©2003 Li Cunxin; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pyt Ltd by arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia)
"[A] heartening rags-to-riches story." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Paul English] exercises such an intense and masterful concentration on the text that the listener's interest never flags....He imbues the narrative with ingenuousness and enthusiasm, which endearingly befit the image Li is attempting to present of himself. The result is an audiobook that is superior to its source." (AudioFile)
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
Thank you, Li, for setting down your story for us. With doors and windows to China closed to the west for so long, many of us have wished to understand about the changes which took place for people in China. I appreciate your honesty, and how your story is presented. This will become a classic story, suitable for all ages. Your children, family, and each of those who assisted throughout your life can be proud of this wonderful recounting. I, too, would enjoy the tale narrated by an oriental reader, hopefully, someday soon that will also be available.
I was interests in the story but it did move slowly at times. The author seemed to spend a long time describing elements which weren't really all that crucial to the story
I'm a twenty-something lit nerd who enjoys Romance, Fantasy and YA Fiction. I like strong female heroes and entertaining readers.
Mao's Last Dancer is an audiobook that I've come back to over and over again. Listening to Cunxin's story of hard work and dedication leading to a life of freedom and fame is absorbing and uplifting. This is the tale of a man who has had to overcome many obstacles. He makes me grateful for my life. I'll never look at a yam the same way again.
Anyone who enjoys interesting biographies will enjoy this book. His descriptions help the listener to feel the breaks and pains of learning to dance and the heartbreak he endures brought tears to my eyes. Please, give this one a try for those days when you think your life is too hard.
I'm sure the book is good, but I think it was a bit too slow for me. The entire Cultural Revolution can be an interesting topic, but just like how one can love or hate a particular high school class because of the teacher, one can like or dislike an audiobook from the reader. I'm not insulting him as an individual at all. The British accent while reading this didn't work for me in the first place and his pronunciation of the Mandarin words was off - a lot.
I'm sure the story is great, but it was moving just too slowly for me.
This autobiography about Li Cunxin's life is much more than a story about an incredible ballet dancer. Life as a peasant under Mao and the propaganda about the Eastern world is simply unbelievable. You don't have to know anything about ballet or to even be interested in ballet to enjoy this beautiful story. It was simple yet powerful.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
After reading immediately prior to this book the autobiography of the Dalai Lama, this book had an added element of historical importance. I truly enjoyed the story of Li Cunxin and would love to meet him in person. What an amazing life!
Mao's Last Dancer is an enthralling story, well written and supberly narrated. Li Cunxin's biography humanises life behind Mao's iron curtain, and is a great story of personal courage. Reads more like a novel than a dry biography, and the narrator brings the personalities to life.
An intoxicating story that you will not be willing to stop listening to. Brilliant story telling about a life torn by the love of a country and a love of dancing. The narration is excellent.
"Mao's Last Dancer" is wonderful! It captures the reader's interest from the first moments. The narrator (Paul English) is wonderful! I highly recommend this book for everyone.
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