When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls and poverty and the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle-class mother of two from South Carolina.
Based on Bratt's diary of her four years at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable. In the face of an implacable system, Bratt found ways to work within (and around) the rules to make a better future for the children, whom she came to love. The book offers no easy answers.
While often painful in its clear-sightedness, Silent Tears balances the sadness and struggles of life in the orphanage with moments of joy, optimism, faith, and victory. It is the story of hundreds of children - and of one woman who never planned on becoming a hero but became one anyway.
©2011 Kay Bratt (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Kay is an American woman whose husband has been transferred to China for work. She, as many who have just moved to a new country, gets lonely and decides to volunteer at a Chinese orphanage. China is poor and a hierarchy is quite strict so no everything is done the way she would've wanted it and struggles with that fact throughout her stay.
I love how honest she is. She talks openly about her struggles, her secret disagreements and her difficulty with seeing pain and suffering at the orphanage. I saw myself in her when she struggled with not being heard when she has an idea and struggled to get through to management, a frustration many have dealt with from time to time. I was interested in how she dealt with it as a human being. Unfortunately, once you've heard about the first struggle and how she dealt with it, you have heard it all. Two years later and it is still the same. If I lost my place in the book, I would probably never find my spot again, because it is all very much the same. I drifted in and out of this book a lot and never felt like I missed anything.
"Very informative and enjoyable"
I felt that this was probably an accurate explanation of Ms. Bratt's experience. I came to love the kids and the other volunteers. I loved hearing about her travels through China. It was great finding out how the adopted children were faring in America.
I know this volunteer work was tremendously stressful and I appreciate her efforts, just as do all the people whose lives she has changed through the years. If you love kids, you'll probably enjoy this book.
The performer was good, but a little slow. I put it on 1.25 speed just because I am impatient with such deliberate readers.
"Good, but somewhat sad"
I learned a lot from this book. Other cultures are so different than our ways here in the U.S. It takes a lot of courage and compassion to do what this lady did. God bless her.
I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to know the author's next experience and wished for a happy ending for each of the children. This was a beautiful journal of the ups and downs of life. The author surprised me with her tenacity and ability to restrain herself when needed. Kudos to you and all the volunteers, donors, foster families, adoptive families, caregivers, and those who make a difference through prayer.
"Read this in print"
On one hand, as a book itself, it is compulsively readable, but as an audiobook, it doesn't quite work. It is entirely centered around a journal, which doesn't translate into good audio. I found my mind wandering while I was trying to focus, which is a tragedy, because this book - as a book - is a good read!
"Outstanding! Made me appricate living in the USA!!"
Yes,I would listen to it again! This make me very thankful of living in a country were we take our freedom and personal rights for granted. It made me aware of children in 3rd world countries.
None comes to mind, no comparision to another I have listen to
I am going to buy this in book form to give to my friend's who are going to china in a couple of weeks for a work project.
Enjoyed the detailed journal entries by Kay Bratt of her experiences in China, specifically at the orphanage. Commend her efforts to be an advocate for any improvements in their surroundings and care. Appreciate all the volunteers who are making a difference!
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