Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than 50 years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose all that has been concealed, when she decides to celebrate the Chinese New Year by unburdening herself of everybody's hidden truths - her own and Winnie's, as well as the dreadful news that Winnie's daughter, Pearl, has been keeping from her mother.
So begins a series of comic misunderstandings and heartbreaking realizations about luck, loss, and trust, about the things a mother cannot tell a daughter, the secrets a daughter keeps, and the miraculous resiliency of love.
©1991 Amy Tan (P)2008, 2016 Phoenix Books
"Remarkable...mesmerizing...compelling.... An entire world unfolds in a Tolstoyan tide of event and detail." (New York Times)
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"Narrator valley girl???"
During part of the story the narrator turned a 1920s young Chinese girl into a valley girl, I found it very lame
"Narration unintentionally funny"
The story is great and I always enjoy it. The narration is generally quite good. Some of the characters have a distinct California accent. In 1930's China : D. Also, Aunt Du speaks in a way that sounds -just- like monks doing Gregorian chants. Made me smile every time I heard it!
"Fabulous story, questionable narration"
I love Amy Tang's wonderful books, and while we all create characters "voices" in our heads, I have learned to give audio book narrators a chance to inhabit the characters. Sadly, this was not possible with Gwendoline Yeo's strange reading. A pivotal character, Auntie Du, was described as having a "sing-song" voice. The narrator chose to do a strange atonal reading that was so annoying and distracting that it rendered important plot points unintelligible. It was aptly described by another reviewer as "Gregorian chants". The modern drawling California "Valley" accents felt jarring and out of place for young Chinese women in the 1930s.
"Loved this book! A true treasure!"
I haven't read the print version of this book so I cannot compare.
The beautiful writing, the lessons of life and the sacred and complicated relationship between mother and daughter.
Gwendoline Yeo brings The Kitchen God's Wife to life! She is an amazing storyteller, weaving in and out of characters flawlessly, luring me into the story until I was so deeply into it that I did not want it to end.
I think I would go out with Auntie Du. I would love to hear about her own life's journey and to especially just listen to her melodic voice (as narrated by Gwendoline Yeo).
My favorite book in a long time!
A captivating tale of the misunderstandings between a mother and her daughter, something all women can understand no matter the culture.
Such a breathtaking tale of a strong, incredible woman. Gwendoline Yeo brings the story to life by using unique voices and accents for each character. Brilliant story and audio performance! Definitely will read this again.
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