I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
Thank you, Li, for setting down your story for us. With doors and windows to China closed to the west for so long, many of us have wished to understand about the changes which took place for people in China. I appreciate your honesty, and how your story is presented. This will become a classic story, suitable for all ages. Your children, family, and each of those who assisted throughout your life can be proud of this wonderful recounting. I, too, would enjoy the tale narrated by an oriental reader, hopefully, someday soon that will also be available.
This autobiography about Li Cunxin's life is much more than a story about an incredible ballet dancer. Life as a peasant under Mao and the propaganda about the Eastern world is simply unbelievable. You don't have to know anything about ballet or to even be interested in ballet to enjoy this beautiful story. It was simple yet powerful.
This is an excellent, fascinating story of one of the last dancers to come out of the Mao regime. His story was interesting to me on several levels. On the most basic level that almost anyone can enjoy is the unfolding of a cultural revolution in China while being emotionally involved in the story of a key player. A young boy is taken from his village (that had no power or running water!) to train in the old communist system to become one of the world's most celebrated dancers. Realizing that this man is not yet 50 and his ability to experience the cultural changes that have overtaken China within his lifetime is nothing short of mind boggling.
I have to say that I am perplexed at why they do not have an Asian narrating this story, or at least a reader with an Asian accent which would have made this much more authentic for me. The narrator was not bad and after reading the name of the title character in print, I was glad to let someone else do the pronunciations for me, but still...
Because I am a dancer/choreographer, the performer in me enjoyed the artistic exploration of the story. Ben Stevenson, the current artistic director of the DFW Ballet is a key person here and I have seen both him and his work several times, so that was an added level of interest.
While not the best literary work, it is a fascinating story and very credit worthy.
The narrator was good in his reading of the book, but he had the wrong accent. I kept forgetting the main character was Asian. He just didn't fit the book in this case.
The story is astonishing! How pure hard work and a bit of luck bring someone from poverty to success. This is a very inspiring story.
The narrator makes a huge contribution to make this story funnier.
I was interests in the story but it did move slowly at times. The author seemed to spend a long time describing elements which weren't really all that crucial to the story