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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-16

I hope it becomes a series!

I loved this book. I found myself doing other activities just so I could listen to more of the story.

The story line and characters were amazing. I felt like I was really being drawn into the story with the full range of emotions that each character was displaying.

The narrator was very good. I've listened to her with other audiobooks, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.

I really hope that this book becomes a series. I'll be keeping my eye out for more 😊

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-15

you won't be disappointed

I was a little unsure of purchasing this book, just because I'd never heard of the author, but I'm so glad I did. If you like historical fiction novels, then you're in for hours of captivating listening. I'm so excited to download another title from this author. Hopefully they'll be many other titles similar to this one in the future.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Decent narration, great story.

Would you listen to Rashomon Gate again? Why?

I thought the story was very enjoyable and it didn't have many dull points that left me wondering when the story would pick up again. The amount of twists and turns that storyline took was very entertaining. I would recommend this book to others and am now interested in listening to the other books in the Sugiwara Akitada series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rashomon Gate?

No spoilers from me ;) So, I can't comment on a specific moment, but I will say that certain revelations that the characters experience surprised me and pulled me deeper into the story.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was a little difficult to get used to. I didn't like the narrators use of accents for each of the characters. It sounded like someone doing a racist impression of a Japanese person. It took me little while to get over that little hiccup, but once I did I was able to enjoy the story and even enjoy the different voices the narrator gave to each of the characters.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-13

Loved this book!

What made the experience of listening to The Valley of Amazement the most enjoyable?

The story was wonderful. I was sucked into the storyline almost instantly. I love the relationships between the characters, they were so intricate and not connected in a typical way. I loved that I was on the edge of my seat and could really feel for the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't have a particular favorite character, I loved them all. Although when the book switches to the different perspectives of the characters, it really gives you a better sense of how the character is feeling and why they are making certain decisions.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all of the other available books by Amy Tan and I've liked them all, when she does the narrating herself, it does seem a little flat, but the story makes up for it. Plus, I like that I get to hear the author tell the story with her own voice in parts, knowing that she wrote the story.

Any additional comments?

This book has gotten some really unfair reviews, and I couldn't disagree more. This is my far my favorite Amy Tan book so far. I'm hoping that she does another book that is a sequel or something similar.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-13

Where's the unabridged version?

Would you consider the audio edition of Flower Net to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version of Flower Net, but I have read other books by Lisa See. I would imagine that the reading experience would be just as satisfying as the listening experience. Although, I wish that they would re-record this book in an unabridged version. I thought the music that signaled the end of a scene or chapter was interesting. I'm not sure that I would prefer that it be there, but the music was nice.

What other book might you compare Flower Net to and why?

I would probably compare this book to the others in the Red Princess series. They all are good, with a great story line and suspense that keeps me guessing.

Did Elaina Davis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

At first I didn't like Davis' reading style, I've listened to other Lisa See books narrated by Janet Song, and I have to say that those are superior. I did like how Davis gave different accents and changed her voice depending on the character. Sometimes the changes and voices seemed almost comical, but once I got used to it, it was fine.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

During the last half of the book, I almost cried a few times, but that sort of goes with the the situation.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I liked this audiobook version. Once I got used to Elaina Davis' voice and her character differentiation I liked listening to it and I was sad that it was over. I am disappointed that there was only this abridged version available. The other two books in the Red Princess series have two parts and are much longer than this version. Hopefully, Audible does the unabridged version in the future.

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