Thank You, Mr. Nixon by Gish Jen, Read by Justin Chien, Catherine Ho, Annie Q, and Eunice Wong
Short Stories Told by a Quartet of Voices
Every Monday through Friday, AudioFile’s editors recommend the best in audiobook listening. We keep our daily episodes short and sweet, with audiobook clips to give you a sample of our featured listens.
A quartet of narrators excels in delivering Gish Jen’s linked stories, Thank You, Mr. Nixon, which chronicle the years since Nixon’s 1972 visit to China. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss how each narrator inhabits their characters well, bringing the interwoven stories to life for listeners. Their deliveries of these immersive and clever works match just the right voices, cadences, and tones to their stories. It makes for a rewarding listening experience.
Today’s episode is sponsored by Naxos AudioBooks. Today in Literary History – April 21, 1816 – Charlotte Brontë is born. The eldest of the three Brontë sisters, her novels include The Professor, Shirley, Villette and Jane Eyre. One of the greatest love stories ever written, Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr Rochester. What lurks in the attic at Thornfield, the ancestral home of the surly Mr Rochester? Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret – and having discovered it, live to regret that knowledge? Find out in Amanda Root’s captivating recording. To learn more, visit NaxosAudioBooks.com.