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.
©2011 Jung Chang (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"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 did not like it at all because of the narrator. the book is written as a narrative and it comes across like a school teacher reading to her class. I found it hard to connect to the drama of the story. The lack of dialogue requires an exceptional reader to bring this story to life and this reader was far from exceptional. Obviously the book is full of interesting history but her lecturing style was bland and boring.
Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See, These were absolutely spellbinding and provided good depictions of recent Chinese history
Definitely not!! I already wasted a credit on this one.
This was highly recommended to me as a good read and I am sorry I did not buy the book.
Story is good but the narrator is not very good.
As a fluent Chinese speaker, the Chinese pronunciation is unbearable. If you are going to have the narrator speak foreign languages in a audio book you might as well find someone who can actually pronounce the words properly. As a fluent Chinese speaker, I am suppose to understand the Chinese words spoken in the book. However that is not the case. I do not think you can find ANY Chinese person, (The author included) that can understand the narrator's Chinese pronunciations. This is really not Joy's fault. The publisher/producer of the auidobook should have found someone who can actually pronounce the words properly.
I learned so much about China and all that her people have gone through. I found this book to be extremely well-written, very interesting, actually captivating. I'm grateful for the information that the author shared.
I am so in awe of the author. She and her family endured so much yet she had the fortitude to write this history. Those who read it take art of her family with them. Thank you
first of I would not have chosen this book, because it isn't my usual genre. But it was chosen for our book club read. This is a very long book nevertheless very enjoyable. the narrator does an excellent job with the names and making listening fun and enjoyable. The difficult parts are the cruelty and mean and unfair treatments of the generations under the different leaders. This book gave me a better understanding of the Chinese culture and history. It is very sad at times but also ends on a positive note.
Not very highly
Didn't make it to the ending!
Too difficult for me to follow the storyline - I think this would be much more enjoyable to read than to listen to. Not enough characters are referenced by name (rather than description, familial tie, etc) for me to carefully track the plot (while driving).
Read the book instead if you can't pay very close attention!
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