It was a nice little story, but the only reason I bothered finishing it because it WAS short. The characters are not well developed, and the author doesn't give much differentiation to the character's voices. For how simplistic most of these peasants are suppose to be, they have awfully deep vocabulary. The reader was okay. Sometimes I had to rewind and replay with the volume turned up, in the car, because he would trail off.
I really liked the writing in this book. I just wish there was more hope conveyed throughout the story. Without it, the ending was lacking.
I totally loved this book. It was like an adventure since I really had no idea what to expect. It gave me a greater appreciation for my freedom to access and read any book I choose without censure.
I loved this! It was a well-written, refreshingly well-read book! I know some people find the narrator to come across as arrogant, but it *is* a story about a 17-yr-old boy and I thought the narrator did a brilliant job of hitting the right tone all through the book. I highly recommend this book, one of the best I've encountered in a long time.
I adored this reading and the beautiful use of language
I just didn't love it. This book opened my eyes to a period of history I was almost entirely unaware of. But the narration left something to be desired. The narrator sounded cocky almost. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had read it instead of listened to it.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a wonderful coming of age tale set in communist China. It was interesting to learn about the history of the cultural revolution in China. As an avid reader and book lover, I really identified with the strong feelings the characters had about books, authors, stories and the pleasure of a good read.
Nice story, enjoyable book to listen to. Descriptive and humorous, providing an interesting perspective and some awareness of life in that time and place...
This was an engrossing story, well-characterized by the reader. It is written in a very straightforward stye that describes the cruelty of the re-education program after Mao's Cultural Revolution in China and the transformative power of literature. Two middle-class young men are sent to a backwater peasant village to haul waste, work naked in coal mines and plow rice fields. The labor is difficult for them, but the hopelessness of their situation is worse. The story unfolds slowly, fable-like and carefully drawn. I would recommend it to anyone who loves books about people who love books.
This book will be on my favorite list. The characters are survivors, the women are learning the new ways, and the great literature collection inspires the two storytellers to tell these stories. These classics influences the village with romance, sewing creations, and new ideas.