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Stealing Buddha's Dinner is a tenderhearted homage to the musty dried fish and sandalwood smells of Asian grocery stores, and to moon boots spackled with snow. Narrator Alice H. Kennedy is an insightful, unshowy reader with a nimble voice as clear as jasmine tea. Even this reverent, prayerful reading "i loved to strip away the pebbled skin of a lychee and pop the translucent eyeball into my mouth" shines the light back on Bich. Kennedy, with her Vietnamese-accented English, may or may not share Bich's "immigrant's dilemma", i don't know. Maybe in the end, she just gets, as Bich does, that the outcome of life is not always judged by what you pack for lunch. Nita Rao
Nostalgic and candid, deeply satisfying and minutely observed, Stealing Buddha's Dinner is a unique vision of the immigrant experience and a lyrical ode to how identity is often shaped by the things we long for.
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By Melissa on 06-09-16
Good book, ok narration
The book was good but the narration was sometimes frustrating or uncomfortable to listen to - the narrator paused at weird times that don't make sense with the pronunciation used or typical (american english) intonation in general. It didn't make the book impossible to listen to but I wouldn't have kept listening to it if I didn't have to read the book. I got used to it after the first few chapters but it was pretty grating at first. Otherwise her voice and performance are fine.