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Timothy

Lehi, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (130)

    In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China.

    BARRY says: "Excellent book and narration"
    "In defense of the narrator"
    Overall

    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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Man on Mao's Right: From Harvard Yard to Tiananmen Square, My Life Inside China's Foreign Ministry

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ji Chaozhu
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    No other narrative from within the corridors of power has offered as frank and intimate an account of the making of the modern Chinese nation as Ji Chaozhu's The Man on Mao's Right. Having served Chairman Mao Zedong and the Communist leadership for two decades, and having become a key figure in China's foreign policy, Ji now provides an honest, detailed account of the personalities and events that shaped today's People's Republic.

    Adam says: "Very enlightening"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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