Just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed this audio book, along with Oracle Bones, also by Peter Hessler and narrated by Peter Berkrot. True, the narrator's pronunciation of Chinese words is not native-like, but overall I would rate the narration very high, and would hate to think that someone might pass up this book just because of that! The Chinese words are quite comprehensible, and Mr. Berkrot's engaging style of narration helped to make the 18-ish hour audio book a real pleasure!
This is a great book. I enjoyed learning about China through the balanced perspective of someone who obviously has a great deal of love for both the US and China, as well as someone who has held many important positions in the Chinese government.
One letdown is the lack of serious reflection about the events of Tiananmen Square. Still, there are many things about recent Chinese history that I did not know before listening to this book, such as the attempted assassination of Premiere Zhou Enlai by US backed Taiwanese forces.
Overall an intriguing story, well told!
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