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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Tan Narrator: Amy Tan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma.

But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers as they come to discover that the Burma Road is paved with less-than-honorable intentions, questionable food, and tribal curses. Then, on Christmas morning, eleven of the travelers boat across a misty lake for a sunrise cruise - and disappear.

Drawing from the current political reality in Burma and woven with pure confabulation, Amy Tan's picaresque novel poses the question: How can we discern what is real and what is fiction, in everything we see? How do we know what to believe?

Saving Fish from Drowning finds sly truth in the absurd: a reality TV show called Darwin's Fittest, a repressive regime known as SLORC, two cheroot-smoking twin children hailed as divinities, and a ragtag tribe hiding in the jungle - where the sprites of disaster known as Nats lurk, as do the specters of the fabled Younger White Brother and a British illusionist who was not who he was worshipped to be.

With her signature idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery (Los Angeles Times), Amy Tan spins a provocative and mesmerizing tale about the mind and the heart of the individual, the actions we choose, the moral questions we might ask ourselves, and above all, the deeply personal answers we seek when happy endings are seemingly impossible. Download and start listening now!

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

    " When I read the plot synopsis, I had very definite doubts about this book. However, I enjoyed it. It's not something I would ever reread, but I might recommend it to someone who likes reading books about different places. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janice | 1/29/2014

    " Our book club (12 members) read this and all agreed disliked it. You can't help wondering how people could be so stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ewa Krzeminska | 1/22/2014

    " It's a refreshing delight to be reading Amy Tan! ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence Primrose | 1/16/2014

    " This was a story that was fun to read. A San Francisco art patron, Bibi had organized a trip along the Burma Road for eleven of her friends to experience the culture, beauty, and sights of western China and Burma. However although Bibi died the group mdecided to go. The story is amusing as they encounter difficulties not anticipated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ninya | 1/8/2014

    " This is my 4th book by Amy Tan, which I enjoyed reading (same as the prev. ones) although disappointing for the author who has written good stories. This is a story narrated by a recently dead person named Bibi Chen, who is a very art-loving person. The beginning chapters were a little bit boring because it mainly tells you about information (not even related to the next chapters) and Amy Tan descriptions were too long and I should say very "artful," though I'm not the kind of person who's into art that much as the narrator, Bibi Chen. At first, you'd get confused on who's who and what their backgrounds are but in the middle of the story, you'll understand who they all are and would not, anymore, get confused with the many characters in the story. The blurb (almost) summarizes the entire main parts in the book. There were funny parts (especially in the part where they get stuck in the "No Name Place"), "sexy" parts, romantic, mesmerizing, scary, almost all of the story kinds! Overall, not a bad book to be read. As usual with Amy Tan's books, there are many lessons to be learned in the whole story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Schonewise | 1/2/2014

    " Admittedly I started this book because some of the action takes place near my daughter's birthplace. It's an interesting journey through superstition mixed with an historical event. Told from the point of view of a tour director(which I've been) who is dead (which I haven't been). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 1/1/2014

    " I liked it...wasn't my fave my far...very drawn out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/26/2013

    " Not what I thought it was... but it was still a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Clayton | 12/20/2013

    " Incredible. Her best novel, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/18/2013

    " Very different from Tan's other books and it took me awhile to get into it, but overall I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gale Howell | 12/2/2013

    " A good story, but can drag at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elina | 11/28/2013

    " An adventure in Burma!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thalia | 11/22/2013

    " This novel occilated between mediocre and some what interesting so it really didn't capture me at all. While it wasn't painful, it was anti-climatic and not particularily note worthy in any fashion. Disappointing. It seems that Joy Luck Club is a tough act to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie Becerra | 11/17/2013

    " Too much detail, it seems like I was clodding along, trying to read a history book. I liked the ending, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shanna | 11/16/2013

    " I was really disappointed in this book, especially after loving all of Amy Tan's previous books. The plot dragged a lot from the beginning and a quarter of the way into it, I hadn't the faintest idea where this story was supposed to be going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Lawlor | 11/6/2013

