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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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    Jakub Furmaga 06-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a "how to book""
    Would you listen to Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother again? Why?

    Great book, very well written, and very honest


    What did you like best about this story?

    Amy Chua is very honest in this book knowing fully well that the description of her child-raising methods do not reflect well on her. However she does make many interesting and correct observation about western way of raising kids. I have kids and will definitely not treat this as a "how to book" but rather an investing read. I recommended this book to everyone I know.


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    Josh 06-21-15
    Josh 06-21-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Good story but basically self-promotion"
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    I enjoy "Battle Hymn" mostly because of the contrast to the un-involved parents of my youth. Listen to enjoy, not for parenting tips. It is the time and resources expended on children that makes them great, not Amy's hard-line attitude. Her endless stereotyping and equally endless attempts at bragging (her dog has descended from wolves [sorry Amy, they ALL have]) might put off sensitive people.

    If you think of Amy as a that special friend who loves themselves a little too much and relax you might enjoy this as much as I did.

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    MKN 05-01-15
    MKN 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very surprising and so hilarious"

    I found many things similar to my family's customs and ways. The personalities of children just is so unique and the book did a great job showing how different all children are. Some of the events made me burst into laughter! Great book!!

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    shatanya carmouhce 04-04-15
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    "This book is amazing"

    Amy's parenting style is different from what I'm know but it's affective. Reading this book gave me many ideas on parenting. It force me to look at my life and my history. Had my parent drilled me like she drill her daughter I would not struggle so much n college. Over all great book.

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    zimgal100 04-03-15
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    "Must read for every parent!"

    We all want the best for our kids. Work ethic is something we can all teach our children. This book opened my eyes to aspects of my parenting that I can improve on. I want my children to succeed in this global world. Success is working hard at something you truly love. Thank you Amy! Your girls can never accuse you of not spending time with.

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    Maya A. 08-05-14
    Maya A. 08-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An instant favorite!"

    Having read this well after all the controversy and hype about the book had passed, I was surprised at how much I instantly loved this book. Couldn't stop listening to it or thinking about it. Even if you disagree with some or many things she says or does, it is a great, personal and important story that many of us can reflect on and draw our own thoughts and feelings about parenting and multi-cultural understanding. Narration was also great.

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    Pauline 01-07-14
    Pauline 01-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "you may identify with the book...."
    Where does Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This sits in the middle of my list but I really identify with the "eastern" way of raising a child since that is how I was raised.


    Any additional comments?

    If you had a traditional "eastern" parent then you will really identify with this book. If you have had close friends as a child who where Asian then you will see a lot of familiar things with their parents.

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    HRD Kansas City 01-06-14
    HRD Kansas City 01-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author is a terrible narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book offered some valuable perspectives on a "non-Western" method of parenting. All parents could gain something from this perspective.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Chua’s performances?

    No.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Amy Chua’s life?

    More about her spouse.


    Any additional comments?

    Parts of Chua's story and narration are bordering on offensive to Jewish traditions. Because she is a perfectionist, Chua's failure to learn how to pronounce easy words, like "haftarah," is a sign on how little she respects the Jewish tradition. Her delivery is so wooden, there are times when I couldn't even determine if she was being humorous. She unknowingly betrays a fault in the "Chinese" method of child-rearing in her inability to adjust for nuance in language. The worst part of this book is Chua's complete disregard for people outside an upper-middle class community. Her idea of struggling is when the whole family had to sleep in one hotel bed on their overseas trips. She admittedly doesn't enjoy introspection, but she also seems to avoid analyzing the community around her.

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    Breeze Florida, USA 09-13-13
    Breeze Florida, USA 09-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story But She Needs Help"
    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
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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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