Learning about the ethnic Chinese, pur'eh, and aspects of Chinese history all woven into a good story made this novel memorable. I would definitely recommend this book.
I enjoyed listening to this book but sadly disappointed with the ending (there wasn't enough to it). After hearing every woven detail of this story I felt short changed with such a short ending and would have enjoyed a bit of depth to the conclusion.
Such a great story interwoven into a fascinating culture. I learned so much and will never think of foreign born adoptees the same again. The narration was fantastic.
Another masterpiece by Lisa See. I will be absorbed in this story long after I have met its end.
Another great book from my favorite author.
I really enjoyed it.
After this book you will plant your own tea tree. Great description of customs and life styles.
One of my all time favorite writers. Beautiful story, beautifully written.
I loved loved the 1st half best…learning about the “Ahka” culture wrapped into a coming of of age story during China’s transformation and the contrast of village and city values. I loved the main character and her family (sister-in-laws 1, 2 and 3, and AMA). I did not like how neatly everything unfolded in a fairytale ending. I did not like the male characters…a little one dimensional. What was a messy and challenging start turned a little into fantasy romance. Nothing is really a big surprise. I was, however, 100% engaged the whole time and loved the narration —plus I have a newfound taste for tea. ;-)
It was a great book, but the end was weak.
I loved this book!! I loved the narration which made the book more real than it would have been if I had tried to muddle thru some of the words on my own. The entire book was enlightening and educating and the ending was perfect!
A wonderful novel with great characters, I loved the insight in ethnic minorities in China, the way they lived, how the revolution changed them in a bad and good way, how long to hang on to traditions and customs .
The voices are well picked and match the characters in the book. A fantastic read and listen to if you enjoy history, culture and tragedy and triumph.
The details of the places were so vivid in my mind even though I've never been there. Wonderful history and cultural lesson.
Excellent read, wonderfully narrated, intimate, subtle and so good I'm listening to it again...I never do that!
Wonderful book! Full of culture, heartache, rediscovered love, and growth
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