We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother | [Amy Chua]

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.
Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards - and the costs - of raising her children the Chinese way.

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way - the Chinese way - and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin. Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene: "According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing: 1. Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse. 2. I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality. 3. If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!"

But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices - the exacting attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons - the depth of her love for her children becomes clear.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting - and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.

©2010 Amy Chua (P)2011 Penguin Audio

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (652 )
5 star
 (229)
4 star
 (236)
3 star
 (125)
2 star
 (35)
1 star
 (27)
Overall
4.0 (392 )
5 star
 (150)
4 star
 (127)
3 star
 (79)
2 star
 (19)
1 star
 (17)
Story
4.1 (388 )
5 star
 (171)
4 star
 (130)
3 star
 (55)
2 star
 (22)
1 star
 (10)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Bimal San Jose, CA, United States 04-02-11
    Bimal San Jose, CA, United States 04-02-11 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent!!!"

    This is a great listen. Amy Chua's narration is really touching. I finished this in a day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 02-21-11
    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 02-21-11 Member Since 2001
    HELPFUL VOTES
    72
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    647
    58
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "Awful!!!"

    I had high hopes for this book when I first began reading it, and in the first chapter or two it actually made me rethink some of my parenting skills and had some really good "reality checks" for being too soft on your kids. But this woman is so completely over the top, I could barely finish the story. I was so tired of her comparison approach to "Western" parenting as opposed to "Chinese" parenting, I could have puked. It smacked of gross generalizations and racism. She constantly bashed Western parenting (whatever that means as it was a totally stereotypical perspective) while she bashes her children with her outrageous demands. This woman is so over the top, you really just want to smack her! Her perspective is so pretentious and elitist, it's sickening. She complains of "American Consumerism" and yet her whole life phylosophy is built on elitism, all the while living in her three story home with a ping pong room, throwing insanely expensive parties, and traveling all over the world.... gee I can see consumerism is a big issue in her household. GAG ME!!!!!! At the end of this story, I wavered between feeling really really pissed off and physically sick. She is NO Amy Tan.... that is for sure. As to her narration, if the authors reading is any where close to the way she speaks to her kids (which I'm sure she toned down to flatter herself) I feel sorry for her kids and her husband. While she says she's just being tough to spur them on to greatness, she really just comes off as being tyrannical, controlling, and self absorbed in the extreme - terrified of what others will think of HER because of her children. YUCK!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Abdur Abdul-Malik Sacramento, CA USA 01-25-11
    Abdur Abdul-Malik Sacramento, CA USA 01-25-11 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    101
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    164
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "Ignore the Noise, Every Parent Should Read This"

    Amy Chua has come under a lot of fire for this book. I think most of the people decrying her as an abusive parent are basing their claims on the distorted synopsis done by The Wall Street journal article "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." (The title wasn't Chua's choice.)

    This book is written with a lot of humor and brutal honesty. It gives the reader much to think about. I don't agree with everything Chua says and definitely feel she could have dialed it back a bit, but she raises important issues every parent must face. Every kid has 24 hours each day to use, should they use it texting for 4 hours a day? Watching TV for 6 hours? Playing stupid Facebook games for hours on end? Blasting enemy soldiers into gobs of goo on their Playstation 3s or Xboxes?

    While there is a lot of space between letting your kid be a "typical" American and being a Tiger Mother, the USA's dismal education record says more parents need to be as engaged as Amy Chua.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Peg Evergreen, CO, United States 02-08-11
    Peg Evergreen, CO, United States 02-08-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Does the end justify the means?"

    It was hard to stomach the way Amy Chua almost bragged about the verbal abuse she heaped upon her children. One can also train a puppy to be totally obedient and accomplished with the use of a shock collar, but the same or better results can also be achieved using patience and kindness. I equate Ms Chua's child rearing practices akin to the "shock collar" method of training dogs--despite the results, it is nonetheless abuse. As a piano teacher myself, and also the mother of a straight-A teenager who is accomplished at piano, violin and viola, I believe Ms Chua's methods were over-the-top harsh and extreme, and certainly not worth any of the almighty "prizes" her children might achieve. It remains to be seen whether those children will go through adulthood psychologically unscathed by their mother's "love."

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matthew Stratford, CT, United States 09-13-12
    Matthew Stratford, CT, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Full-time traveling Leadership Consultant with Beta Theta Pi Fraternity -- Audible helps my travel days turn into fantastical landscapes!

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sharing a Unique Cultural Perspective"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without a doubt would share them with others, as it is engaging and is a real story. You can feel the emotion and authenticity from Amy Chua as she shares her journey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is written from Amy Chua's perspective and she often shares insight of what she was thinking and what was going on with her internally. I loved this self-reflection and understanding that she shared and really felt connected with her.


    What about Amy Chua’s performance did you like?

    The authenticity shone through with Amy Chua's performance of the book. You could hear the emotion and love for her children and for her children's progress thorugh the entire story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. Churchill Anaheim, CA USA 12-20-11
    J. Churchill Anaheim, CA USA 12-20-11 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unique point of view"
    What did you love best about Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

    Amy Chua is an ernest and dedicated Tiger Mom. It was good to hear the story in her voice because she captured nuances another narrator might have missed. Her story is engaging and will really make you think about our Western way of viewing achievement, dedication, discipline and individualism. She made me want to add more discipline but also made me aware of how we place importance on being social. We might eliminate so many play-dates and add more music practice in our household, but maybe not. See what you think!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    erika jimenez 09-07-11 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tiger Mother..."

    This book was very powerful and thought provoking. I listened to this book with an open mind and I was pleasantly surprised at the tenacity that Amy Chua has in raising her daughters as well as the bravery she expelled in writing and publishing this book. The best part was listening to how she learned more about herself through the strict discipline she required of her daughters and how the end results confirmed her goals but also allowed her to understand that her daughters needed to affirm their own with the same competitive spirit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stephanie PANAMA CITY, FL, United States 08-17-11
    Stephanie PANAMA CITY, FL, United States 08-17-11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    "insightful book!"

    I loved this audio so much, I keep listening to it over and over again. THis book really makes me wish my mother was a tiger mother. I wish I wasn't lazy in my youth, I could have been further in life had someone pushed me. We need more tiger mothers in the world!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    CHRISTINE FPO, AP, United States 02-03-11
    CHRISTINE FPO, AP, United States 02-03-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Honest and Sincere"

    I loved listening to this book. Amy Chua did a fine job narrating but her story told through a mother's eyes was delightful. She gave a very good perspective on the expectations for families that have immigrated and explained how their work ethic is like none that I know. After reading this book, I have been enlightened and motivated to take some of her experiences with me and apply them. Amy Chua is talented and her family follows.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Reader of Malcolm Gladwell United States 01-23-11
    Reader of Malcolm Gladwell United States 01-23-11 Listener Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Outstanding mom"

    If everyone loves children as much as Amy does, the world will become a peaceful place.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 61-70 of 71 results PREVIOUS1678NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.