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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ha Jin Narrator: Angela Lin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781461847076
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Author Ha Jin’s celebrated works have claimed several top literary awards, including three Pushcart Prizes. In Nanjing Requiem, the Japanese are poised to invade Nanjing. The dean of Jinling Women’s College, Minnie Vautrin mistakenly believes her American citizenship will protect the school. But Vautrin’s life becomes a daily struggle as the school becomes a refugee camp—and the slaughter of refugees begins. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Jin paints a convincing, harrowing portrait of heroism in the face of brutality. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martie Nees Record | 2/17/2014

    " My favorite kind of novel, a historical fiction with characters who actually lived the events described. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lars | 2/16/2014

    " This is pretty good if you need pseudo-fiction dialog. But you're better off reading Iris Chang's Rape of Nanking if you can handle to semi-academic dryness. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pauline | 1/20/2014

    " did not like author's style of writing. seemed amatuerish and not engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/16/2014

    " Fascinating account of genocide in China by Japan (in fiction genre). The Rape of Nanking is more powerful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya | 1/2/2014

    " The emotional center just seemed off in this book. Can't quite put my finger on why but it lacked the emotional resonance of his other novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzette | 12/15/2013

    " I liked this much more than I thought I would, particularly given other reviews. Also, I didn't like Waiting and Crazed that much. I found this story very engrossing once you get over the stilted style issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C | 10/27/2013

    " Historical fiction. First person narrative of Aling was less appealing...would have preferred third person narrative. Minnie Vautrin's trials were tragic and well portrayed. Needed more character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 10/10/2013

    " Flat characters, convenient wind up at end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/29/2013

    " The invasion of Nanjing in devastating detail. Historical fiction . . . yet really difficult to read knowing it is based on fact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 5/21/2013

    " Not as interesting as I thought it would be. I have to read the non-fiction Rape of Nanking now. I thought this one was non-fiction, but it was "based on" actual events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Pearcy | 2/13/2012

    " Grim tale of life in china during the Japanese invasion. Small wonder the Chinese hate the Japanese. Craftily written such that one is focused on the main character rather than the narrator until the last page. Then wham. I think it's his best work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 11/5/2011

    " Just couldn't get into it, but it may have been my state of mind at the time. If this book seems interesting to you, don't go by my rating. "

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About the Author
Author Ha Jin

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of eight novels, four story collections, a book of essays, and six books of poetry. He received the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, the PEN/ Hemingway Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the Flannery O’Connor Award, among others. His novel War Trash was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2014 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is director of the creative writing program at Boston University.

About the Narrator

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.