I loved listening to Amy Chua narrate her own book.
My only previous knowledge was the review that went viral and the vitriol that followed. To that I can only say... those people clearly didn't even read the book.
She is insightful, self-aware, funny and extremely smart. Also, there was huge character development and I am amazed at her bravery in putting her story out there.
Yes, she is very extreme but all cultures have their weaknesses, and I do believe she was well-intentioned. Never did she say that the book was advice; it is merely her memoir, fully endorsed by her family.
The author has a frustrating type A personality which makes her annoyingly obsessive throughout the book. Despite the fact that she criticizes western parents for emphasizing sports over more important activities, her obsession is very reminiscent of the overzealous sports western parent she is rebelling against.
She makes the story enjoyable though and you stay engaged waiting to see the results of her obsession. I enjoyed the book and believe every western parent should read it to measure ourselves against the extreme that she describes as "the tiger mom". I think it is a worthwhile exercise for all of us.
I got hooked on audiobooks when I used to work in a public library. I like that they are much more immersive than physical books or ebooks.
I love it when authors narrate their own work, makes it much more meaningful. Although I totally disagree with Amy's parenting style, this was a fascinating book.
Love non-fiction - I'm looking for inspiration, motivation and new directions - all the time!
I thought my mom was a tiger mother (not the Chinese kind .. the Indian kind, so replace violin with Math!!) but the author is times 10! I am constantly thinking of what my parenting style is going to be when my baby isn't 2 anymore ... and I appreciate Amy's approach, at least in (big) parts. My first step would be to figure out if I have the commitment and work ethic it would take to be her ...lol!
The book is an easy, engaging read (or listen) leaves you with a lot of food for thought (if you can get past the almost fictional parts of the book and just believe it's all real and that your baby will be competing with a tiger mothers cub somewhere down the road!!!) and also has several "don't dos" if you don't want to be hated by your baby and/or spouse several times a year!!!
Great book, very well written, and very honest
Amy Chua is very honest in this book knowing fully well that the description of her child-raising methods do not reflect well on her. However she does make many interesting and correct observation about western way of raising kids. I have kids and will definitely not treat this as a "how to book" but rather an investing read. I recommended this book to everyone I know.
I enjoy "Battle Hymn" mostly because of the contrast to the un-involved parents of my youth. Listen to enjoy, not for parenting tips. It is the time and resources expended on children that makes them great, not Amy's hard-line attitude. Her endless stereotyping and equally endless attempts at bragging (her dog has descended from wolves [sorry Amy, they ALL have]) might put off sensitive people.
If you think of Amy as a that special friend who loves themselves a little too much and relax you might enjoy this as much as I did.
I found many things similar to my family's customs and ways. The personalities of children just is so unique and the book did a great job showing how different all children are. Some of the events made me burst into laughter! Great book!!
Amy's parenting style is different from what I'm know but it's affective. Reading this book gave me many ideas on parenting. It force me to look at my life and my history. Had my parent drilled me like she drill her daughter I would not struggle so much n college. Over all great book.
We all want the best for our kids. Work ethic is something we can all teach our children. This book opened my eyes to aspects of my parenting that I can improve on. I want my children to succeed in this global world. Success is working hard at something you truly love. Thank you Amy! Your girls can never accuse you of not spending time with.