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3.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 5 3.11 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yiyun Li Narrator: various narrators, James Yaegashi, Angela Lin, Jennifer Ikeda, Jackie Chung Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781449808778
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Author Yiyun Li, honored as one of Granta’s 21 Best Young American Novelists under age 35, continues her illustrious career with this insightful collection of short stories. With compelling visions of the scrapes and unpleasant situations in which people find themselves, Li’s works trigger emotional responses of all types—whether through a tale of unrequited love, an unburdening of guilt, or something else entirely. These heartrending stories are certain to strike a chord with listeners as they recognize aspects of their own lives. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Further proof that Li deserves to be considered among the best living fiction writers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Each narrator brings his or her story’s characters to life with unemotional voices that seem appropriate for Li’s emotionally stunted characters. The weight of the unhappiness central to each tale makes this a collection one will want to experience slowly, a story at a time, with a breather between.”


  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book
  • A 2010 Story Prize for Short Fiction Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pia | 4/27/2011

    " The novella was better than the short stories IMO. But on the whole, I didn't think these stories held a candle to Ha Jin's short stories, told around the same time and of the same generation and era. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meghan | 3/28/2011

    " I wanted to enjoy this book, and read through, but I admit that I skimmed parts of it. None of the characters were intriguing and likable -- I found myself indifferent to and bored by their melancholy... "

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

    " This is a book of short stories, and they were so good that I wanted each one to continue. I learned a lot about Chinese culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/2/2011

    " A thread of loneliness connects these stories of the educated in Beijing. Melancholy and ambiguous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 1/21/2011

    " she seems obsessed with the relationship between older women and younger women and older men and younger women or older men. quirky. didn't like this collection as much as her first short story collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 1/21/2011

    " Intelligent, poetic writing. The stories left me sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 1/13/2011

    " Melancholy and spare short stories. Several of them were quite good, and I'll probably read her again in the future, but I found the collection as a whole to be hit-or-miss. The first novella-like story was waaayyy too long, and a few others bored me a little. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 1/8/2011

    " Good collection. Deals alot with issues of parenting, adoption, family dynamics, in a Chinese context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/19/2010

    " a bit depressing for this time of year but the writing is excellent and kept me in the book "

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About the Author
Author Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li is the author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants. A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the recipient of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. In 2007, Granta named her one of the best American novelists under thirty-five. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, A Public Space, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Prize Stories, among others. She teaches writing at the University of California, Davis, and lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and sons.

About the Narrators

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. He is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration, and his voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Angela Lin graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in drama. A critically acclaimed actress, her credits include The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, and As the World Turns, among others.

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Jackie Chung is an actress and Earphones Award-winning narrator. Her acting credits include several short films, as well as appearances in television shows.