Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller that has sold more than 13 million copies, a critically acclaimed history of China, a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty, and an uplifting story of bravery and survival. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's 20th century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this masterpiece is extraordinary in every way.
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"An inspiring tale of women who survived every kind of hardship, deprivation and political upheaval with their humanity intact." (Hillary Clinton, in O, The Oprah Magazine)
"Wild Swans is riveting. It's blindingly good: a mad adventure story, a fairy tale of courage, and a tale of atrocities. You can't, as they say, put it down. (The New Yorker)
I made several attempts to finish listening to this book, but couldn't do it. The story line is dull and made even worse by the narrator. She was very monotonous and seemed bored with the story as well. Would return it if I could.
This story tells us about three generations of a family with unbelievable personal details on their experience in such and enticing way not included in history books. At each step, I wondered what will happen next. Too bad the voice narrating was way too flat. The subject deserved a better narrator.
No, her voice is way too flat without emotion. The only reason I continued to listening was because the story was great and wanted to learn what happened next.
The content is interesting - it is a fascinating period of history. However, the writing style was painfully dull, and detracted from what could have been a 5 star book.
The writing lacked color and style. It read like a newspaper report, giving facts, but devoid of any real beauty in the use of language.
The narrator of The Valley Of Amazement would have been excellent. Osmanski's speaking voice is irritating, and interfered with my attempts to stay interested in the book.
I would have returned this, but for some reason it was marked "ineligible for return." Overall, I am sorry I bought this.
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a historian, maybe
probably not, the flat somewhat nasal narration was more than i could take for hours. I gave up after 1 hour
maybe a good story but the format of a "tale told" was unappealing to me.
I read this book back in the 1990s in a book club and loved it, so I was happy to see it in Audible. I thought the narrator was very stilted and must have been chosen just because she can pronounce Chinese names. I must not have finished it in the 90s because the last half gets boring and I didn't remember it at all. Or was it the narration? I cannot recommend this version although the content is amazing. My schooling certainly never got up to Mao and the cultural Revolution. I may have to try her book in Mao that is more recent.
This book was unbelievably boring though it was a great look into communist china. Overall it is well written but unless you like biographies this is not the book for you
A terrific reading voice, she was able to keep up interest even though there was little dialog.
A Chinese women's odyssey - from bound feet through communism to the present.
Information filled, and epic, I consider this tome an important contribution to history. Literature? Maybe not. This book has very little dialog. It is a long journey, most of it "told"; very little "shown".
The author uses the story of 3 generations or her family to reveal the story of China.
It was a tapestry that included both the personal and political histories of a place that has been shrouded in mystery.
Yes, I would recommend this to some friends with similar interests
She has a very harsh tone. Soften it a bit please. It is hard listening to her for long
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