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The result is a vivid, sweeping family portrait in the tradition of Alex Haley's Roots that is at once particular and universal, telling the story not only of one family, but of the Chinese people in America itself, a country that both welcomes and reviles immigrants like no other culture in the world. On Gold Mountain was a national best seller and a New York Times Notable Book.
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By Solbakken on 06-02-17
Great story...awful narration
Would you listen to On Gold Mountain again? Why?
NO! I couldn't stand the narrator, despite my extreme motivation to listen, as my family has Chinese connections of great interest.
What did you like best about this story?
Personal, documented, interesting and well researched.
How could the performance have been better?
More feeling, less monotone...the narrator seemed to be judgemental, and extremely, irritatingly unemotional.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I got through 15%, and despite my motivation to learn more, I ordered the printed book and will ask for a refund for the recording...the narrator was extremely off-putting.
Any additional comments?
Has Lisa See listened to the narration? Despite the great reviews she has, I would NEVER listen to her narrate again!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Victoria Evangelina on 09-26-12
Insights onto the lives of Chinese in the USA. Detailed research. A fascinating story of a family tree. But I really missed Lisa See's enchanting language which she is so good with! Of course, one has to remember that this is more like a documentary work of literature, not a novel.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful