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Derek

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  • Mao's Last Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Li Cunxin
    • Narrated By Paul English
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    This is the true story of how one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars, and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West.

    Pamela says: "Life in perspective"
    "A Life Story Beautifully Told"
    Overall

    As a Chinese American born in Taiwan, I can relate to the Chinese custom and tradition in the story. But I was struck by the poverty living in the Communist China in that era.

    The story was truly inspirational. It taught us that determination combined with hard work paves the way to greatness. And yet Li's deeply-rooted Chinese family values and love for his family still came through all along. This is the "hero's journey" at its best.

    The narration was excellent. At times, I thought there were several people speaking for each role. The British/Australian accent didn't take much time to get used to and the pronunciation of Chinese names were pretty good.

    This is among one of the best memoirs I have listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Godless: The Church of Liberalism

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    Godless is the most explosive book yet from #1 New York Times best-selling author Ann Coulter. In this completely original and thoroughly controversial work, Coulter writes, "Liberals love to boast that they are not 'religious', which is what one would expect to hear from the state-sanctioned religion. Of course liberalism is a religion.

    Kenneth says: "Somebodies ears are burning"
    "Very refreshing conservative view"
    Overall

    After reading this book, I have new-found respect for the conservative view. As a person raised as a christian and educated in the engineering/science field, I often have to defend my conservative background in front of the liberals. Thanks for helping me with my arguments. The author takes offenses on the liberal logics but did not attempt to defend the conservative logics - a shortcoming of the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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