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China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power | [Rob Gifford]

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

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.
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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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    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 05-25-10
    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 05-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good but dragged a bit at the end"

    I'm not sure if it was expressive use of language to communicate the essence of what it was to be on the road and in the desert, but Gifford's writing seems to drag at the end.
    I enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book, but as he writes of the boredom of the desert crossing, his prose becomes as dull. Actually, it felt kinda meta: feeling bored by a description of boredom.
    This happened again less than an hour from the end of the book (I checked the time figuring the book must be ending soon--not a good sign when you check the time remaining) as he explained that the end of his journey felt anti-climactic. I sighed, the end of the book itself seemed anti-climactic.
    That being said, he did redeem himself a bit to wrap up the book, but I might have been happier to end my listening at the 3/4 mark.
    Good first half, though, yep. Interesting characters, description, explanation and insight into areas of Chinese politics and culture I didn't know much about. not a thorough history but a series of observations and personal anecdotes from individuals in China--as seen through Gifford's journalist eyes.

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    CT Chase 12-28-09
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    "Captures China as it is today"

    Loved the insight and view of China away from the glamour of the major cities.

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    Greg United States 12-22-09
    Greg United States 12-22-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A wonderful sense of a nation."

    This book is an in-depth vacation without the expense! Rob Gifford did a great job of presenting the many sides and often contradictory nation that is China. He provides enough explanation of the culture and history of the country, along with his own personal insights to his interviews from the road to make them really engaging, informative, and poignant.

    I think he also does a really good job of expressing his emotions with the nation, without forcing them on the reader. This book is very personal and about his own experiences with the nation.

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    Ian Oxford Mills, ON, Canada 09-07-09
    Ian Oxford Mills, ON, Canada 09-07-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Fascinating, relevant, and well-balanced"

    Route 312 goes from Shanghai on the coast to the Kazakhstan border, and the author's trip down this road by bus, taxi, and foot provides a fascinating slice throught 21st century China. Gifford's views balance the tremendous optimism and change in China today to its fragility, lack of political checks and balances, and social inequity. Required reading for anyone who thinks China's ascendancy is guaranteed.

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    Kurt Wheaton, IL, USA 11-24-08
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    "A Great book to listen to as I watched China go by"

    I just returned from a 3 week trip to China. My son and I went far into remote China with little knowledge of the language and spent a good deal of time looking out the window of our bus. Some days that was 5 hours some days 9 hours. I never tired of the bus ride as i listened and re-listened to this wonderful book. As I listened I watched the magnificent south western part of China unfold before my eyes.

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    Maida Sandy, UT, United States 06-20-08
    Maida Sandy, UT, United States 06-20-08 Member Since 2008

    I am a life long student. I love to study and learn and I enjoy factual books but also well research novels. At age 75 I have read lots.

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    "China Road"

    This is a wonderful book on China in modern times and what is happening there. I just finished this book when the Earthquake hit right thru the provinces that I had been reading about. I am now listening to it and love that also.

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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 02-09-08
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 02-09-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent – exceeded my expectations"

    An excellent book made even better with an excellent narration. This book was everything I wanted and more. I have a high degree of interest in China and this book has been extremely helpful and enjoyable. The author and narrator combine to make this book a very pleasant experience.

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    Thomas Washington, DC, United States 04-24-09
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    "One sided protrait of a young new nation..."

    Yes, China is a totalitarian state with many flaws, but I spend a month there and saw a different side of China. Optimism, entrepreneurship, growth and a much better standard of living for all have come from the heavy-handed government who are trying to do right by its citizens.

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    Lyle Longmont, CO, United States 11-22-11
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    "A look at the future."

    How have we given away our American jobs to a people on the other side of the world.

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