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Filmguy

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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
    (302)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    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"
    "Way Beyond Dance"
    Overall

    I first passed up this gem because I had no interest in dance much less the world of ballet. What a mistake that was. Li Cunxin takes you into the fascinating lives of peasants in rural socialist China under Mao and his struggles to find his way in a dangerous and changing world. His story is unique, totally engaging and extraordinary. This autobiography is far from simple rags-to-riches success story. His style is down-to-earth and crafted with artistry. The book is beautifully narrated and I remained totally engaged from beginning to end.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Michael and Natasha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rosemary Crawford, Donald Crawford
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    He was Grand Duke Michael, handsome brother of Tsar Nicholas II. She was the beautiful twice-divorced daughter of a Moscow lawyer. Their scandalous love affair and their runaway marriage to Vienna in 1912, trailed by the Tsar's secret police, caused uproar in Russia and was the talk of all Europe.

    Filmguy says: "More than a Love Story"
    "More than a Love Story"
    Overall

    The writers managed very successfully to stitch together an account of Michael and Natasha’s lives from letters and other sources in a manner that breathed life into what could have been very dry material, yet they did so without getting carried away or drifting too far from facts. For me, the background of this love story, the fall of the Romanoffs and Tsarist Russia was more interesting than their relationship – but that is why I read the book in the first place. Never straying far from the known facts, there is a tendency to include far too many love letters, word for soppy word, which is my only criticism. It is beautifully read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kabloona: Among the Inuit

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gontran de Poncins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Kabloona is a true story of a journey into the North. This extraordinary classic has been variously acclaimed as one of the great books of adventure, travel, anthropology, and spiritual awakening.

    Filmguy says: "Fascinating Adventure"
    "Fascinating Adventure"
    Overall

    I enjoyed every minute of this fascinating adventure. His attitude toward the Inuit is less than enlightened (which is not a surprise considering when it was written), but his descriptions of the people and their culture are unsurpassed and never dull or boring. You will want to drag out your map and track his adventure like I did.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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