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How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Although I am a huge fan of Ha Jin who has read every book and short story by him, I found the characters and dialog two-dimensional and unbelievable. As someone who has traveled and worked in China I always found Jin's books to be absolutely representative of the environment and people. In this latest book, the characters and dialog are so flat that I found myself not caring what was going to happen next.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Angela Lin?
I have enjoyed other books narrated by Angela Lin (Nanjing Requiem) and thoroughly enjoyed the performance and book.
Was A Map of Betrayal worth the listening time?
Yes, I'm glad I listened to it, but hope the next Ha Jin book recaptures the character and story driven realism I have come to expect from his work.
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Would you listen to A Map of Betrayal again? Why?
No. I got it the first time and I'm happy with that
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gary. He is emblematic of the immigrant caught between 2 worlds
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
This is a nice introduction to Sino-American relations during the cold war told in a fictional format. The characters are interesting, and the events that Gary, the protagonist, deals with cover the gamut of Chinese-American cold war history However.I was, not moved or emotionally invested in any of these characters, as much as I enjoyed the story.
The narrator does a good job in switching between Chinese and North American voices.Overall, I enjoyed it but I doubt that I will read/listen to it again.