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Threads of Silk Audiobook

Threads of Silk

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Publisher's Summary

Born in the middle of nowhere, Yaqian, a little embroidery girl from Hunan Province, finds her way to the imperial court, a place of intrigue, desire, and treachery. From the bed of an Emperor, the heart of a Prince, and the right side of an Empress, Yaqian weaves her way through the most turbulent decades of China's history and witnesses the fall of the Qing Dynasty.

©2016 Amanda Roberts (P)2017 Red Empress Publishing

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  • Nomi
    20/09/17
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    "❤️"

    A really beautiful book. Wonderfully well written characters and story that I loved. I took my time listening just so I didn't miss anything. I really loved the whole feel of this book. Very enjoyable.

    The narrator did an awesome job. Wonderful performance.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ConnieZ
    19/09/17
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    "Wonderful story....."

    What a wonderful story, it was very hard for me to put the book down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dawn
    14/09/17
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    "This was great"
    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was given to me for a honest unbiased review. This was great. The history gave the story and characters a depth to them. The amount of research for this is not astounding and well worth it, but gives an immersive experience. This was well written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    Eloy, AZ, United States
    14/09/17
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    "Absolutely wonderful story !"
    What did you love best about Threads of Silk?

    It is a lovely story that follows one main character from the age of six well into her senior years and also follows the historical events during that time period. The story peaked my interest in a place and time that I was unfamiliar with and I often found myself stopping the book to do a little side research to expand my knowledge. The main character was so well written and the story so nicely developed that it had me questioning whether this main character was a real person in history.


    What other book might you compare Threads of Silk to and why?

    Any book in Ken Follett's Pillars of Creation or Century trilogy. These books, as well as Threats of Silk, are wonderful stories intertwined amongst history to create a very realistic tale. The research that went into creating the characters and plot must've been astounding.


    What does Leanne Yau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Correct pronunciation of the places and people's in the story.

    Another reviewer commented that Leanne Yau had an American accent, it is actually English. It was also mentioned that it was a disappointment that she spoke without a Chinese accent because the main character could not speak English. Personally, I do not have an issue with the fact that this book is narrated with an English accent because I speak English and I would not have understood the book if it was read to me in Chinese (which would be only way to stay true to a character that does not speak English).


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

    I would love to listen to another book by this author or narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Nampa, ID
    25/08/17
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    "All the drama of China’s history"

    This is an amazing story. If you have any interest in China’s history then this is a must read. The entire story is first person of a girl growing up in China and the transformations she goes through from choices forced upon her as well as her own good or bad decisions that have natural consequences. Amanda Roberts is an excellent storyteller and knows just how to keep her readers interest.

    Leanne Yau does an excellent job reading this story. Her voice fits the characters and she can even pronounce the names that I would have no clue about if I were reading myself. I would call her accent a bit British but that is likely true of Asian English and so fits the story as well.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    21/01/18
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    "Amazing Book"

    I heard it all in practically one sitting. The reader was great and her words perfectly expressed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LaPazBC
    17/11/17
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    "A peek into late 1800's Chinese culture"

    This is a fascinating story about a talented Chinese girl who made beautiful silk embroidery that sold well and supported her parents. They despised her for being a girl and thought of her as worthless, so they sent her to become an apprentice of a well known embroidery master and didn’t see her for 10 years. Her talent… and bounded feet called the attention of the emperor and she was taken to the Forbidden City…

    Leanne Yau’s narration is excellent - I enjoyed the British/Chinese accent, as well as the character voices.

    I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!!!

    If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below, thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ezra Cohen-Yashar
    07/11/17
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    "nice romance story in historical china"

    The story is a nice combination of a romantic book and a historical fiction. I checked the facts on Wikipedia and all is correct. The Empress is shown as a progressive figure but other described it as conservative. Generally speaking it's a great boot that enriches my knowledge (with fun an passion)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Camilla
    06/09/17
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    "Interesting and touching story."
    What did you like best about this story?

    very interesting details on how silk is "made". Also made me very interested in chinese history.


    Have you listened to any of Leanne Yau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Who was the most memorable character of Threads of Silk and why?

    Yaqian, Interesting to follow her from when she was a little girl, through good times and bad times.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was good. In some places audio was duplicated. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    America
    06/09/17
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    "Beautifully written, so vivid!"

    From the very beginning I found myself absorbed by this story. The writing is beautifully done and allowed me to vividly imagine everything that was happening.
    It's clear that a lot of research went into the details of the story.

    The characters are carefully constructed and impossible to not fall in love with.

    Even though the book ended at a good point I can't help but want more, I don't think I would ever be ready for this story to be over.

    The narration is well done. The names are beautifully spoke, but the rest of the story is spoken with a distinct American accent, the main character does not even speak English so this was disappointing. That said it was well delivered with the pacing and tonality a good match for the story.

    There were a couple of places where mistakes were not edited out or where audio was duplicated. These were short and there aren't a lot, but they are noticeable.

    This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

    If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below, thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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