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Bryan W. Haven's profile of the founding father of communist China is dramatized by a group of actors led by John Ringham, who imbues the recitation of Haven's prose with a tony aplomb. Mao's biographical progression is accompanied by smart soundtrack choices that set the scene, such as the pastoral approximation of traditional Chinese music when recounting his early days as a farmer's son, and the grander orchestrations that accompany his rise to power. Steve Hodson gives a thrilling and nuanced performance as Mao that captures the dynamism and charisma that enabled this anti-imperialist revolutionary to unite an entire nation.

Publisher's Summary

Arguably the most extraordinary and powerful leader of the 20th century, Chairman Mao unified 800 million people into one Communist nation, the most successful 'alternative society' ever achieved. For three minutes, on the morning of September 18, 1976, an entire nation stood to attention as a mark of respect for their dead leader. Was he loved and revered by one-third of the world's population for his personal charisma, or for his awesome power and management of massive state indoctrination?

The part of Mao Tse-Tung is played by Steve Hodson, with other parts played by Peter Penry-Jones and Stephen Thorne.

© and (P)1976 Ivan & Inge Berg

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  • Ed
  • Knoxville, TN, United States
  • 11-30-11

The absolute worst

I have bought dozens of Audible products, and they have all been excellent except for this
one. It is appallingly bad. One of the great stories of the 20th century is reduced to comic book caricature, full of banal music and pompous speechifying.

Can you image, no reference to Nixon's visit.

I checked 1 star because 0 was rejected, but this product should be withdrawn. Ed

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The worst listen ever

Would you try another book from Bryan W. Haven and/or John Ringham and Full Cast ?

Never. I learned nothing from this one.

What could Bryan W. Haven have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Everything.

What didn’t you like about John Ringham and Full Cast ’s performance?

Nothing.

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

I'm sorry, but no.

Any additional comments?

If I could, I would have given no stars at all.