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    • The One-Straw Revolution

    • An Introduction to Natural Farming
    • Written by: Masanobu Fukuoka, Larry Korn
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Call it "Zen and the Art of Farming" or a "Little Green Book", Masanobu Fukuoka's manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book "is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A short and sweet intro to regenerative farming

    • By Kiki Clay on 2018-09-20

    Price: CDN$ 27.77

    • Audition

    • Written by: Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy - translator
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
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    In this gloriously over-the-top tale, Aoyama, a widower who has lived alone with his son ever since his wife died seven years before, finally decides it is time to remarry. Since Aoyama is a bit rusty when it comes to dating, a filmmaker friend proposes that, in order to attract the perfect wife, they do a casting call for a movie they don't intend to produce. As the resumes pile up, only one of the applicants catches Aoyama's attention - Yamasaki Asami - a striking young former ballerina with a mysterious past. But she is a far cry from the innocent young woman he imagines her to be.

    Price: CDN$ 17.53

    • To Live

    • A Novel
    • Written by: Yu Hua, Michael Berry
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This searing novel, originally banned in China but later named one of that nation's most influential books, portrays one man's transformation from the spoiled son of a landlord to a kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family's fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution.

    Price: CDN$ 37.04

    • I Hear Your Voice

    • Written by: Young-ha Kim, Krys Lee
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Jae is born in a bathroom stall at the Seoul Express Bus Terminal. And Dongyu is born mute - unable to communicate with anyone except Jae. Both boys grow up on the streets of Seoul among runaway teenagers, con men, prostitutes, religious fanatics, and thieves. After years of navigating the streets, Jae becomes an icon for uprooted teenagers, bringing an urgent message to them and making his way to the top of the gang. Under his leadership, the group grows more aggressive and violent - and soon becomes the police's central target.

    Price: CDN$ 27.77

    • No Longer Human

    • Written by: Osamu Dazai
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life, even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings. Oba Yozo's attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a "clown" to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-05-11

    Price: CDN$ 23.14

    • The Nine Cloud Dream

    • Written by: Kim Man-jung, Heinz Insu Fenkl - translator
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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    Often considered the highest achievement in Korean fiction, The Nine Cloud Dream poses the question: Will the life we dream of truly make us happy? Written in 17th-century Korea, this classic novel's wondrous story begins when a young monk living on a sacred Lotus Peak in China succumbs to the temptation of eight fairy maidens. For doubting his master's Buddhist teachings, the monk is forced to endure a strange punishment: reincarnation as the most ideal of men. 

    Price: CDN$ 26.30

    • The White Mirror

    • A Mystery
    • Written by: Elsa Hart
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In The White Mirror, Li Du, an imperial librarian and former exile in 18th-century China, is now an independent traveler. He is journeying with a trade caravan bound for Lhasa when a detour brings them to a valley hidden between mountain passes. On the icy planks of a wooden bridge, a monk sits in contemplation. Closer inspection reveals that the monk is dead, apparently of a self-inflicted wound. His robes are rent, revealing a strange symbol painted on his chest.

    Price: CDN$ 33.76

    • Diary of a Murderer

    • And Other Stories
    • Written by: Young-ha Kim, Krys Lee - translator
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Diary of a Murderer captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge - between life and death, good and evil. In the titular novella, a former serial killer suffering from memory loss sets his sights on one final target: his daughter's boyfriend, who he suspects is also a serial killer. In other stories we witness an affair between two childhood friends that questions the limits of loyalty and love; a family's disintegration after a baby son is kidnapped and recovered years later; and more.

    Price: CDN$ 17.53

    • The Samurai's Garden

    • A Novel
    • Written by: Gail Tsukiyama
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Gail Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight.

    Price: CDN$ 35.18

    • The Banished Immortal

    • A Life of Li Bai (Li Po)
    • Written by: Ha Jin
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In his own time (701-762), Li Bai's poems - shaped by Daoist thought and characterized by their passion, romance, and lust for life - were never given their proper due by the official literary gatekeepers. Nonetheless, his lines rang out on the lips of court entertainers, tavern singers, soldiers, and writers throughout the Tang dynasty. The Banished Immortal is an extraordinary portrait of a poet who both transcended his time and was shaped by it and whose ability to live, love, and mourn without reservation produced some of the most enduring verses.  

