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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Tan Narrator: Amy Tan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597105514
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Amy Tan was born into a family that believed in fate. In The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, she explores this legacy, as well as American circumstances, and finds ways to honor the past while creating her own brand of destiny. She discovers answers in everyday actions and attitudes - from writing stories and decorating her house with charms, to dealing with three members of her family afflicted with brain disease and shaking off both family curses and the expectations that she should become a doctor and a concert pianist. With the same spirit, humor, and magic that characterize her beloved novels, Amy Tan presents a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we face today, contemplating how things happen - in her own life and beyond - but always returning to the question of fate and its opposites: the choices, charms, influences, attitudes, and lucky accidents that shape us all. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenna | 2/18/2014

    " This book really gave you an interesting veiw of Amy Tan's life. If you have read any of her books and then read this you really see a lot of similarities between the other books and this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese | 2/14/2014

    " If you're a fan of Amy Tan's books, this is a very interesting and different take on her as it's an autobiography of sorts, though more a collection of her musings, but it's interesting to learn more about what it's like to be an author, etc. Quite good most of the time, though some bits went on a little too long for my taste. Overall, a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/3/2014

    " Funny, insightful, and delightful. "

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

    " Loved this insightful look into the author and her work! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/20/2014

    " So far, I am finding this book fascinating! What a life her mother led, and how she influenced her daughter in Chinese fate, superstition, warnings, expectations, etc. is remarkable. We are lucky that Amy Tan writes for us so we can take a peep into her complicated background. "

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

    " This book contains thoughts by Ms Tan about her writting, career etc, one can gain some insights about how she came to write the books that she has written as well as how her career has developed as a result. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/12/2014

    " I actually found this easier to read and more enjoyable than her novels, which are good but sometimes drag a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 1/4/2014

    " A fascinating memoir. Left me amazed at the resilience of the human spirit and especially impressed with Amy Tan. I've heard of Amy Tan but had not read any of ther fiction. That will change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iris P | 1/1/2014

    " Personal, intentional prose, wonderful reflections on writing and writers. Open and soulbaring, yet carefully so. It left me with an unexpected feeling of connection and sharing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mischa Minkler-Green | 12/25/2013

    " First autobio I've read for fun. It was good. Amy Tan has lime disease. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tera | 12/24/2013

    " I love Amy Tan, well everything but her love for Vladimir Nabokov. Full of great nuggets and insight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janie | 12/21/2013

    " I really like Amy Tan. This book, a collection, of her writings gave me more insight into her background and where she gets her inspirations. There were some interesting parts, some just okay parts and some downright scary parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 12/17/2013

    " Not the exact title of the book I read, but explains more of the content......great to learn from the "musings of a writer" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 12/7/2013

    " A wonderfully written memoir from one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 11/26/2013

    " A collection of essays. I enjoyed hearing about Tan's life, her sad and interesting childhood, and more of her mother, who is entertaining from a distance (I'm glad she wasn't my mother). Fans of her fiction will find plenty to love here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 9/15/2013

    " These are fascinating essays about the dichotomy of fate and faith. She talks about the uncanny happenings that brought about her novels. Even if you haven't read the novels, you can enjoy the essays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Joyce | 7/14/2013

    " I bought this book after hearing Tan speak at Guildford College. She is a very interesting woman and a gifted writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Kim | 4/9/2013

    " after reading many of her novels, this memoir gave more depth into her writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Gadomski | 3/23/2013

    " I listened to this book. It was read by the author. I enjoyed her revelations about why she writes, but most of all I enjoyed her corrections to errors in her history put forth by people on the internet, in scholarly papers, and in interviews. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris A | 3/23/2013

    " Since I have read (or listen to audio) most of her books, I was interested in Amy Tan's life and how she came to write her novels. I enjoy listening to Amy Tan's audio books because she reads them with just the right Chinese accent and/or broken English of her characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Cain | 1/11/2013

    " I really enjoyed it; Amy Tan had a really interesting life and it helps explain what happens in some of her books, such as "The Bonesetter's Daughter." I recommend both books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 9/26/2012

    " This book reminded me why I like Amy Tan. If you are a fan it is a good book to read. She gives her own insights and inspirations to her books in a very down to earth way. And her writing style is just so enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moe | 4/22/2012

    " So far it's ok, I've been picking it up and putting it down for a while.I can see from reading this non fiction book by Amy Tan where she gets some of the inspiration for her fiction novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Somers | 4/4/2012

    " As always, love Amy Tan's writings. I liked how this was stories about her real life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 12/27/2011

    " I don't usually read memoirs, but this book sucked me in and held me. It's worth reading if you're a mother, a daughter, interested in writing, or interested in Chinese-Americans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 12/7/2011

    " I can really get into biographies, and while this isn't exactly a biography, the collection of essays and other items Tan collected here did tell her story pretty well. It was a really interesting read. One I think people would probably like even if they haven't read her fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 11/3/2011

    " I own this book but haven't had a chance to read it yet :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richda | 8/12/2011

    " For anyone who enjoys Tan's novels, this book is very informative in the construction of them. It also provides insight into the sometimes cross-purposes of a mother and daughter relationship. Opportunities for misunderstanding abound, yet we continue to overcome them with loyalty and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 8/10/2011

    " after reading many of her novels, this memoir gave more depth into her writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/3/2011

    " Am enjoying this so far... I have a lot of congruities with Tan, while having absolutely nothing in common. Loving the read, though, one of the few I've wanted to slow down and savor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 8/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed it; Amy Tan had a really interesting life and it helps explain what happens in some of her books, such as "The Bonesetter's Daughter." I recommend both books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 7/30/2011

    " Although not my favorite work of hers, Amy Tan still managed to infuse both her characteristic humor and profundity of thought in this collection of musings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 7/27/2011

    " Taking my time getting through this one. Parts of this are very good. Like the sarcastic wit. Other parts are repetitive as it is a collecton of writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/23/2011

    " As always, love Amy Tan's writings. I liked how this was stories about her real life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 7/6/2011

    " I just finished reading this book and I just loved it. I'm naturally a rather nosy person and reading this book was like talking to Amy Tan and having a good conversation over dinner. I will be recommending this to other people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 7/2/2011

    " It's a little odd that I read this, since I've never read any of her other books. But I really liked it, so now I'll have to! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 6/9/2011

    " This is a must-read for any fan of Amy Tan. Through her non-fiction writing, it provides a deep portrait of the author and elucidates her wonderful fiction. I believe this book is best read AFTER reading her novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/19/2009

    " I really like Amy Tan's books, but this gave me more of a glimpse into her life as a friend, daughter, and writer. I felt like she was sitting at my kitchen table chit-chatting with me. Some of the pieces are short--1-2 pages--while others are longer. This will stay in my permanent library! "

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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, and The Bonesetter’s Daughter, among others. She has also written the children’s books The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted for television by PBS. Tan’s essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in California and New York.