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Mao's Last Dancer Audiobook

Mao's Last Dancer

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Publisher's Summary

This is the true story of how one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars, and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West. Here is Li Cunxin's own story, a beautiful, rich account of an inspirational life, told with honesty, dignity, and pride.

©2003 Li Cunxin; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pyt Ltd by arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia)

What the Critics Say

"[A] heartening rags-to-riches story." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Paul English] exercises such an intense and masterful concentration on the text that the listener's interest never flags....He imbues the narrative with ingenuousness and enthusiasm, which endearingly befit the image Li is attempting to present of himself. The result is an audiobook that is superior to its source." (AudioFile)

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    The story is astonishing! How pure hard work and a bit of luck bring someone from poverty to success. This is a very inspiring story.
    The narrator makes a huge contribution to make this story funnier.

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    "Inspiring story"

    I loved how the storytelling from his father and his teachers were a part of shaping his core values and inner strength.

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    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-30-12
    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-30-12
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    "Interesting but a bit slow at times"
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    I was interests in the story but it did move slowly at times. The author seemed to spend a long time describing elements which weren't really all that crucial to the story

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    salty cat 05-04-17
    salty cat 05-04-17 Member Since 2017

    Stuck here, trying to make the most of it. :)

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    "Dance your heart out"
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    Easily one of my favorite reads of 2016. A beautifully written/told story of a full life that was led with passion, determination, and vigor. This book not only opened my eyes to the way life was/is for many others less fortunate to be born where everyday life isn't so brutal. Listening to this book made me grateful for my freedom to do and think as I wish, not to mention never know what it feels like to be truly starving.

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    NanoBrain 05-01-17
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    "Excellent narration!"

    The story is indeed a bit slow at times, but I imagined listening to it during my 15 hour road trip as if watching a TV series. It is long and very personal from time to time, but not boring at all. I almost cried a couple of times, partially because of the excellent narration-I wish I could give 6 stars for Paul English, whose Chinese pronunciation was one of the worst I have heard in years, but I could tell that he poured himself in the different characters of the story, and in the most subtle places, with a "hmm", an "ah", he made the characters alive. I have listened to over 70 audible books but was never so impressed and touched by a dedicated narrator like I am by Mr English.

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    Maryb 02-12-17
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    "Please read this book!!"
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    Even if you aren't a balletone, you should read this book. I loved every minute of this book. Just don't watch the movie!

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    Eddie 02-10-17
    Eddie 02-10-17

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    "Excellent story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm not sure what was better, the reading style or the writing style. Both came together to make a truly 5 star book. I was surprised at how interesting this story was. I like biographies, and figured I'd go through this book during my down time, but the book hooked me from the beginning. The story was compelling and interesting. The author was honest about his mistakes and weaknesses. Even for someone who knows nothing about ballet or dance, this story is well worth the read.


    What about Paul English’s performance did you like?

    Paul's reading style made the story come alive. His clear presentation and style of reading made it seem like the author was telling the story before friends.


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    Carolyn Heusmann 01-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Liked more than I thought I would"

    This book is a rather nice way to see into and gain perspective on the changes in China's political history since the era of Mao and how it affected one man and one family. Well read

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    G. Johnson Oregon 01-03-17
    G. Johnson Oregon 01-03-17 Member Since 2017

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    "I should be an Audible Poster Child"
    Would you listen to Mao's Last Dancer again? Why?

    ABSOLUTELY. I plan on it. I rarely listen to a book twice but this one is a re-listen for sure! I am going to take notes this time.


    What other book might you compare Mao's Last Dancer to and why?

    The Boys in the Boat. I love factual historic stories. They are both epic


    What about Paul English’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING! He was wonderful. I fell in love with him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. Only I couldn't take the time. It felt like a dear friend waiting for me when I could get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Audible. I am an American living and teaching at a university in Beijing. This story and presentation went right to my heart. I travel a lot and as a result of that and poor internet I have regular questions. It is wonderful to be able to chat with an Audible person. They are always kind, helpful and responsive. If more businesses had such integrity the world would be a better place. Thank you to all of you. I just gave Mao's Last Dancer as a gift to a dear Chinese friend. I plan to give it again and again to others. I am off on another adventure, loaded with more Audible books to keep me company.

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    Plainfield317 Indianapolis, Indiana 12-28-16
    Plainfield317 Indianapolis, Indiana 12-28-16 Member Since 2015

    50 something female, not a bibliophile by any stretch of the imagination. Don't have time to sit. I love history and biographies.

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    "My life was enriched by reading this book."

    Cunxin's story was very moving and truly put into more accurate perspective my existence. This is such a true and authentic account of a very trying life for an entire family, a family of beautiful souls. Early in the story I must admit that I found the detailed account of every childhood memory a bit tedious. However, I admit that every detail is important to the story. I loved hearing this true story of a very strong individual. The narrator's acting was superb.

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