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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (102 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lin Zhe Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469200804
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Lin Zhe is one of China’s foremost authors. In this gripping novel, Zhe incorporates the War of Resistance against Japan, New China’s arduous journey from Liberation in 1949 through Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and up to the present day to form a compelling backdrop for her portrayal of three generations of a Chinese family struggling to survive war, revolutionary politics, the demands of a timeless patriarchal social order, and the conflict between family obligations and individual aspirations. With the smooth translation by George A. Fowler, listeners are immediately engrossed in this fast-paced story that covers a century of change in every aspect of life in China. Whether the book’s characters are in the far reaches of western China or small-town California, we share their loves and their hopes, their terrors and despair, and, finally, their survival and evolution.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raquel Martin | 2/20/2014

    " I bought this book to read while traveling in China, but it was a big disappointment. I almost put it aside several times, but finally plodded through. It did give a good view of the period during which it was written -- the transition from imperial government in China through the internal struggle for power that resulted in Mao taking over. "

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

    " This was a very good book but it took me forever to read. Maybe it's because it takes place in China and I know nothing about their history.............also, instead of names they go buy "second sister" or "ninth brother". None the less, this was a good book and I learned some stuff about China I didn't know before. "

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

    " Took a while but thoroughly enjoyed the story. You really feel like you are in China experiencing the culture and way of life. The modern stryline was a bit hard to follow but I really enjoyed the parts set in China. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 12/28/2013

    " interesting look at how life has changed in China. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 12/15/2013

    " I thought there was too many gratuitous references to being Christian. It was a turn off for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/2/2013

    " I would have given this a 4, but it really started to drag on too long. Otherwise, it was a really beautiful story. "

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

    " There is something about family dynamics during revolution and chaos. I have great respect for the family structure of the chinese and especially their mothers. They are called "Tiger Mom" for good reason. Under those bowed heads there is iron and steel! Don't count them out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Czoshea001 | 12/1/2013

    " The story line was good. The writing was too drawn out. It took a long time to finish it. "

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

    " At almost 700 pages it was a LONG read with too few historical details. How could the author glaze over the 'barefoot doctor' without an explanation but wax lyrical about the rice porridge ?. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Marx | 10/24/2013

    " A nice view into the grand cultural changes of China in the 20th century. It's interesting to see how the larger political storms affect local families. But, probably because it's translated, I often found the writing disengaged or sterile, with confusing leaps in time and a plodding pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 8/19/2013

    " I think it lost something in the translation. Tedious in parts, the modern day story didn't work for me. But still very readable. Always interesting to learn more about 20th/21st century China from an individual perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia Cal | 8/8/2013

    " Very tedious reading. I had a hard time reading, as I kept falling asleep. To much description, so I would skip to dialogue. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 7/30/2013

    " Just couldn't get into it - tried for 5 chapters and gave up "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luanne | 6/24/2013

    " I thought I was going to like this because I enjoy reading the multi-generational stories that take place in China, but I just could not finish this one....BORING! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 5/17/2013

    " It was an ok read, interesting history of China. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Murphy | 4/18/2013

    " A multigenerational saga about a family in China. It begins in 1930 and it covers 50 years in the life of a poor Chinese family. I loved the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Kauffman | 3/26/2013

    " I just couldn't get through this book... and I ALWAYS finish a book that I start! "

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