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Where does Dreams of Joy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the top 10
Which character – as performed by Janet Song – was your favorite?
Pearl and Joy were both amazing.
Any additional comments?
A interesting look at the times ,lies and hardships faced by the chineese people during
the late 40s and early 50s
The novel shows the strength of bonds , love & ties over the decades.
Very rarely write reviews, but just had to. This has got to be in my top 5 books of all time. Expertly written... empathy but not sentimental; exciting but realistic; and really ignited an interest in the era for me. Enjoyed Shanghai Girls very much, so downloaded this sequel, and this has blown its predecessor out of the water! I know some fellow book club members found Shanghai Girls a little too brutal, and if you are sensitive then this book is 'worse' and may not be for you, but the issues are important and sensitively dealt with. A big well done and thankyou to Lisa See. I will always remember this book.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Great listen! The narrator did a fantastic job - I was engaged the whole time and the different voices were not annoying. The story is gripping, I listened almost in one sitting. Educational, well researched, full characters that claim your attention and empathy - this is fiction at its best. I took away one star however because there is an element right at the end of the book that I think is ridiculous and out of character for the "realistic-ness" of the rest of the book.
This was a riverting account of life for the ordinary people of the countryside in communist China during the great famines of the fifties. I was completely absorbed by the mother's love for her stubborn opinionated daughter. It was a tremendous story of loss & fulfilment with a nail biting climax.