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Wild Swans Audiobook

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Edna Brighton, ON, Canada 05-14-12
    Edna Brighton, ON, Canada 05-14-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Read it rather than listen."
    What did you like best about Wild Swans? What did you like least?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Wild Swans to and why?

    Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See, These were absolutely spellbinding and provided good depictions of recent Chinese history


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joy Osmanski’s performances?

    Definitely not!! I already wasted a credit on this one.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was highly recommended to me as a good read and I am sorry I did not buy the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn 09-28-16
    Evelyn 09-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "well worth the time"

    I devoured it. well written and perfectly performed. The story was one I definitely could not imagine.

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    J. Potter Northern California 09-12-16
    J. Potter Northern California 09-12-16 Member Since 2016

    Sr. Citizen Amature Photographer

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    "Good read"

    l.learned more recent Chinese history reading this book then in any college course. compelling story.

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    Oma B. 09-01-16
    Oma B. 09-01-16
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    "bookclub read"

    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.

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    Jane Loria 09-01-16
    Jane Loria 09-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Difficult to follow"
    Where does Wild Swans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not very highly


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't make it to the ending!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book instead if you can't pay very close attention!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Bird 08-31-16
    Tony Bird 08-31-16 Member Since 2010
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    "If only the narrator could pronounce Chinese"

    This story was a rare uncensored look into the lives of everyday Chinese during the Mao era. It was a moving story with a lot of interesting revelations. The performance was wonderful, and I really enjoyed hearing the narrator's voice. However, it really bugged me that she mispronounced a lot of the Chinese names and place names. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 08-27-16
    Wendy 08-27-16

    aznurse

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    "I can't finish this"

    This would have been a great book if it had been fictionalized or dramatized. Instead, it reads like a newspaper; the characters are flat without dialogue; and the story confusing. While I have loved books by Lisa See and Amy Tan, this one was a dragged out mess. I appreciate the struggles of the Chinese people under Mao and with the antiquated customs and mores, this didn't really invoke empathy. I kept waiting for the characters to come alive, but they never did. The narrator is flat, my mind kept wandering. Skip this one and read Lisa See instead.

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    Linda lee 06-19-16
    Linda lee 06-19-16
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    "Fascinating Story of Growing Up in China Under Mao"

    The book tells the story of several generations of a family growing up in China during the 20th century. It is not easy to live in China even if you are a revolutionary on the right side.

    You are subjected to self criticism and often brutal conditions and punishment.

    The book starts during the "revolution" and fighting and continues through all the changes and experiments of the twentieth century under Mao.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Indiana Running Mom 06-03-16

    running mom

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    "Wonderful story of china history"

    Very touching story told through the eyes of 3 generations of white swans (strong Chinese women) I understand the culture better in light of this book. Loved the character development

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    jklgirl 05-26-16
    jklgirl 05-26-16 Member Since 2007

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    "Might be better reading the book"
    Any additional comments?

    I am the first to admit I get distracted when confronted with names and cities with which I am unfamiliar. I had trouble with names and places in this book. I think the story is very poignant and historical, but I finally gave up halfway through. For those who are familiar with China and various names, places, and regimes, this book would be fascinating. I was unfamiliar and couldn't keep up. My bad....not the book's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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