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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Uyen Nicole Duong Narrator: Leslie Bellair Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469243085
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Uyen Nicole Duong’s Daughters of the River Huong takes listeners on a century-long journey into the extraordinary history of Vietnam, all seen through the eyes of Simone, a precocious and passionate teenager who reveals the lives of her Vietnamese ancestors. Beginning with Huyen Phi, the Mystique Concubine from the extinct Kingdom of Champa, to her daughters, Madame Cinnamon and Ginseng, and finally to Simone’s own mother, Duong gives listeners a compelling, historic, and sometimes voyeuristic view into a world few have experienced. From the monarchy to French colonialism, from American intervention to the fall of Saigon and Communist rule, the lives of these women are profoundly changed by history…and perhaps history is changed by them. The writing is poetic, the stories gripping, and whether you are a lover of romance, history, or the human condition, this novel delivers. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/11/2013

    " loved it ... traveling thru so many lives and so many times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 3/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a nice story of 4 generations of women. There were times that I felt lost in some of the more abstract chapters, but overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 3/10/2013

    " I liked this book. Very interesting facts about Vietnam in the 60's and 70's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George Bradford | 3/7/2013

    " Don't let this less than original and often predictable story prevent you from experiencing Uyen Duong's writing. She has the gift. Her writing skill level is as high as any I've ever enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/23/2013

    " Excellent writing. The story of four generations of women in Vietnam from the time of Royalty and the French Occupation through the fall of Saigon and beyond. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/10/2013

    " really good until the last two chapters--seemed like she was rushing the ending....weird... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/6/2013

    " I loved this book. I'm not sure if it would have touched me as much as it did if I hadn't been to many of the places in Vietnam where the story took place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 1/21/2013

    " I liked the transposition of different stories, but I didn't feel very connected with the narrator at any point. She was kind of tunnel-visioned compared to her ancestors. The Mystique Concubine was awesome though. I wish there had been an appendix with historical data. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meryl | 12/12/2012

    " I enjoyed the first half, but once the stories of the previous generation were done, the story dragged. Still, I enjoyed the history and the glimpse into Vietnamese culture. "

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About the Author

Uyen Nicole Duong was born in Vietnam and emigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen, a political refugee from a country torn apart by war. She earned a BS in communication and journalism from Southern Illinois University, a law degree from the University of Houston, and a Master of Laws degree from Harvard. She was also trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena. She has been a journalist, public education administrator, attorney, law professor, and a self-taught painter whose work focuses on l’Art Brut. The author resides in Houston, Texas.

About the Narrator

Leslie Bellair is a voice-over artist, stage and film actor, trained singer, and certified speech-language pathologist. Her voice can be heard on the iPhone application “Diss Crazy!,” the online game “Back to the Cubeture 2,” various audio books published for Audible, Inc., Carina Press, and Oxford Press, as well as the short animated Christmas movie An Elf’s Story. Her professional musical theater work in the Atlanta area has greatly contributed to the characterizations and versatility she brings to the voice-over mic.