    Price: CDN$ 35.03

    • Zero G

    • Written by: Dan Wells
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 6 y.o. and 4 y.o. loved it

    • By Amazon Customer on 2019-01-02

    Price: CDN$ 7.46

    • Out of the Gobi

    • My Story of China and America
    • Written by: Weijian Shan, Janet Yellen - foreword
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Weijian Shan's Out of the Gobi is a powerful memoir and commentary that will be one of the most important books on China of our time, one with the potential to re-shape how Americans view China, and how the Chinese view life in America. Shan, a former hard laborer who is now one of Asia's best-known financiers, is thoughtful, observant, eloquent, and brutally honest, making him well-positioned to tell the story of a life that is a microcosm of modern China, and of how, improbably, that life became intertwined with America.

    Price: CDN$ 30.69

    • The Guest Cat

    • Written by: Takashi Hiraide
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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    A couple in their 30s live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo; they work at home, freelance copy-editing; they no longer have very much to say to one another. But one day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. It leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. Soon they are buying treats for the cat and enjoying talks about the animal and all its little ways. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife - the days have more light and color.

    Price: CDN$ 23.14

    • Every Falling Star

    • The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
    • Written by: Sungju Lee, Susan McClelland
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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    Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who is forced at age 12 to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly recreates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his "brothers".

    Price: CDN$ 37.04

    • The Selected Poems of Li Po

    • Written by: Li Po, Po Li, David Hinton, and others
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
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    Li Po (AD 701-762) lived in T'ang Dynasty China, but his influence has spanned the centuries: the pure lyricism of his poems has awed readers in China and Japan for over a millennium, and through Ezra Pound’s translations, Li Po became central to the modernist revolution in the West. However ethereal in spirit, his poems remain grounded in the everyday experience we all share. He wrote 1,200 years ago, half a world away, but in his poems we see our world transformed.

    Price: CDN$ 8.71

    • The Souls of Yellow Folk

    • Essays
    • Written by: Wesley Yang
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    One of the most acclaimed essayists of his generation, Wesley Yang writes about race and sex without the jargon, formulas, and polite lies that bore us all. His powerful debut, The Souls of Yellow Folk, does more than collect a decade's worth of cult-reputation essays - it corrals new American herds of pickup artists, school shooters, mandarin zombies, and immigrant strivers, and exposes them to scrutiny, empathy, and polemical force.

    Price: CDN$ 21.92

    • When Red Is Black

    • Inspector Chen Series, Book 3
    • Written by: Qiu Xiaolong
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When the murder of a woman is reported to the Shanghai police while Inspector Chen is on vacation, Sergeant Yu is forced to take charge of the investigation. The victim, Yin Lige, a novelist known for her banned book, has been found dead in her tiny, humble room off the stairwell of a converted multi-family house. It seems that only a neighbor could have committed the crime, for the building is kept locked at night. But there is no apparent motive. Sergeant Yu tries to unravel the reclusive woman's past and begins to realize it may have larger political implications.

    Price: CDN$ 35.08

    • Death of a Red Heroine

    • Inspector Chen Series, Book 1
    • Written by: Qiu Xiaolong
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
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    A young "national model worker," renowned for her adherence to the principles of the Communist Party, turns up dead in a Shanghai canal. As Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Special Cases Bureau struggles to trace the hidden threads of her past, he finds himself challenging the very political forces that have guided his life since birth. Chen must tiptoe around his superiors if he wants to get to the bottom of this crime, and risk his career-perhaps even his life-to see justice done.

    Price: CDN$ 47.03

    • 47 Ronin

    • Written by: John Allyn, Stephen Turnbull (foreword)
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
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    For those looking for the real story behind the fictionalized movie account of the 47 Ronin story, this is the definitive, fascinating account of this unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. It led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history, and in the process, created a new set of heroes in Japan.

    Price: CDN$ 28.19

    • Buttermilk Graffiti

    • A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine
    • Written by: Edward Lee
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    American food is the story of mash-ups. Immigrants arrive, cultures collide, and out of the push-pull come exciting new dishes and flavors. But for Edward Lee, who, like Anthony Bourdain or Gabrielle Hamilton, is as much a writer as he is a chef, that first surprising bite is just the beginning. What about the people behind the food? What about the traditions, the innovations, the memories? A natural-born storyteller, Lee decided to hit the road and spent two years uncovering fascinating narratives from every corner of the country. 

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    • Exploring the connection between food and people

    • By Gordon on 2019-04-27
    • A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine
    • Written by: Edward Lee
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 2018-12-28
    • 5 out of 5 stars 1 rating

    Price: CDN$ 26.30

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