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The Hundred Secret Senses

Amy Tan

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The Hundred Secret Senses

By: Amy Tan

Narrarated by: Amy Tan


"TRULY MAGICAL. . . UNFORGETTALEÉ. . . The first person narrator is Olivia Laguni, and her unrelenting nemesis from childhood on is her half-sister, Kwan Li… It is Kwan's haunting predictions, her implementation of the secret senses, and her linking of the present with the past that cause this novel to shimmer with meaning and to leave it in the reader's mind when the book has long been finished" – The San Diego Tribune

"HER MOST POLISHED WORK… Tan is a wonderful storyteller. and the story's many strand-Olivia's childhood, her courtship and marriage, Kwan's ghost stories and village tales-propel the work to its climatic but bittersweet end."-USA Today

"TAN HAS ONCE MORE PRODUCED A NOVEL WONDERFULLY LIKE A HOLOGRAM: Turn it this way and find Chinese-Americans shopping and arguing in San Francisco; turn it that way and the Chinese of Changmian Village in 1864 are fleeing into the hills to hide from the rampaging Manchus…THE HUNDRED SECRET SENSES doesn't simply return to a world but burrows more deeply into it, following new trails to fresh revelations." Newsweek

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Total File Size: 325 MB (11 files) Total Length: 11 Hours, 48 Minutes

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Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses
2008 | Label: Phoenix Audio

A story of ghosts, both real and imagined.
A Chinese girl who talks with ghosts travels to San Francisco to live with a stepfamily she’s never met. A band of missionaries holes up in a Chinese mansion as they wait to be killed by an approaching army. Two UC-Berkeley students find their romance haunted by the spirit of an ex-girlfriend. These lives collide in Amy Tan’s The Hundred Secret Senses, which crosses continents and generations to interlace ghost stories, romances and tales of sisterhood.

It’s Kwan, whose world is shared by spirits, or “yin people,” whose momentum truly propels the tale. She is 12 when she arrives in San Francisco, where Olivia (Kwan’s half-sister and the book’s narrator) and the rest of the family see her as both sympathetic and, well, certifiable. More than 30 years later, Kwan returns to China, this time with Olivia and her soon-to-be-ex-husband Simon. As the three recede deeper into the countryside, Kwan’s complicated relationships with both the living and the dead finally weave together into a coherent whole.

Tan narrates the book herself, which is unfortunate: Her voice is too smooth, and her skills too limited to carry the book’s emotional range. But her writing is compelling, well-crafted and, on occasion, laugh-out-loud funny. At a time when the “new China” dominates international news, Tan’s story gives listeners a window into an earlier, more ethereal Chinese world.

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