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China Road Audiobook

China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

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Publisher's Summary

National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

©2007 Robert Gifford; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    William 07-05-10
    William 07-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Makes China come alive"

    His knowledge of the people, culture, and language makes this a rare find. If you like the travel-history genre (like Kaplan's Balkan Ghosts) I think you will like this as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikolas Manchester, NH, USA 04-22-10
    Nikolas Manchester, NH, USA 04-22-10 Member Since 2016
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    "An oasis in the Gobi desert !"

    The past, the present and the future of the Chinese culture presented without bias and lively along with living conditions, aspirations and dreams of the people of China and China provinces. Perfect

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah arroyo grande, CA, United States 09-26-09
    Deborah arroyo grande, CA, United States 09-26-09
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    "The New China is Amazing"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this tale of travels across China. How China has developed in the last 25 years is amazing. Gifford interspersed history and folk tales with descriptions of his travels in a manner that was engaging and informative. I didn't want his trip to end. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Listen 05-12-16
    Listen 05-12-16
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    "Excellent!"

    The author knows what he is talking about. He has deep understanding of China and a sympathetic yet balanced analysis of today's China. The narrator is superb as well. Get this book , you won't be disappointed.

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    Gary D. Scott 01-15-16
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    "Great educational and entertaining book"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Imagine documenting a multi-month road trip across the USA by car, bus, train and foot. The people you meet, places you have seen, local customs, geography, foods, current conditions and future prognostications. Rob Gifford manages to give me his personal trip across China described in that way.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pleasurable and well paced voice that manages to easily flow those impossible Chinese language pronunciations.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me feel like I was sitting with a grandparent reviewing pages of their family photo album. Each picture is a place with people, told in the first person and in a most entertaining way. A great well rounded expose of a foreign culture, its people and the land they live in.

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    Brian Tampa, FL 07-21-15
    Brian Tampa, FL 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and educational!"
    What did you love best about China Road?

    Exposure to a side of China I had no idea existed


    What did you like best about this story?

    Light humor, good performance and delivery. Topic and how it was written.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought it was the author reading his own book!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book! I may do it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paige Woodruff CT 08-08-14
    Paige Woodruff CT 08-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "fabulous writing"

    This is an amazing journey down the old China Road with the well known journalist who does an outstanding job bringing Chinese culture to life. The book is written with great
    attention to detail so the listener can easily visualize the scenery and people. I was fascinated as the author befriended people along the road who helped him "get further" in the journey. I must confess I am a bit fascinated by the lifestyle of the international journalist so this may influence my review. I think if you are interested to learn more about the real China this book is for you.

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    Maya A. 08-05-14
    Maya A. 08-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Informative and reflective"

    While not riveting, this was still an interesting listen. The narrator projected the reflective nature of the book. It definitely provided some interesting context about China, it's many regions and people. This was an original approach for shedding light about China's past, present and potential future.

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    Zack Chicago 01-25-14
    Zack Chicago 01-25-14
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    "An Enlightening Journey Across Present-Day China"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rob Gifford offers a refreshing, up-close perspective on the people, culture, government, and prospective future of present-day China. The narrative is free from the fear-mongering and doomsday predictions that dominate most Western coverage of China, but is also acutely realistic about the challenges and issues China faces. Plus, it's a great off-the-beaten-path travel story that may inspire you to visit the Middle Kingdom for yourself.


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    wondersforoyarsa.blogspot.com North Carolina, USA 06-24-13
    wondersforoyarsa.blogspot.com North Carolina, USA 06-24-13
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    "Great narration, rich info, fantastic writing"
    Would you listen to China Road again? Why?

    Yes - I've read the book and have now listened to it. I'd do it again, because (as someone who lives in China) this is the best book on modern China that I've ever read. It is my first recommendation to anyone wanting to understand China today.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon Vance actually pronounces Chinese correctly. It is really horrible that so many great books on China have audiobooks with the most basic pronunciation errors, making it a constant cringe-inducing experience to anyone who knows even the most basic Chinese. The readers of Wild Swans, Factory Girls, and Peter Hessler's books all make these mistakes. It's as if someone read Les Miserables, and pronounced it "LESS MISERABLE-S" and the main villain "JAY-VERT". I'm not asking for the subtle consonants, or tones, or native pronunciation, but just the absence of the most basic errors - things a reader could learn with a ten minute "basic Chinese pronucniation" intro. Heck, just learning the following rules would solve 95% of the problems:

    - Pronounce the "x" as an "sh", not a "z".
    - Pronounce the "q" as a "ch", not a "k".
    - Pronounce the "zh" as a "j", not a "z".

    We wouldn't put up with this sort of thing for a minute from narrators of books in European settings. We wouldn't tolerate a reader who read the spanish-double "L" as a standard L and not a "Y". So why are these incompetent readers not screened out?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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