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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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    Breeze Florida, USA 09-13-13
    Breeze Florida, USA 09-13-13 Member Since 2013

    Love mysteries with a lot of twist and turns. Page turners. Love books that invite me in to stay awhile and make me sad when it ends. It can be the voice that brings the story to life or the story that breaths life into the voice. I am happy either way!!

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    Would you listen to Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother again? Why?

    Not really - Felt too sorry for the family.


    What other book might you compare Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother to and why?

    Bringing Up BeBe. Child rearing from a different and better perspective.


    Have you listened to any of Amy Chua’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tiger Mother Gone Wrong


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    Marisa 08-06-13
    Marisa 08-06-13

    I read more books than Hermione.

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    "The story was well told but often repetitive"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother to be better than the print version?

    I'm not going to give this book a lower rating just because I didn't like the main character. If you've read the summary, you should pretty much know that going in. And I've read well-done books about Hitler which I would rate highly. I honestly thought Amy Chua would help me understand exactly why she chose her method of parenting, but as a child of the "Western parenting style" I was as offended at the end of it as i was at the beginning, as throughout the book she constantly compared Western and Chinese styles.She did a great job with the narration and story telling. In this book the author takes the reader, step-by-step of different methods of Chinese parenting throughout her childrens' lives. A one sentence summary of this book would be "Chinese mother makes one daughter play violin and the other play piano for obscene amounts a day, every single day." I made it through the whole book, and I will say I enjoyed it. In a morbid curiousity type of way. What I really wanted to know was WHY the piano/violin were so important to Amy and WHY getting good grades and respecting authority figures, regardless of whether or not they are right or wrong or how they are treating your children is so important. I want to know why Amy found that it was more important for her children to be number one in school and in their respective instruments, than to like her (their mother), to be happy children, to be well-adjusted, to have friends, or to be socially normal (she doesn't say it, but let's be honest, there's no way these kids were). I understand that it was important for her children to be #1 in something, but I don't understand WHY. As an American, and a product of what she would refer to as Western parenting, I have to say that her obsession with "winning" and "being number one" is more of an American ideal, taken to the nth degree, than a Chinese one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

    When one of her daughters was in a music lesson given my a Russian woman during which the woman "thwacked" her daughter and Amy did nothing about it. And all of the times in which Amy told the reader any of the myriad inappropriate things she would tell her daughter. "Mommy's going to die soon and you still won't have this right." "No bathroom breaks or dinner until you get this piece right." I can't even remember them all now, I will just say that I was shocked that such an intelligent person has no idea how the severity of her words can impact a developing child. She said really haunting things to them.


    Any additional comments?

    Bitch be cray.

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    H. Bard 07-16-13
    H. Bard 07-16-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Good. Glad I listened instead of read"
    Would you try another book from Amy Chua and/or Amy Chua?

    Maybe. Depends on the topic. The story was good but it was a little rote. I guess that goes with the theme of the book though.


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    Xiaole Liu 05-16-13
    Xiaole Liu 05-16-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Doing what we believe is best for our kids"
    Any additional comments?

    We could argue what's best for our kids, but few of us have the discipline to really do what we think is the best as she does. She is not the type who only pushes her kids but doesn't try to excel at her own job. She is a well-respected Yale professor and loved by her students. In addition, whenever her other family members (mother-in-law, sister) needed her, she is really there for them too. I respect Amy Chua for that.

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    rsgubler Lehi, Utah 05-03-13
    rsgubler Lehi, Utah 05-03-13 Listener Since 2005

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    If you could sum up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in three words, what would they be?

    Comic relief parenting


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is HILARIOUS! Are people not seeing it? Honestly, the humor of how her kids rebel and her desire to train a dumb dog to have a purpose are awesome! I know so many Chinese people like this and you will laugh so hard if you can just picture the reality of it all. Plus I like to learn what lessons she used to teach her kids. If you don't laugh during this book you are missing the humor in Chinese life.


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

    Great reader. Nails the punch line every time. "Happy b-day Mommy with love" said Loulou... "I don't want your card, I want a better one. I have a special box where I keep good cards and this one can't go in there!"


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

    Laugh. You will laugh!


    Any additional comments?

    Totally worth your time. I learned one or two things, nothing super insightful. The reason you want this book is to laugh at two little girls fighting with their mom.

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    Alison 03-14-13
    Alison 03-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "AWESOME LISTEN!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

    I was swept up by the story telling and the triumph of learning and discovery.


    Have you listened to any of Amy Chua’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to (or read) Amy Chua.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That mothers know best...but they also need to know each of their children


    Any additional comments?

    I could not wait to jump in my car and continue the story of Amy Chua's family. I saw myself in her and the struggles to raise her children the Chinese way in America. When I first heard about this book, I thought it would be a full admonition of Western Child rearing, but while I'm not as extreme as Amy, I find myself getting "criticism" for pushing my kids too hard and "stressing them out". I don't feed into a mindset of mediocrity either, so I laughed out loud in several places with her story telling, but I also saw her vulnerabilities AND her point of view which I found interesting. I also have decided to take a few points from her Chinese mother ways and use them with my children. Thank you to Amy for sharing!!!

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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    You listen to this woman and your mind boggles. Fascinating. Kept me interested. I'd love a sequel about her poor messed-up kids.

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    MoNicA Mexico 01-08-13
    MoNicA Mexico 01-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A true life story"
    What made the experience of listening to Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother the most enjoyable?

    When listening I could relate to what the author was sharing


    Would you recommend Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, although it loses strength at the end


    Which character – as performed by Amy Chua – was your favorite?

    Amy


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I really liked knowing a bit about chinese culture.


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    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 12-26-12
    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow! Talk about a Control Freak!"

    Definitely a must read for young parents--how NOT to parent! I appreciate Amy's honesty, but her harsh parenting is sometimes difficult to fathom. Amy reads a five or six page list of violin instructions she wrote down for her daughter--that she is to complete during EACH daily practice. I had to ponder how Amy could possibly do all she wrote in her book that she did and still worked full-time in a very demanding career. Her performance in narrating was excellent.

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    S. Pierce Panama City, Fl 11-21-12
    S. Pierce Panama City, Fl 11-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If I could be a Mom, I would soooo be a Tiger Mom"
    Where does Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A few of my books, I have listened to multiple times, BHotTM is one of them, and I still laugh! one of my top ten!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably when she and her husband are arging over how to support the hopes and dreams of their girls, and Cocoa.


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

    I make all my pregnant or young parent friends read this book. then I quiz them on it.


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