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September 8, 2013 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Ghost Bride by Yangsze ChooGhost Bride
by Yangsze Choo
Narrated by Yangsze Choo

Genre: Historical Fiction / Supernatural
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publish Date: August 6, 2013
Format: Audio, 12 hours | 18 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate
Rating: 3½ of 5

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

My Thoughts:

Li Lan refuses the offer of a ghost marriage but soon finds her dreams haunted by the potential groom, Lim Tian Ching, who believes he has been murdered. She then travels to the land of the dead to learn the truth about how he died and why he is so determined to marry her. Along the way secrets about his family and hers are revealed.

Although this was an entertaining story, and I enjoyed the journey, I never fully engaged with the characters. The first person narration may have been the reason; some of Li Lan’s stories went on a little too long and my attention began to wander. There was too much telling and not enough showing. The book did pick up the pace towards the end and the conclusion was a bit of a surprise with an unforeseen romantic twist.

I listened to the audiobook and was pleased with the production. The author was the narrator and did a beautiful job. Her soft, pleasant voice was a delight to listen to. Characters were easily differentiated and she added emotion and excitement to the narration. The audio version is an excellent choice.

Overall this was an interesting premise and an original tale. I was drawn to the story for its mix of historical fiction, journey into the supernatural and Chinese mythology. Even though I wasn’t thrilled with the first person writing style, I did like the book and recommend it, especially the audio, to those who enjoy this genre.

RIP VIII——————————–
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Source: Review copy provided by Harper Audio.
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  1. BermudaOnion / Sep 8 2013 1:52 pm

    What an interesting storyline! I wonder if there were actual ghost marriages like that.


  2. MoniqueReads / Sep 8 2013 6:28 pm

    This storyline sounds very intriguing. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Col (Col Reads) / Sep 9 2013 7:05 am

    It sounds like a very unique premise. I have never heard of a “ghost bride.” I think I would definitely enjoy this!


  4. Deb Atwood / Sep 13 2013 7:23 pm

    I’m reading this right now, so it’s fun to see a fellow reader. I’m looking forward to the romantic twist you mention. Sounds fun.


  5. CAS / Sep 17 2013 5:32 am

    Thanks for sharing your review! I think that I may add this one to my list based on your experience with it. I have never encountered the Chinese concept of a “ghost bride”. I wonder, was there any reference if it worked both ways (e.g. was there any reference in the book to men being “ghost grooms” as well? I am looking forward to your other reviews!



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