
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 52

    Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who is forced at age 12 to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly recreates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his "brothers".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting, sad, and inspirational

    • By Janis Creason on 09-17-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • No-No Boy

    • By: John Okada, Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    First published in 1956, No-No Boy was virtually ignored by a public eager to put World War II and the Japanese internment behind them. No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a fictional version of the real-life "no-no boys". Yamada answered "no" twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that interned him and his family, Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle.

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Accusation

    • Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea
    • By: Bandi
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    The Accusation is a deeply moving and eye-opening work of fiction that paints a powerful portrait of life under the North Korean regime. Set during the period of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il's leadership, the seven stories that make up The Accusation give voice to people living under this most bizarre and horrifying of dictatorships. The characters of these compelling stories come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Be Aware this is seven separate stories.

    • By HazelFrances on 01-25-18
    • Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea
    • By: Bandi
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Release date: 04-11-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 49 ratings

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Jade Dragon Mountain

    • A Novel
    • By: Elsa Hart
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 185

    Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the emperor himself. When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting story

    • By Margo on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The White Mirror

    • A Mystery
    • By: Elsa Hart
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    In The White Mirror, Li Du, an imperial librarian and former exile in 18th-century China, is now an independent traveler. He is journeying with a trade caravan bound for Lhasa when a detour brings them to a valley hidden between mountain passes. On the icy planks of a wooden bridge, a monk sits in contemplation. Closer inspection reveals that the monk is dead, apparently of a self-inflicted wound. His robes are rent, revealing a strange symbol painted on his chest.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • another enjoyable murder mystery from Elsa Hart

    • By PeterK on 10-05-17

    Regular price: $25.51

    • The Selected Poems of Li Po

    • By: Li Po, Po Li, David Hinton, and others
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Li Po (AD 701-762) lived in T'ang Dynasty China, but his influence has spanned the centuries: the pure lyricism of his poems has awed readers in China and Japan for over a millennium, and through Ezra Pound’s translations, Li Po became central to the modernist revolution in the West. However ethereal in spirit, his poems remain grounded in the everyday experience we all share. He wrote 1,200 years ago, half a world away, but in his poems we see our world transformed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An intriguing experience

    • By Paula on 02-10-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 47 Ronin

    • By: John Allyn, Stephen Turnbull (foreword)
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 475
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 419
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 426

    For those looking for the real story behind the fictionalized movie account of the 47 Ronin story, this is the definitive, fascinating account of this unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. It led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history, and in the process, created a new set of heroes in Japan.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Neither fish nor....

    • By David on 11-05-14

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Third Son

    • By: Julie Wu
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    It's 1943. As air-raid sirens blare in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, eight-year-old Saburo is in no hurry to go home to the abuse he suffers at the hands of his parents and older brother. In the peach forests of Taoyuan, he encounters Yoshiko, whose loving family is like a glimpse of paradise for him. Their brief meeting is a memory he cherishes from that moment forward, and for years after he tries to locate her again. But when he finally does, she is by the side of his eldest brother and greatest rival.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Death of a Red Heroine

    • Inspector Chen Series, Book 1
    • By: Qiu Xiaolong
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    A young "national model worker," renowned for her adherence to the principles of the Communist Party, turns up dead in a Shanghai canal. As Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Special Cases Bureau struggles to trace the hidden threads of her past, he finds himself challenging the very political forces that have guided his life since birth. Chen must tiptoe around his superiors if he wants to get to the bottom of this crime, and risk his career-perhaps even his life-to see justice done.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Murder, politics and poetry

    • By Donna S. Denio on 05-09-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • A Loyal Character Dancer

    • Inspector Chen Series, Book 2
    • By: Qiu Xiaolong
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Inspector Chen's mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau has assigned him to escort US Marshal Catherine Rohn. Her mission is to bring Wen, the wife of a witness in an important criminal trial, to the United States. Inspector Rohn is already en route when Chen learns that Wen has unaccountably vanished from her village in Fujian. Or is this just what he is supposed to believe? Chen resents his role; he would rather investigate the triad killing in Shanghai's beautiful Bund Park. Li insists that saving face with Inspector Rohn takes priority.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable read

    • By Dawn on 02-18-18

    Regular price: $30.09

    • Rainbirds

    • By: Clarissa Goenawan
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko's sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating Journey of mystery and grief

    • By Diana H-B on 05-07-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Tong Wars

    • The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York's Chinatown
    • By: Scott D. Seligman
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. The New York DA was running out of ideas, and more people were dying every day as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets to automatic weapons and even bombs. Welcome to New York City's Chinatown in 1925.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting read

    • By Charles on 03-02-17
    • The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York's Chinatown
    • By: Scott D. Seligman
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 07-14-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

    Regular price: $26.59

    • The Road to Sleeping Dragon

    • Learning China from the Ground Up
    • By: Michael Meyer
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In 1995, at the age of 23, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean's orders, jumped into teaching his students about the Enlightenment, the stock market, and Beatles lyrics. Soon he realized his Chinese counterparts were just as bewildered by China's changes as he was.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good insight, well told

    • By Jimmer on 04-05-18

    Regular price: $30.09

    • The Barefoot Lawyer

    • A Blind Man's Fight for Justice and Freedom in China
    • By: Chen Guangcheng
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    It was like a scene out of a thriller: one morning in April 2012, China's most famous political activist - a blind, self-taught lawyer - climbed over the wall of his heavily guarded home and escaped. Days later, he turned up at the American embassy in Beijing, and only a furious round of high-level negotiations made it possible for him to leave China and begin a new life in the United States. Chen Guangcheng is a unique figure on the world stage, but his story is even more remarkable than anyone knew.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Stupendous story of perseverance

    • By Gracez on 08-29-17

    Regular price: $25.51

    • The Guest Cat

    • By: Takashi Hiraide
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    A couple in their 30s live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo; they work at home, freelance copy-editing; they no longer have very much to say to one another. But one day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. It leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. Soon they are buying treats for the cat and enjoying talks about the animal and all its little ways. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife - the days have more light and color.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Novel As Poetry

    • By Sara on 06-29-17

    Regular price: $17.49

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