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Mao's Last Dancer Audiobook

Mao's Last Dancer

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Publisher's Summary

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. Here is Li Cunxin's own story, a beautiful, rich account of an inspirational life, told with honesty, dignity, and pride.

©2003 Li Cunxin; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pyt Ltd by arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia)

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Jo 04-02-15
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    "Inspiring story"

    I loved how the storytelling from his father and his teachers were a part of shaping his core values and inner strength.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-30-12
    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-30-12
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    "Interesting but a bit slow at times"
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    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

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Monaace 09-28-16
    Monaace 09-28-16
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    "Brilliant Narration, Beautiful 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.

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    FromTheOzarks 09-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book!!"
    If you could sum up Mao's Last Dancer in three words, what would they be?

    Informative,, entertaining, heart-warming


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Li. The book was about him.


    What about Paul English’s performance did you like?

    He made me think that he was telling his own story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I was never easy to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 09-28-16
    Mark 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved the story and pace of history it described. "

    well worth the time to listen to every word. made me look forward to my driving time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 09-27-16
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 09-27-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Narcissistic but interesting"

    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.

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    Dale 09-25-16
    Dale 09-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Exotic and moving story"

    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.

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    Suramericana 09-25-16 Member Since 2016

    I am retire, love to read

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    "Spiration book"
    Where does Mao's Last Dancer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mao's Last Dancer?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Paul English – was your favorite?

    All the characters were good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I want to enjoy the book, I took my time.


    Any additional comments?

    I will give this book to the University students to learn about Mao, difficult times, respect for the parents, respect for they countries.

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    cinderpants 09-25-16
    cinderpants 09-25-16 Member Since 2011
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    "This was an excellent book."

    I loved this book. The narrator did a wonderful job. Well worth the credit, you won't regret it.

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    GinaLatte CA 09-25-16
    GinaLatte CA 09-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful autobiography"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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