- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Real Reads
- Audible.com Release Date: January 15, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S9V6ES4
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
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Dream of the Red Chamber Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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Top Customer Reviews
Be advised, due to type font it's 3 times as long as regular Kindle books of this size. It take's between 1 and 2 hours to read a chapter and there are 56 of them!
It is timeless Chinese storytelling, with all the haunting beauty, drama and heartache. This may be a bit of a challange for younger readers as there are instances of suicide, domestic violence, drunkenness, murder and adultry. These displays of behavior are not detailed and if one is old enough to read Shakespeare, then this book would also be appropriate, I imagine.
I am ashamed to admit, I have not read the original which is one of China's four great classic novels. I therefore cannot say how well this abridged copy captures the 2000 or so page original. What I can state, is that this shortened story is still beautiful, detailed and sadly haunting. It is probably one of those books that every learned child should read. It gives insight to Chinese history and culture in a compact but entertaining dose. It piqued my interest enough that I put the unabridged english version on my 'to read' list. I would have loved this in junior high after we read Romeo and Juliet. It would have been a interesting comparison in cultures.
Disclosure: I read a free copy of the book in return for my candid review. Be assured, my opinion is honest, and I do not owe or know the author/publisher.
The story depicts traditions in the Chinese culture from the appearance and mannerisms of the characters clearly depicted in colourful drawings to the life and social structure of the aristocracy. The female characters are capable, determined and conniving in their struggle for authority, their hatred, jealousies and conspiracies, while the men appear cold ruled by duty rather than their hearts. It is a story that starkly contrasts love and duty and a woman's rights and responsibilities. Even with the beauty of the writer's artistry, there is a bleakness and lack of hope within its pages, where a family's fortunes are controlled by the government and can be taken in a blink of an eye,a woman is allowed to suffer under her husband's tyranny, and even a man's marriage is manipulated for gain.
This short story considered a Chinese classic I found to memorable and well-worth reading; an excellent addition to a library