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Where does American Goddess at the Rape of Nanking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is the best one I have heard thus far. The story was fascinating and the performance was spot on.
What did you like best about this story?
I am ashamed to say I knew little of this chapter in history, and I am glad to know more about it. I was inspired by the heroism of Minnie Vautrin and horrified by what happened at Nanking. Although I am ambivalent about the religious practice of sending missionaries to foreign lands, it is clear that Vautrin acted in a manner that was, at its heart, deeply humanitarian.
Which character – as performed by Karen Huie – was your favorite?
Ms. Huie has a soulful voice, and her performance served the story well. It is expressive without being distracting, and her beautiful pronunciation of names, titles, and words was integral to the narrative. My favorite "character" was Ms. Vautrin herself. Ms. Huie's passionate recitation of passages from Ms. Vautrin's journals are heartbreaking and heartfelt.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
I like the quote from Vautrin's diary, "Had I ten perfect lives, I would give them all to China."
Any additional comments?
What incredible beauty and heroism to come out of horrific tragedy. Both inspiring and humbling.