©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 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 was hooked from the start. the narrator is perfect. the story is informative, clear, follows a well explained path while managing to never get tedious, and is very touching. it was so well rounded and balanced in every aspect. Plus it was nice to learn some history from a Chinese perspective and to understand their experiences with politics and communism in that time. I would recommend this story to anyone.
Informative,, entertaining, heart-warming
Li. The book was about him.
He made me think that he was telling his own story.
Yes. I was never easy to stop listening.
This is not the kind of book I usually read, but I enjoyed it very much. I would encourage everyone to give it a try. It was delightful.
well worth the time to listen to every word. made me look forward to my driving time.
The actual story is interesting. However, he makes the mistake of having no faults! And his family is also pretty faultless, and the dancers he works with work hard and never complain! No prima donnas in either the Chinese school of dance or the Houston Ballet.
Too perfect for me! I started shaking my head at it. I don't think anyone is as perfect as he claims to be. But still and interesting insight into life in China.
The story was of our hero growing up in pure communism and deep poverty and how luck and hard work took him beyond his roots...about having a few choice goals and challenges and a huge work ethic.
I am retire, love to read
Everything in the book is great. His family principles, the love for his parents and brothers. The love and respect for his original country. The honesty and respect for US. The admiration for his teachers. The dedication for ballet. He is an spiration person in all the way.
All the characters were good
No, I want to enjoy the book, I took my time.
I will give this book to the University students to learn about Mao, difficult times, respect for the parents, respect for they countries.
I enjoyed listening to Mao's Last Dancer. this book is beautifully written. There were tearful moments and there were funny ones also.
As Americans, we often take for granted the freedom and luxuries we have. Mao's Last Dancer depicts the hardship during communist China while Li was growing up. Yet, Li's story gives us that through perseverance, hope and love one can overcome roadblocks. He shared visions of success to become a dancer someday. He admitted failures as well.
There were moments in the story when it felt heartwtenching of the events that took place in Li's early life. On the other hand, I laughed at some parts of the atory.
Paul English, the narrator, performed very, very well. He varied his tonality to different characters. Paul was able to act out emotions and the pronunciation of words in Chinese and French were clear.
I wouldn't mind listening to this audio book again.
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