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Would you try another book from Jade Chang and/or Nancy Wu?
I'd try another book from Jade Chang, even if it contains untranslated Chinese. Not sure I can listen to any more of Nancy Wu's voice, though. When the conversations got whiny, she was far too good at conveying that, to the point I just had to turn it off.
What was most disappointing about Jade Chang’s story?
One originally likable character suddenly revealed herself to be spoiled and whiny in a way that pulled the rug out from under me.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nancy Wu?
Perhaps if the narrator could somehow have delivered the whiny dialogue without such an unbearably grating, whiny tone, I might have survived, but she didn't, and I couldn't.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The book was entertaining and thought provoking for much of the way. I regret not being able to get through the narrative arc.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I'm afraid that this story added up to a very long nothing for me. In the seven plus hours I have listened I haven't found one thing funny or even smile worthy. Nothing strikes me as insightful or poking fun at people who will do anything to make money and fame and then loose it all.
I took the headline for my review from a quote from the book. I couldn't agree less with this concept and many of the themes and beliefs the author embraces in this novel. To me, this isn't a story about a "lovable" businessman and a "charming romp" across America. Instead the book is filled with ridiculous and undeveloped themes about ownership, money, art and family. I know it's fiction--but really???
If this writing is all a pretense at parody it missed the mark for me. Instead what I found was heavy handed lecturing. In addition some readers may find many of the stories and much of the dialogue offensive on multiple levels. I hated the whole thing.
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