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Extended Audio Sample The Joy Luck Club (Unabridged), by Amy Tan
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (346,048 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Tan Narrator: Gwendoline Yeo Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN:
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In 1949, four Chinese women drawn together by the shadow of their past begin meeting in San Francisco to play Mah Jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and say stories. Nearly 40 years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember.

In this extraordinary first work of fiction, Amy Tan writes about what is lost over the years - between generations, among friends - and what is saved. 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 Donna Bijas | 2/12/2014

    " 4.5 and such a great story. loved the relationships between mothers and daughters and the 4 friends. an early yaya sisterhood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle Brojakowski | 2/12/2014

    " again... kind of interesting... just took too long to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chorvelynne | 2/6/2014

    " EPIC! The different lives of Chinese women, colourful, riveting and ever so mysterious. What is so exciting about this book is the comparison between mother and daughter. They are not only separated by a generation but a country as well. One grew up in the traditional and war-stricken world of China and the other knew nothing but comfort with a bit of criticism in the streets of San Francisco. I cannot help but think of my own mother. How she is to me and how she constantly reminds me that her generation was way better than mine. And how a mother's judgement is both a daughter's enemy and best friend. The culture is another highlight of these stories. The best way to learn about a country is from its people. The Joy Luck Club, where mah-jong tiles are 'washed', good food is served and where each and every member tries their hardest to hold on. "

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

    " The historical aspects of this book are very interesting to read about. The stories of the different women were intriguing. Joy Luck Club is a great book that was made into a respectable movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 1/26/2014

    " What I liked the most about "The Joy Luck Club" was the many point of views Amy Tan demonstrated of the four Chinese American families. Although it may seem confusing to follow eight characters, it definitely helped me understand where the two generations (the mother and daughter) were coming from. So the different perspectives of the characters left me unbiased, and I learned the experience of the life as a newly Chinese American. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nan | 1/25/2014

    " My first Amy Tan. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 1/21/2014

    " I recently reread this title for book club - as with all Amy Tan's books, she does a seamless job of jumping between the past and present day, and the conflict between ancient traditions and applying them to contemporary life. Her characters are thoughtful and interesting - she is a wonderful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/12/2014

    " Loved it. Very close to the movie. Still cried a bit at the end. Very touching mother / daughter stories. Maybe because I enjoy this movie so much, to me this book is comforting. Like going home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 1/9/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. Real insight into the struggles of children born in our culture with parents from another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KatieSuzanne | 12/16/2013

    " I grew up in the Bay Area with so many first generation friends. Their Chinese, Vietnamese, or various other county parents always seemed kooky or excentric and backwards but now as an adult I wish I'd heard some of their stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Bucy | 11/24/2013

    " Read this book in high school and watched the movie-- loved both. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie Jo Gladding | 10/29/2013

    " It was a good book, we had to read it for school though which always takes the fun out of it. However, it had a good plot line and a good background of symbolism and chinese culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 9/28/2013

    " I love her characters and their relationships with family. The idea of a daughter being able to learn about her mother as a young woman and step into her shoes with her friends is something to ponder. It brings old and new together in a new light. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne Z | 9/17/2013

    " There were some very interesting stories in the book, but I did have to read it for school. I would have never read it otherwise, and the book was pretty dull in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Kilmer | 9/3/2013

    " I liked reading about all the different mother/daughter relationships and comparing them to my own life. I am not really that interested in Chinese culture though, so sometimes it got a little boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie Marks | 10/16/2012

    " My view is tainted by the fact that I listened to the book, downloaded from my library. I'm guessing it was abridged because it was so disjointed that it was hard to get any real story out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 9/5/2011

    " This is my favorite Amy Tan novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameille | 8/26/2011

    " The opening paragraph of this book brought tears to my eyes. The struggles between mothers and daughters and the hopes/dreams of mothers to see their daughters safe, happy and loved transcends all cultures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Potter | 5/11/2011

    " Read this some time ago but reread due to it being on my son's summer reading list - so we could discuss. We enjoyed talking to each other as these Chinese mothers talked to their daughters - "you shame family", "you no try hard enough", :-). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andie | 5/9/2011

    " Not for everyone but an absolutely beautiful and touching read. A must read for all moms and daughters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 11/29/2010

    " Love books about mothers and daughters even when they are not not steryotipicical "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/28/2010

    " pretty good, but not my favorite Amy Tan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 4/21/2009

    " It's been such a long time that I have read this book but I do remember how important it was for me when I did read it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Warner | 12/29/2007

    " I read this book years ago, but it still crosses my mind from time to time. A very good story. "

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