Journey to the West is one of the Chinese Noble Classics.
In ancient China a magical monkey appears, creating chaos everywhere he goes. The only way to put his tricks and talents to good use is to make him protector of Xuanzang, a young and handsome monk determined to travel from China to India in search of precious scriptures.
Monkey and his fellow disciples, Piggy and Sandy, have to protect Xuanzang from monsters and demons who think they can live forever just by taking bites out of the monk.
Can Xuanzang and his loyal disciples reach India safely and find what they seek? Do they have enough confidence and courage to conquer the demons, both those lurking around them and those within their own hearts?
Full of humour and adventure, Journey to the West is a story of self-discovery and the pursuit of excellence. Written by Chinese scholar Wu Cheng'en more than four hundred years ago, it reflects everyone's pilgrimage toward truth, peace, and beauty.
If you enjoy this, you can find three other Real Reads Chinese Classics: Dream of the Red Chamber, The Water Margin, and The Three Kingdoms.
©2011 Christine Sun (P)2013 Christine Sun
As a recently retired "young" pensioner! I now have more time to read and listen to Audio Books as I renovate my house in Spain.
I love this story and have read the book many times, listened to a serialisation on radio and another one on TV. I was excited when I realised it was the story of monkey, but disappointed when I saw it was abridged an only 40 + minutes long. However that was long enough to listen to this narrator! She can obviously speak Mandarin but her powers of narration are Dire! She made a wonderfully amusing Chinese Classic sound like a second rate children's story read by an untalented older sister. It should be an unabridged version read by a professional and then it would be a pleasure to see others enjoy it as much as I have for years past.
The story, the characters, the adventure. Everything about Journey to the West is amazing, unfortunately this version is extremely condensed to the point of distraction.
Stylized, childish (not in a mean way), quiet.
I wish the full book was available for audible. I own two different physical versions and they're amazing reads. Unfortunately, for me, this version was a bit too dumbed down.
Very short but it's the only one in English I could find. Still, it is a retelling of journey to the west so I got what I asked for.
"A brief, yet charming version of the classic"
I was not so impressed by the narrator Michelle Tate's impressions of characters (which all sound very alike) or the lack of authentic Chinese names. If this is suited for children then it could have used some simpler, more lively translations. However, this audiobook did foster my interest in this book, so I will be reading the entire unabridged version very soon.
This is a terrible rendition of a great story. The story telling leaves much to be desired and the narration is not good (grating voice). It might be ok for a small child.
Absolutely not. The narration and story telling are terrible.
A different story teller/narrator
Annoyance and disappointment.
Not worth it at all.
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