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Saving Fish from Drowning Audiobook

Saving Fish from Drowning

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Publisher's Summary

Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma.

But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers as they come to discover that the Burma Road is paved with less-than-honorable intentions, questionable food, and tribal curses. Then, on Christmas morning, eleven of the travelers boat across a misty lake for a sunrise cruise - and disappear.

Drawing from the current political reality in Burma and woven with pure confabulation, Amy Tan's picaresque novel poses the question: How can we discern what is real and what is fiction, in everything we see? How do we know what to believe?

Saving Fish from Drowning finds sly truth in the absurd: a reality TV show called Darwin's Fittest, a repressive regime known as SLORC, two cheroot-smoking twin children hailed as divinities, and a ragtag tribe hiding in the jungle - where the sprites of disaster known as Nats lurk, as do the specters of the fabled Younger White Brother and a British illusionist who was not who he was worshipped to be.

With her signature "idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery" (Los Angeles Times), Amy Tan spins a provocative and mesmerizing tale about the mind and the heart of the individual, the actions we choose, the moral questions we might ask ourselves, and above all, the deeply personal answers we seek when happy endings are seemingly impossible.

©2005 Amy Tan; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A superbly executed, good-hearted farce that is part romance and part mystery....With Tan's many talents on display, it's her idiosyncratic wit and sly observations...that make this book pure pleasure." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    jo johnston 17/08/2010
    jo johnston 17/08/2010 Member Since 2013
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    "Truly terrible narration"

    I found the narration of ?Saving Fish From Drowning? unbearable at times with a British accent an all time low. It is a shame as I normally find authors as narrators are very enjoyable. I found the subject matter of Burma interesting, but I didn?t really like or care about any of the characters or the mystery. It was a real struggle to finish and an example of how bad narration can put you off a book and an author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    April Westbury, United Kingdom 22/04/2014
    April Westbury, United Kingdom 22/04/2014 Member Since 2012

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    "Did not like Narrator"
    What would have made Saving Fish from Drowning better?

    Not a lot did not like the narrator nor the story line, read from the view of a dead person, introduction very long


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • bulldoglady
    26/01/09
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    "one of my favorites"

    This is a keeper! I'm on my second listen, and I am enjoying it even more than the first time. I am now playing it for my husband, and he likes it too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Campbell
    United Arab Emirates
    21/07/08
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    "Great book, shame about the narrator"

    This well written book is intriguing from the start and promises to be an absorbing read. However, as an audio book it is very disappointing. Amy Tan is a wonderful writer but her narrating skills are not so developed. In addition to reading in a monotone, she eats her words and her sentences trail off to an almost inaudible point. I gave up on trying to listen to it when I realised I was getting tense with straining to hear her properly. If the only audio version of this book has Amy Tan as the narrator, I recommend full enjoyment of the story in print.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Donna
    Waco, TX, United States
    20/03/10
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    "Not Pleased"

    I love Amy Tan books, but this was a disappointment. It is hard to stay with and just sort of off. I'll always continue to follow Amy Tan, but I wish I had not bought this audio book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • rhonda
    HOPKINTON, MA, United States
    12/11/08
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    "Slow Read"

    Decent story, but takes too long for anything to happen, and it goes on forever. There are other, better stories by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • GERALD
    Calgary, AB, Canada
    19/06/10
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    "A struggle to get through"

    I almost gave up a couple of times, but my miserly ways got the best of me and I managed to finish it. The biggest problem with this book is the reader. I thought that having the author read her own work would be a plus instead of a minus, but it all comes down to competence. If you want a good audio book you need a skilled and experienced reader. A good reader brings life and believability to the story. They have to be able to create multiple personalities, both male and female, with different voices and different accents. Ms Tan unfortunately does not have this talent. She's especially bad at doing the male voices (no surprise). The story itself is also pretty bizarre and hard to get into. At the end of it all I found that I was glad I finished it, but it would have been so much better with a professional reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darryl Riser
    Mangham, LA
    30/12/09
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    "Wonderful voice"

    I'll admit I had to fight the instinct to skip over all of Amy Tan's work as being "chick fiction," but I'm glad I didn't. The characterization and storytelling is rich and developed. The story is amusing and it truly does feel as if the reader is being told a story. As for Amy Tan's voice, the Asian and California accents are spot on and I found her tone conversational, which made the novel more enjoyable ... as if I were being told a story by someone who had been there.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Babette
    Loveland, CO, United States
    02/02/11
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    "I Love Amy Tan"

    I couldn't wait to start listening to this book. I am a huge Amy Tan fan. It was a good book but I didn't like it as much as her other novels. I found the characters to be a little boring and I didn't really understand the psychic interpretation, but its worth a credit. I recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Ketchum, ID, United States
    02/01/12
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    "Beyond tedious"

    I got the audio for this book, which my book club was reading, since I was having such a hard time getting into the printed version. I figured if I was captive in a car as I made back to back three hour drives that I would be able to become immersed in the story. Unfortunately that did not prove to be the case. The book is painful - contrived, tedious, flat. I couldn't believe in the narrator at all, and believing in the narrator requires a big buy in from the beginning. The whole thing felt very forced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Santa Margarita, CA, United States
    03/11/10
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    "One of her best"

    I love Amy Tan and this one is excellent. Kinda different but really well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Bremen, Germany
    19/09/10
    Overall
    "Good story let down by narration"

    Usually I like it when the author reads the story, but not for this book. Amy Tan's attempts at foreign accents were cringeworthy. Amy please stick to writing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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