Behind the Mic: Kitchen Chinese

From a Hong Kong streetcar, Emily Woo Zeller recalls Isabelle’s journey

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller takes AudioFile readers Behind the Mic—and onto a streetcar in Hong Kong—to tell us more about her narration of KITCHEN CHINESE: Food, Family, and Finding Yourself and her connections to Ann Mah’s novel about Isabelle Lee, the heroine, who reconnects with her family and heritage.

“I’m currently in Hong Kong . . . Isabelle’s journey reminded me a lot of my time here and it’s wonderful.”—Narrator Emily Woo Zeller

Kitchen Chinese

KITCHEN CHINESE: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself
by Ann Mah, read by Emily Woo Zeller
Harper Audio/Blackstone Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

You’ll be drawn to Emily’s fluid, warm narration of Ann Mah’s novel about Isabelle Lee reconnecting with her sister, exploring her heritage in China, and eating all the amazing food she can get her hands on. Zeller conjures the cultural melting pot of China and fluidly delivers the voices and accents of Australians, Americans, and Chinese. Her pronunciation is spot-on, and without exaggeration she captures the accents and intonations of Chinese characters who are speaking English.

Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here. And explore more of Emily’s audiobooks, such as the wildly popular THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo, or many others from her AudioFile narrator page.

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