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Peony in Love: A Novel Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Peony in Love: A Novel (Unabridged), by Lisa See
3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa See Narrator: Janet Song Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I finally understand what the poets have written. In spring, moved to passion; in autumn only regret.

For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony has dreams of her own.

Peony's mother is against her daughter's attending the production: Unmarried girls should not be seen in public. But Peony's father assures his wife that proprieties will be maintained, and that the women will watch the opera from behind a screen. Yet through its cracks, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man with hair as black as a cave and is immediately overcome with emotion.

So begins Peony's unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow as Lisa See's haunting novel, based on actual historical events, takes readers back to 17th-century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed.

Steeped in traditions and ritual, this story brings to life another time and place, and even the intricate realm of the afterworld, with its protocols, pathways, and stages of existence, a vividly imagined place where one's soul is divided into three, ancestors offer guidance, misdeeds are punished, and hungry ghosts wander the earth.

Immersed in the richness and magic of the Chinese vision of the afterlife, transcending even death, Peony in Love explores, beautifully, the many manifestations of love. Ultimately, Lisa See's new novel addresses universal themes: the bonds of friendship, the power of words, and the age-old desire of women to be heard. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Margaret | 5/22/2011

    " Not nearly as good as Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, though many aspects of the novel will stick with me for a long time. The plot took many unexpected twists and turns, and I was glad I hadn't heard too much about the book before reading it, or I might not have enjoyed it as much as I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Chrisula | 5/20/2011

    " I generally enjoyed the book. At times it dragged a little, but that seemed like a parallel for me in what the main character was going through. I am a fan of Lisa See and glad I picked this one up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Carrie | 5/17/2011

    " I loved this book. It's a great love story. I read it years ago but definitely remember it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Gail | 5/12/2011

    " Halfway through and cannot read it anymore. Too frustrating, too depressing, too unrealistic. Apparently in the entire second half of the book Peony is a ghost roaming earth......can't do it. "

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