    " This was a tricky book to get into. I guess my mind expected books similar to her earlier ones. Not so! Once I realized it was silly and fun, I relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the story. Quite an interesting trek with a group of tourists through China and Burma. I am glad I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don | 10/8/2013

    " I like Amy Tan, but this one... well, I didn't like the characters very much. Too whiney, or too selfish, or... The writing is good, but it just didn't do much for me this time. Oh well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiruba Tuba | 8/30/2013

    " This book is more like 3.75. I enjoyed it but became frustrated at times with the storyline. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeans77 | 8/18/2013

    " Couldn't finish this one. I thought the characters were very confusing and I had a hard time keeping them straight. I kept hoping it would get better, but half way though I gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/22/2013

    " INTERESTING approach - story told by a ghost who was supposed to be on this vacation with a group of friends who disappear. A real variety of personalties but all interesting. Thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Whidden | 3/26/2013

    " Really liked this book. Thought it was great that it talked about the plants and peoples of different countries. Great read! Would recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristina | 9/11/2012

    " Really enjoyed it. From the quotations on the first page to the craziness of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 9/5/2012

    " Fascinating insights on Burma or is it Myanmar? The descriptions are witty and ironic. Lots of cultural references. Very drole but sad too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnsergeant | 5/19/2012

    " I very much enjoyed this as an audiobook! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah White | 4/8/2012

    " Very strange book, not at all what I expected. I usually like 'strange' but this one I had to work at finishing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathyleistner Leistner | 1/18/2012

    " Concept of book interesting. Some of the characters were too predictable or did not make sense. Last third was slow reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Lindsay | 12/25/2011

    " Eh . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 12/22/2011

    " I liked this book however it is definitely unlike any other book by Amy Tan. I thought the story was interesting and the characters were definitely quirky. Some aspects were a bit far-fecthed i.e. going into jungle with strangers.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy Downing | 10/2/2011

    " It took me a while to fully dig into this book, but by the end I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Channell | 9/13/2011

    " Great spiritual book. You have to read all the intro stuff to "get it"....so don't begin without reading this. Happy reading. I am on to #2....about Native Americans. ctc "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 6/28/2011

    " Reading this book was like swimming through molasses. S L O W. I was never captivated by the characters or the story. Miracle I finished the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/9/2011

    " Excellent. I love Amy Tan and this book was just as good as Joy Luck Club "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 6/9/2011

    " I couldn't finish this. I'm not saying it wasn't good but could not get interested in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bedford | 6/7/2011

    " Just started reading, but I am enjoying so far... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita | 6/5/2011

    " I was extremely disappointed in this book because I love Amy Tan. I didn't finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/2/2011

    " I thought this was a good story but it was a little far-fetched. It was hard to believe that a tribe in the remote jungle of Burma would be watching a reality show on TV wishing they had their own reality show. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alaina | 5/24/2011

    " Very misleading, couldnt even read the last few pages I was so disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anji | 5/24/2011

    " Best thing I've read for a while! A cautionary tale for travelers & the impact of misunderstandings & miscommunication. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/23/2011

    " FINALLY finished this book club book. Just in time not to finish the next book club book. It seemed to go on and on and then the ending felt hurried. I did enjoy the story and the sad symbolism. Okay, enjoy is not the right word. The redundancy of the issues that were to wake us up were duly noted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily | 5/18/2011

    " The characters were engaging and while I didn't like them, I got invested in their story. The story, however, dragged on, and the characters were the only thing that kept me involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yessica | 5/17/2011

    " Interesting at the beginning, but it took it too long to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/16/2011

    " I was a little bit disappointed when I read this story, because it wasn't what I was anticipating at all. That being said, I tried not to judge Amy Tan for her different approach with this story, but I could not bring myself to enjoy it that much. "

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About the Author
Author Amy Tan

Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.