The book is so biased against Mao that it raised skepticism in my mind regarding it validity. There is a great deal of unnecessary description of gory punishments. Given that they happened more than 40 years ago, it is unlikely that the authors actually validated them. They appeared to overstate them to sell more copies of the book. That aside, Robertson Dean did an excellent job of narration, as he always does.
It felt less like a biography and more like a detailed and overly graphic catalog of crimes against humanity.
An unbiased telling of the history of Mao Zedong.
Since reading this book I have found out just how many historians and academics completely disregard this "memoir". This is not actually worthy of being considered a history, it's mostly fiction.
IT IS HARD TO FIND A MORE DEPLORABLE LEADER IN THE 20TH CENTURY THAN MAO OR EVEN HIS EQUAL. HITLER WAS A NICE GUY BY COMPARISON. IT IS NO WONDER THIS AUTHOR SOUNDS BIASED AGAINST HIM. THIS BOOK SHOULD SERVE AS A WAKE UP CALL SEEING THAT THIS TERRIBLY TRAUMATIZED NATION WILL SOON BE AT THE APEX OF WORLD POWER. HAVING BEEN REARED BY SUCH A CRUEL TASK MASTER WHAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP WILL IT PROVIDE IN THE WAKE OF USA'S PREEMINENCE? METHINKS THE NATIONS WILL HARKEN BACK FONDLY TO THE DAYS WHEN AMERICA WAS AT THE WORLD'S HELM. WE HAD THE LIKES OF GEORGE WASHINGTON , DECENT AND NOBEL IN WORD AND DEED WHO SET OUR PRECEDENTS. BY COMPARISON: RED CHINA'S GOT ONE VERY LONG CRUEL CRUEL NIGHTMARE TO LOOK TO AT HER FOUNDING. MERCY!
HE'S A GOOD READER. DUNNO ABOUT CHINESE PRONUNCIATION.
1) Awful narration
Imagine listening to an audiobook about italian cooking, only to have the narrator pronouce gnocchi as "Guh No Chi". Yeah. That's this book right here. You are telling me of all the working narrators out there, they can't get someone that can pronounce Chinese names properly? Really? Chinese is very tonal, and his complete butcher job made it hard to understand or discipher between names/places. It was painful to listen to.
2) Filled with information while not being informative.
This book should be called "a bullet list of things that makes me hate Mao".
That's all it is. A big ol' list of why Mao is awful with hardly any context.
For example, the book seem to think that Mao doesn't obey anyone's orders, including the Russians who were backing the burgeoning communist movement. But the Russians kept backing him because "they needed a star" or some such reasoning. Um... what? Give us some more context as to why that was. I don't feel like I understood much more about Mao or China, or communist politics as a result of this book. I just now have a big list of reason why the author hates Mao.
I've listened to many books now, and this one is utterly unreadable for people that are not familiar with Chinese names. You'll be lost by the fourth hour of listening.
This biography needs a preface to explain the translation, of if it was written in English, to say a little about the author. My next sentence will explain my problem with Mao The Untold Story
Moreover, this book, which is written is a way such as I can not concentrate, is torture to read.
There are plenty of sentences like that in this book. And some really funny miss-used words too. I have never seen a house with motley brick walls, but I would like to.