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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,974 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anchee Min Narrator: Angela Lin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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An internationally best-selling author, Anchee Min draws upon her Chinese heritage to pen lush historical epics. Here she transports listeners to the Far East for a fictionalized account of acclaimed author Pearl Buck's youth.

Arriving in late 19th-century China with her missionary parents, Buck is soon fascinated by her new home and strikes up a friendship with a young Chinese girl named Willow. The two become inseparable, even as civil war, failed relationships, and world conflicts threaten all they hold dear.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Heskin | 2/14/2014

    " I had just finished "the Good Earth" before reading this book, and had only recently discovered Pearl Buck and her remarkable writing. I enjoyed this story enough, but was quite disappointed that the book isn't really about Pearl Buck, but some fictional lives she touched in China. "Pearl Buck through the eyes of the Chinese," according to the author. I'd read Anchee Min before (The Red Azalea) and enjoyed her memoir. But I think I would have appreciated reading a bona fide Pearl Buck biography more, because she did lead a fascinating life. Too bad we didn't get very much of it here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 2/8/2014

    " didn't finish. Insipid writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting in the history of that period in China, but writing a bit plain and forced at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryrhona | 12/30/2013

    " Gave me a better insight and understanding of Pearl S. Buck's writing, but I found the narration slow and tedious. The perspective is of Pearl's childhood friend rather than Pearl herself, which distances the intended topic from the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 12/23/2013

    " I recommend this book to Dolly, I know she would love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 12/17/2013

    " The first part of the book is lovely, but the historical fiction depiction of Pearl Buck gets lost about half way through. The Cultural Revolution and significant events in Chinese history are mashed through without relevance to Pearl;one must suspend reality to follow the fictional characters used to tell Pearl's story. However, the last chapter and visitation of Pearl's grave brought me to tears thinking about how Pearl was Chinese but trapped in America, and thankfully so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody Schwartz | 12/14/2013

    " A fictionalized biography of Pearl Buck. I learned a lot about China. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladybird | 12/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I am now reading The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, who is the Pearl talked about in the book Pearl of China. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 12/3/2013

    " What a pleasure to read after loving The Good Earth. This book moves quickly and is fun to discuss! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 11/18/2013

    " It was a good read with some insight into Buck's life. Although, at times I felt it was somewhat dramatic. The writing was well done, yet simple. All in all, it was a good book about friendship, love, injustice and faith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana C. | 11/12/2013

    " I love an interview I heard with Anchee Min talking about how she had not been allowed to read anything by Pearl S. Buck in communist China. If you loved The Good Earth, this is a nice companion, but the writing isn't as rich. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 10/10/2013

    " I just love Anchee Min. I consider her one of the worlds foremost talented writers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 10/5/2013

    " What a remarkable woman Pearl Buck was! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bella | 9/9/2013

    " Very good book about Pearl Buck "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Yates | 9/5/2013

    " Powerful story of Pearl Buck and her Chinese friend, Willow. Beautiful and heartbreaking story sheds light on women in China, the Cultural Revolution, and especially the extraordinary life of Pearl S Buck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Haman | 9/1/2013

    " This book allowed me to get caught up in the life of a Chinese woman who was friends with Pearl Buck as she was growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/31/2012

    " This was a great historical ficition book. I'm glad I finished it a week before leaving for China to refresh/learn about Chinese history. I didn't love the writing at times, but it was a wondeful story about friendship that spanned decades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leeann | 10/20/2011

    " Beautiful story of an enduring friendship through many struggles and much oppression. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tkal | 9/24/2011

    " Would have been better if the story didn't mention Pearl Buck all the time. The protagonist's life was interesting without Buck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norma | 6/26/2011

    " An interesting read, especially when coupled with the non-fiction "Pearl Buck in China." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 6/12/2011

    " I had been reading Great House by Nicole Krauss and after 150 pages I decided I couldn't take it any longer and decided to turn to this book which was awesome. I loved the storyline and I read it within the weekend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 6/3/2011

    " Loved this novel about Pearl Buck growing up in China and while fiction, feel that a lot of this could be true. Made me want to know more about the time period and made me angry at the way people are treated. This was an audio version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 6/1/2011

    " Interesting historical fiction about Pearl Buck and her life in China and what life was like for the people of China living under warlords and Mao. I liked hearing the story from Willow; that being a Chinese perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 5/27/2011

    " This one might be a good book club pick if the ladies want to talk about China or Pearl S Buck. I thought it was interesting and an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 5/25/2011

    " This was a captivating description of China during a tumultuous transition period. Don't expect a TON of Pearl S. Buck, but do expect to get a great view of the China that she knew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/23/2011

    " Thought it would be more about Pearl Buck. But it wa still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 5/22/2011

    " Historical fiction...Pearl S. Buck and Chinese friends, Communist China, Christianity in China. Involved, well-written. "

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About the Author
Author Anchee Min

Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. At seventeen she was sent to a labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao’s Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a movie actress. She moved to the United States in 1984. Her first memoir, Red Azalea, was an international bestseller, published in twenty countries. She has since published six novels, most recently Pearl of China.

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.