- Narrated by: Charmaine Craig
- Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-02-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Miss Burma tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of Benny and Khin, husband and wife, and their daughter Louisa. After attending school in Calcutta, Benny settles in Rangoon, then part of the British Empire, and falls in love with Khin, a woman who is part of a long-persecuted ethnic minority group, the Karen. World War II comes to Southeast Asia, and Benny and Khin must go into hiding in the eastern part of the country during the Japanese occupation, beginning a journey that will lead them to change the country's history. After the war the British authorities make a deal with the Burman nationalists, led by Aung San, whose party gains control of the country.
When Aung San is assassinated, his successor ignores the pleas for self-government of the Karen people and other ethnic groups and, in doing so, sets off what will become the longest-running civil war in recorded history. Benny and Khin's eldest child, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma's first beauty queen soon before the country falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her newfound fame, she is forced to reckon with her family's past, the West's ongoing covert dealings in her country, and her own loyalty to the cause of the Karen people.
Based on the story of the author's mother and grandparents, Miss Burma is a captivating portrait of how modern Burma came to be and of the ordinary people swept up in the struggle for self-determination and freedom.
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By Dawn on 06-15-17
Wonderfully read, fascinating story
When I see an author is reading an audiobook, I don't expect excellent reading. Writing and voice performance are two distinct skills. Happily, Ms. Craig, an actress as well as writer, is the exception -- and thus we are able to access her author's insight, actor's skill and -- most especially -- daughter's emotional response -- all in this terrific audiobook. A rare find in that respect! Terrific storytelling, both on the page and through the microphone.
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By kathleen o'brien on 09-08-17
Charmaine Craig should be nominated for a National Book Award. This book emerges you completely into the lives of Burmese people and their history which I never knew about. It is a wonderful story and the author narrated it perfectly.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful