Peony

  • by Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by Kirsten Potter
  • 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid - an awkward role in which she is more a servant, but less a daughter. As she grows into a lovely, provocative young woman, Peony falls in love with the family's only son. However, tradition forbids them to wed. How she resolves her love for him and her devotion to her adoptive family unfolds in this profound tale, based on true events in China over a century ago.

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Jews in China

I enjoyed the Professors comment at the end of the book and her historical and archaeological review of the history of Jews in China. I was impressed at how well Peal S. Buck weaved the historical information into a fascinating story from the view point of a Chinese bonds women. Buck painted a picture of the land, culture, religious beliefs and business on the silk road into a story that includes suspense, loyalty, love, and family relationships. Kristen Potter did an excellent job with narration. I read some Pearl Buck stories back in the 1950 and 60s, I am so glad Audible is providing books by this great author, looking forward to reading more Peal Buck books.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

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What did you love best about Peony?

I really enoyed this book. The srory line was good, with interesting characters. I first thought the book was just a romantic tale between the upper and poorer classes of Imperial China, but it was more complex that that. I hadn't realised that there had been such a strong Jewish comunity in China at that time, so it was historically very interesting too.


What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the way it was written, it seemed to flow well. The characters were all interesting and drew you in,


What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

I thought it was well narrated.


Any additional comments?

I would probably liten to this again sometime.

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- alison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-22-2011
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio