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
I'm not sure what was better, the reading style or the writing style. Both came together to make a truly 5 star book. I was surprised at how interesting this story was. I like biographies, and figured I'd go through this book during my down time, but the book hooked me from the beginning. The story was compelling and interesting. The author was honest about his mistakes and weaknesses. Even for someone who knows nothing about ballet or dance, this story is well worth the read.
Paul's reading style made the story come alive. His clear presentation and style of reading made it seem like the author was telling the story before friends.
This book is a rather nice way to see into and gain perspective on the changes in China's political history since the era of Mao and how it affected one man and one family. Well read
ABSOLUTELY. I plan on it. I rarely listen to a book twice but this one is a re-listen for sure! I am going to take notes this time.
The Boys in the Boat. I love factual historic stories. They are both epic
EVERYTHING! He was wonderful. I fell in love with him.
Absolutely. Only I couldn't take the time. It felt like a dear friend waiting for me when I could get back to it.
I love Audible. I am an American living and teaching at a university in Beijing. This story and presentation went right to my heart. I travel a lot and as a result of that and poor internet I have regular questions. It is wonderful to be able to chat with an Audible person. They are always kind, helpful and responsive. If more businesses had such integrity the world would be a better place. Thank you to all of you. I just gave Mao's Last Dancer as a gift to a dear Chinese friend. I plan to give it again and again to others. I am off on another adventure, loaded with more Audible books to keep me company.
50 something female, not a bibliophile by any stretch of the imagination. Don't have time to sit. I love history and biographies.
Cunxin's story was very moving and truly put into more accurate perspective my existence. This is such a true and authentic account of a very trying life for an entire family, a family of beautiful souls. Early in the story I must admit that I found the detailed account of every childhood memory a bit tedious. However, I admit that every detail is important to the story. I loved hearing this true story of a very strong individual. The narrator's acting was superb.
I really enjoyed this 'rags to riches' story about Li Cunxin. What a life he and his family endured under Mao. I feel so blest living in America when I hear how others struggle in other countries. I'm glad he was successful, defected from China and had such a fulfilling life. Bravo to him for the courage and persistence he had.
I learned a lot about the culture and history of China while weaving in a very interesting real life story. There are times that it seems to be a bit braggadocious, not because the author intended it to be but anytime someone is telling of their own achievements and accomplishments there are times that it may seem that way. But I'm very glad I listened and it kept my interest to the end.