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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Audiobook

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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Publisher's Summary

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards - and the costs - of raising her children the Chinese way.

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way - the Chinese way - and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin. Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene: "According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing: 1. Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse. 2. I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality. 3. If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!"

But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices - the exacting attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons - the depth of her love for her children becomes clear.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting - and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.

©2010 Amy Chua (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    Cate 06-18-12
    Cate 06-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Differant perspective on parenting"

    I purchased the book because it was rated highly in entertainment weekly magazine. The story did bring to light some differant views on parenting but it feels like a work in progerss and not a true guide. The children raised by this method both seemed to benefit but initially reacted in oppisite ways. It is great for people who want a new perspective but not as an answer to what is the better way.

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    Amy Anderson 06-08-12
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    "Loved this book"
    Where does Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high


    What did you learn from Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother that you would use in your daily life?

    how to parent and how not to parent. I didn't like her parenting style for the most part but some things were quite useful. it helped me think of parenting in a new light.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M3 Monterey, CA 07-08-12
    M3 Monterey, CA 07-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it and hate it at the same time"

    I hated this book when I started it - Chua is presumptuous, self absorbed, and brutal with her children. She looks down on Western culture, brags unflinchingly about herself, and is opinionated beyond belief.

    But then there are the results of her actions.

    She herself is an accomplished academic. Her daughters, who are key to the story, are superior musicians. She's a published author, for cryin' out loud. But at what price? Driving her children to practice repetitively with blatant, negative criticism probably doesn't do much for their egos. But the results are uncontested, and the validity of Chua's key Methodology is clear:

    1. Make your children practice to be excellent.
    2. By being excellent they will gain recognition.

    This is wrapped up in the assumption that a child does NOT know what is best for his/her own development...a parent must choose that path for the child.

    The first step is always the hardest. As the father of 3 children, I completely agree that most parents (not just Western ones) lose the battle here. However, I'm not sure Chua's method of derisive criticism and aggressive bullying is the best way to win the battle...and she herself admits that it didn't work with her second daughter.

    It IS important to make children realize that although they may be hard-headed, WE as parents are more hard-headed than they are...and we have a LOT more experience in what works. The way to do that...is up to you.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Roseville, CA, United States 05-21-11
    Amber Roseville, CA, United States 05-21-11
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    "Unlikeable Narrator"

    While I understand that the narrator is trying to show Chinese parenting techniques and make them understandable to a western audience, I found her extremely unlikeable. It was as if she was laying out all the cruelties she inflicted on her daughter, yet wanted us to still "like" her and understand why. Perhaps my own "western" ideology played a part here--I found her behavior reprehensible and exceedingly selfish. The narrator came across as an elitist, living in a la-la-land of people who go skiing in Aspen and expect all their children to go to Harvard or Yale. Not my cup of tea.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 08-12-16
    Richard 08-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Taylor Perry's, 'Diary of an Angry Asian Mom'"
    What disappointed you about Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

    The best thing I could say about this book, is that she is honest with herself. I was expecting to gain insight into Chinese parenting, the only thing offered by this book is the delusional misperceptions of a second generation American Chinese women who can't relate to China other than as a tourist. She is a true narcissist who is in love with the perception of herself. Amy is an example of someone of a higher social class with an Ivy League education who is small minded and racist despite her parents immigrant background and cultural and educational exposures. She quotes hypothetical studies to prove points that support her delusions. The book lacks resolution. She is a talented story teller, in that I truly feel for her daughters. All harsh criticism aside I really think she missed the point. Her 'Asian' perspective on parenting yields some true benefits over what she considers the 'western' style. I think as she concludes the book she nailed it that a blend of the two methods being the best approach. But with her presenting this idea at the end of a story of physiological abuse, I can only blame her as the author for having missed the opportunity to propose a hybrid parenting style based off of her successes and failures rather than subscribing us to a firsthand look into her insecurities beings projected on to her daughters, who sound like the kind of children any parent would be grateful to have. Amy is an excellent narrator, and a good story teller. The content was flawed, and her best points eluded her as she felt more inclined to confess her crimes as an insecure and oppressive mother.


    What could Amy Chua have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A recommendation I would suggest is for her to have presented a blended parenting model, based off of her experiences, and avoid quoting nonexistent studies with presumed results. It wrecks her credibility as she makes offensive clams based off of studies she made up.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She is a skilled orator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Wegis 10-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Battle Hymn of Get Some Prozac..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Meh. Jury's still out.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Mommy Dearest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where the Mom hurled abuse at her recalcitrant daughter...oh, wait, that was the ENTIRE book.


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

    Heck no! I already lived this once, I don't need to revisit my childhood on film.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow. The Mom needed to seriously chill and get her own hobby. There's disciplining your child and pushing them to do their best, but this Mother needed to get a grip. She could have approached motherhood with a little more balance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Val 05-07-14
    Val 05-07-14
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    "Don't bother"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wants to emulate the stereotypical Asian mother.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I wasn't find of the performance, but I think it was the content that just turned me off.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Horribly pretentious book. Don't bother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    June 01-13-13
    June 01-13-13
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    "OMG Amy"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Sure glad she wasn't my mother! It helped me understand the chinese mother but at time I felt suffocated by her.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Tension


    Any additional comments?

    Amy is this really you?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur G Scott ALISO VIEJO, CA, US 09-04-12
    Arthur G Scott ALISO VIEJO, CA, US 09-04-12
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    "Balance is the Key to Great Parenting"
    If you could sum up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in three words, what would they be?

    Abuse Narcassism Education


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciate that the parents did care about giving a Music Education to their two young girls. I am a seasoned, 40 years as a private piano teacher so I have dealt with and continue to deal with all types of parents; great to horrible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Chua, the author was dealing with her defiant 5 year old and made her go outside to a freezing porch in the middle of the winter in Boston. This experience solidified was a mean, narcassistic mother Mrs. Chua was. If I had been the teacher, I would have social services and had both girls removed from the home.

    When parents abuse their kids in order to vacariously force them to have what they did not have as children, sometimes parents loose their ability to make clear judgement calls; their egos as parents are totally out of line - regardless of culture.

    Children need to laugh, play and be children. Some light exposure to the arts is fine but there needs to be a balance when parents can coddle the talent along in an effective manner without being abusive and condescending.

    Otherwise, as is with the case of so many children, they will end up either committing suicide as they get older and or being in long term therapy with counselors trying to deal with their outrage and anger.


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

    I was outraged at how controlling and manipulative this Mrs. Chua was towards her children and then has the audacity to use her limited life experience to blame her abuse on her culture and then in turn, tries to exploit her experience into a marketing campaign to sell books, blaming her abuse on her cultural upbringing, that being Chinese.


    Any additional comments?

    I went on line and pulled up this book an Amazon.com

    Here is what I found;

    Original Used discounted new used copy
    Retail
    $25.95 $16.97 $7.76 $5.00


    I guess Mrs. Chua intention to make a fortune of her kids misfortuned bombed royally even with TV and Radio interviews.

    Karma as an awful bite at times....


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cari Oakland, CA, United States 05-24-12
    Cari Oakland, CA, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Glad I'm not a Chinese mother"
    If you could sum up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, interesting, and intimidating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mother


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

    I enjoyed having the author read the book, it brought a lot of authenticity to the story. It also made me believe the unbelievable parts.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

    I'm going to proudly be a Western mother of Asian descent, but I might sign my kid up for a music class.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this perspective of parenting. It gave me a little bit to aspire to and a lot to let go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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