The Mountains Sing

Narrated by:
Quyen Ngo

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2020
10 hours 44 minutes
With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko and Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner's In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War.
Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.
Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai's first novel in English.
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I loved this book. My ears found the descriptions to be musical. The story is brilliantly laid out to illustrate the relentlessness of war and its aftermath through with a compassion that is rigorous as well as forgiving.

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Mark G.

The narrative jumped between the past and present much, without indication. After a few hours of listening, I could tell by the narrative. Difficult at first but worked out. Excellent story and narration.

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Michael P.

What a beautiful, poetic, compassionate and healing novel - a listening pleasure.

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Mary C.

This is now one of my favorite books. I had no idea how hard it was for the North Vietnamese. I only knew that we helped the SouthVietnamese. There are definitely parallels with what’s happening in our country and what happened under Nazi rule. The characters were brought to life beautifully by the narrator and she helped me visualize the beauty of their country.

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Diane G.

Told with such eloquence; beautiful, almost musical language. This author is truly talented.

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A captivating heart wrenching story over several generations of conflict in Vietnam. A sensitive approach to a lot of hatred and wrong doing. Poetic,, well written and excellently narrated. Highly recommended! Thank you for writing this book Nguyen.

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Really moving book, great to understand some of the struggles of the Vietnamese people.

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L L.

Sensitive rendition of this family's story, beautifully narrated. I loved listening to this book.

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Lucia Sur

Such a beautiful book, I felt like I was in those times, of the Vietnam war, perfectly and realistic described by the author. Really enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

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