The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee audiobook

The Piano Teacher

By Janice Y. K. Lee
Read by Orlagh Cassidy

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781433256707

  • ISBN: 9781433256738

  • ISBN: 9781433256776

Runtime: 10.72 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year   in 2009

An Indie Next Recommendation from Independent Booksellers

A BookPage Notable Book

ASan Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2009

In the epic tradition of The English Patient, this gripping tale of love and betrayal is set in war-torn Hong Kong. It is 1942, and Will Trusdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, has fallen headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But when WWII strikes, Will is sent to an internment camp, while Trudy remains outside. Trudy is forced to form dangerous alliances with the head of the Japanese gendarmerie, whose desperate attempts to locate a priceless collection of Chinese art lead to a chain of terrible betrayals.

Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher and meets the enigmatic Will. As long-buried secrets start to emerge and she begins to understand the true nature of the world she has entered, Claire learns that sometimes the price of survival is love.

As the threads of this spellbinding novel intertwine, impossible choices emerge—between love and safety, courage and survival, the present and, above all, the past.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Evocative, poignant and skillfully crafted, The Piano Teacher is more than an epic tale of war and a tangled, tortured love story. It is the kind of novel one consumes in great, greedy gulps, pausing (grudgingly) only when absolutely necessary.” Chicago Tribune
“War, love, betrayal…intensely readable.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Cinematic…Lee unfolds [the] story…with the brisk grace.” New Yorker
“Janice Y.K. Lee delivers a standout debut.” Boston Globe
"Janice Y.K. Lee makes a powerful entry into the literary world with this lush, intriguing novel of Hong Kong on the edge of World War II and, then, its aftermath. Creating characters as exotic and mysterious as the story's locale, she portrays a society that was lost, a façade that eventually brought horrific costs to most of its members. An Indie Next Selection." Bill Cusumano, American Booksellers Association
“A standout debut dealing with the rigors of love and survival during a time of war…[with] layers of intrigue and more than a few unexpected twists. Lee covers a little-known time in Chinese history without melodrama, and deconstructs without judgment the choices people make in order to live one more day under torturous circumstances.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Cassidy handles various accents expertly and has a keen sense of irony.” Publishers Weekly (audio review)
“Orlagh Cassidy’s narration starts languorously, allowing listeners to slip into the exotic, sensual world that Claire Pendleton finds when she moves to Hong Kong in 1952…Cassidy steps up the passion as she dramatizes flashbacks to 1942 Hong Kong and the world of Truesdale. These chapters take center stage as Cassidy portrays the intriguing Eurasian Trudy Liang, who enchants and mystifies both Truesdale and audio listeners. Cassidy shifts her tone again as this luminous world changes to one of torment under the Japanese occupation. As the tension builds and the characters’ stories come together, Cassidy shifts her initial coolness into a heated performance.” AudioFile 
 “A lush examination of East-West relations.” Kirkus Reviews
“[An] exceptional first novel…a powerful treatment of a precarious place where deceit and betrayal and their consequences are not confined to the war years.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Janice Y. K. Lee

Author Bio: Janice Y. K. Lee

Janice Y. K. Lee was born and raised in Hong Kong and went to boarding school in the United States before attending Harvard College. A former features editor at Elle and Mirabella in New York, she currently resides in Hong Kong with her husband and children.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English