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Marcus

HENDERSON, NV, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jung Chang
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (231)

    Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

    Mike says: "A real shocker!"
    "An Indictment of Communist China under Mao"
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    Where does Wild Swans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to two books so far with Audible, Unbroken and Wild Swans, and Wild Swans ranks second. But Unbroken is hard, very hard, for any audio book to beat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Swans?

    The real life depictions of the suffering and state of mind of the Chinese during the Cultural Revolution.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chang's father rejecting the Ting's and writing the letter to Mao.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Chang's mother running to Chang, trying to bring her some dumplings, before Chang left for her father's camp.


    Any additional comments?

    This book provides a description of communist China under Mao that is not only essential to understand China's history, but its present as well. And because China is such a major player in our world today, it should be a must-read for any educated person. At times the book drags on, and can, on occasion, be boring. But I'm not convinced that that is Chang's fault and not mine.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11913)
    Performance
    (7866)
    Story
    (7902)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Look no further, this is the book for you"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You need to listen to this book. Not only to appreciate POW's but to appreciate the wonder of human endurance, achievement, and hope.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Watanabe.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't cry. But this book made me cry. Your character and attitude will change along side Louis'. This book made me a better man.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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