Library Ed. Books on Tape 2007
CS ISBN 978-1-4159-4199-7 $90.00 Eight cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4159-3934-5 $90.00 Eleven CDs
DD ISBN $28.00
Janet Song’s lovely smoky voice is the perfect medium for this deeply compelling story, inspired by real events in seventeenth-century China. Peony is a cloistered daughter of the prosperous Chen family in the years just following the bloody end of the Ming Dynasty and the ascension of the Manchus. Her obsession with the iconic opera THE PEONY PAVILLION, about a girl much like herself who dies of love for a man she’s forbidden to marry, sets this fascinating tale in motion. Song inhabits Peony with such subtlety and grace that you are only rarely aware that acting is occurring; instead you seem to live inside Peony’s head, looking directly at her gorgeous, haunted, and vanished world. An outstanding performance and a flawless production. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 07/ JAN 08]
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