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Download As the Earth Turns Silver Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample As the Earth Turns Silver (Unabridged), by Alison Wong
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Wong Narrator: Heather Bolton Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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It is 1905 and brothers Yung and Shun eke out a living as green grocers near Wellington's bustling Chinatown. The pair work to support their families back in China, but know they must adapt if they are to survive and prosper in their adopted home. Nearby, Katherine McKechnie struggles to raise her rebellious son and daughter following the death of her husband Donald. A strident right-wing newspaperman, Donald terrorised his family, though was idolised by his son. Chancing upon Yung's grocery store one day, Katherine is touched by his unexpected generosity. In time, a clandestine relationship develops between the immigrant and the widow, a relationship Katherine's son Robbie cannot abide. As World War I rolls on, and young men are swept up on a tide of macho patriotism, Robbie takes his family's honour into his own hands. In doing so, he places his mother at the heart of a tragedy that ill affect everyone and everything she holds dear.

Powerful, moving and unforgettable, As the Earth Turns Silver announces the arrival of a bold new voice in contemporary fiction.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 1/28/2014

    " It's a lovely quick read but it didn't really hold my interst for very long. I actually read about 3/4 and just couldn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/22/2014

    " my book club book this month. It is a bonus book for the holidays. It takes place in wellington about 1920. Readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 1/19/2014

    " Really enjoyed this, beautifully written. I loved that it dealt with the chinese immigrants that lived in Wellington prior to WW1, and of course I love to read Kiwi authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 1/7/2014

    " Excellent - and I learnt a lot too. Never knew about the Chinese in New Zealand, and Wong expertly weaves real-life people and events into the narrative. Sad little story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Paul | 12/18/2013

    " This was a lovely but sad book. It has the mark of a poet and touches on a time and section of society i knew nothing about: the Chinese in early 20th Century NZ. A Kiwi Maxine Hong-Kingston? Recommended to all esp. ladies....Anyone else read any books? Any danger? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina Donlan | 12/12/2013

    " Very good insight to the Wellington of Old, warts and all. Beautifully written. Can see why this book has won awards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darkpool | 12/2/2013

    " A really interesting and beautifully written book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Goddard | 11/26/2013

    " A beautiful love story in a background of the prejudices and cultural confinements of the time. Wellington was like one of the cast of characters to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasmeen | 9/30/2013

    " Very beautifully written novel, I must admit though it takes time for it to grow on you and for you to really be aware just how amazing and poetic the writing in this novel is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 8/26/2013

    " Good first time novel by a NZ writer. Very simplistic plot but enjoyable to read and I enjoyed the Wellington history element and inter racial relationship issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bachyboy | 5/20/2013

    " Stunning book - absolutely loved it. Set in late 1800s to 1920s, the book illustrates the plight of the Chinese in NZ and the terrible prejudice they endured. Katherine, a widower, falls for Yung, the local greengrocer, and their affair covers most of the book. Beautifully written and very moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 11/24/2012

    " Well written poignant nz novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CB | 6/15/2012

    " This is a great first novel or second or third even...which shows in a very low key way the racism and prejudice that the Chinese experienced in early new Zealand . Although low key it is powerful in portraying beauty and ugliness "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 5/30/2012

    " This is a lovely story, despite all of its tragedy and heartache. A love story set in Wellington during the early 20th century between a Chinaman and an English women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/29/2012

    " Beautiful book. Very easy to read peppered with poetic portions. Great to take a step into the past and visualise Wellington a hundred years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillipa | 3/8/2012

    " Interesting novel on the tensions between New Zealand Europeans and Chinese immigrants in the early days of Wellington. Sympathetic characters and well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riem | 2/1/2012

    " So Sad. A New Zealand woman falls in love with a Chinese man, just before WW1, when such relationships were highly controversial, and treated with derision and disgust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 12/7/2011

    " A large number of people in Lower Hutt want read this after me. As this library book has lots of reservations I'm going to try it over the long weekend. Labour Day for us this weekend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 9/30/2011

    " Lovely lovely book. Very moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 4/24/2011

    " I enjoyed her style of writing and eloquent descriptions, and that it took place in Wellington!
    I was hoping for a different ending, but the journey was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 2/9/2011

    " This was a lovely but sad book. It has the mark of a poet and touches on a time and section of society i knew nothing about: the Chinese in early 20th Century NZ. A Kiwi Maxine Hong-Kingston? Recommended to all esp. ladies....Anyone else read any books? Any danger? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 1/20/2011

    " Really enjoyed this, beautifully written. I loved that it dealt with the chinese immigrants that lived in Wellington prior to WW1, and of course I love to read Kiwi authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 10/10/2010

    " It's a lovely quick read but it didn't really hold my interst for very long. I actually read about 3/4 and just couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 9/5/2010

    " A very interesting insight into life in Wellington. How New Zealand society has changed in some ways and not in others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 7/14/2010

    " Good first time novel by a NZ writer. Very simplistic plot but enjoyable to read and I enjoyed the Wellington history element and inter racial relationship issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riem | 1/2/2010

    " So Sad. A New Zealand woman falls in love with a Chinese man, just before WW1, when such relationships were highly controversial, and treated with derision and disgust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 10/23/2009

    " A large number of people in Lower Hutt want read this after me. As this library book has lots of reservations I'm going to try it over the long weekend. Labour Day for us this weekend. "

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