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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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    "Inspiring story"

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

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    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-30-12
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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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    Rebecc Jacksonville, FL, USA 08-30-16
    Rebecc Jacksonville, FL, USA 08-30-16 Member Since 2011
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    "BRAVO!!!"

    Just outstanding. His story is amazing. The telling is done beautifully.
    If you like reading anything, you will love this!

    Yet another outstanding book I would have never found without its 'daily deal' promotion by Audible. Thank you!

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    Ryan C Engler 08-30-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Most Enjoyable"

    This was the most enjoyable book I've experienced. Great story, descriptions, and interesting. Other books may be more dramatic or involved, but this was soulful and real. I very much recommend Li Cunxin's life story for insight and entertainment.

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    Amazon Customer 08-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    such great detail and emotion told in this story. i felt for the main character and all he had to endure.

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    "heartbreaking but beautiful "

    I have often wondered how people lived through the cultural revolution. I am humbled and filled awe about how the human spirit survives and thrives and how love makes it all worthwhile.

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    Did you know how much better off the wealthy and politically connected of America are than the poorest class of China? Would you like to pretend that a Chinese immigrant would be able to seamlessly enter the American upper class and that George Bush would do him personal favors? Would you like to bash China for all of their crimes while ignoring their 7% growth rate and historic amount of people lifted out of poverty? Would you like to pretend that life in America is highly privileged for everyone? Here's a book for you. Long live Reagan.

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    Robbie 08-28-16
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    What an inspiring story! Very well told by the author. Performance was spot on.

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    CHRIS 08-28-16
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    "Great, interesting & Entertaining!"

    Wasn't sure about if I would like it but the title grabbed me and took off from the word go! There are a few cuss words but I wouldn't object to listening with preteens or older!

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    Gretta Roberts 08-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This story was one of the best I have heard."

    I am so happy Lee told his story. I laughed and I cried. It was so raw and real. Thank you!

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