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Wild Swans Audiobook

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

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Publisher's Summary

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller that has sold more than 13 million copies, a critically acclaimed history of China, a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty, and an uplifting story of bravery and survival. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's 20th century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this masterpiece is extraordinary in every way.

©2011 Jung Chang (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"An inspiring tale of women who survived every kind of hardship, deprivation and political upheaval with their humanity intact." (Hillary Clinton, in O, The Oprah Magazine)

"Wild Swans is riveting. It's blindingly good: a mad adventure story, a fairy tale of courage, and a tale of atrocities. You can't, as they say, put it down. (The New Yorker)

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    Anne Kotch 01-29-12
    Anne Kotch 01-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "important story"
    What made the experience of listening to Wild Swans the most enjoyable?

    Wild Swans recounts the lives of the author, her mother and grandmother as they live through the transitions of China from an isolated imperial kingdom to the new millenium. It's an important story, dramatically presented in domestic detail which makes daily life an illustration of political realities.


    What other book might you compare Wild Swans to and why?

    I can't think of a comparison. The combination of historical fact and personal experience presented in a straightforward, no - nonsense way is unusual.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance reflects the authorial voice. That said, sometimes the authorial voice was a bit naive and callow, which I found annoying.


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

    Not likely. It's about 23 hours long and laden with detail. It was interesting, but one needed breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave a stunningly detailed picture of life in China, particularly during the Cultural Revolution, but for a casual listener, the details were sometimes numbing. This is best suited to a listener with real curiosity about the subject. I'm glad I listened to it, but it is not for anyone wanting a fast paced experience that would sweep one away.

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    Lillie17176 09-02-17
    Lillie17176 09-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring!"

    This is a Monotone reading of a very boring story. I cannot recommend this book

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    Amazon Customer 08-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I've learned so much"

    Before reading this book, I never understood why people stay in terrible situations. Why they continue to be oppressed and struggle daily. Why don't they simply walk out and begin a new life somewhere else. This book opened my eyes to those struggles and that mentality. Wild Swans showed me how easily people can turn on each other. It filled me with a whole range of emotion from anger to sadness to joy. One thing is clear, I understand so much more now. Thank you for this intriguing truth.

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    philip bronx, NY, United States 08-18-17
    philip bronx, NY, United States 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Unforgettable book"

    I'm not I can add to what has already been said. This book is so many things. A journey through the amazing 20th century in China. The sweep of this story reminds me of the film The Last Emperor, but told through an ordinary family, although the characters are far from ordinary. It is also a beautiful story of novel people struggling to maintIm their integrity and dignity through unbelievable circumstances. Jung Chang has written a beautiful love poem to her parents. She has every right to feel proud of who they were.

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    Laurence 07-02-17
    Laurence 07-02-17

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    "Tremendously Valuable Insights into Communism"

    The author does an excellent job of describing the political developments within China from a personal but very objective perspective. It is not a political diatribe, but conveys the incalculable dangers of authorial government. We in the west, who have had so much experience of freedom that we have become satiated with it, should hear the warnings of those who have experienced Communism before we unwittingly foist it upon our children and grandchildren.

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    Jimmy Howell Oklahoma City 05-27-17
    Jimmy Howell Oklahoma City 05-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "very moving and informative"

    Incredibly moving memoir. I am a better person and more knowledgeable about 20th century China because of reading (listening to) it. Very pleasant to listen to this reader. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in 20th century Chinese history.

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    Diane M. Frembling 05-25-17

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    "Fascinating Read"

    I found this story to be educational and emotionally moving. I felt compelled to listen at every opportunity. I wanted to know more and tried to imagine the world these people lived in. It opened my eyes to what real suffering and bravery were. I sympathized and admired the Chinese families depicted. A great read!

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    Sheryl Kinsel 05-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Captured, honest true told story."

    China always gets a bad wrap. They were very elegant and beautiful people. My wish is they will continue to grow and develop.

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    Amazon Customer 04-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Living through 20th century Cuba"

    Well written Very captivating yet also details 20th century China Excellent choice for anyone going to travel in China and/or interested in how the Chinese coped with unimaginable horrors Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this extraordinary tale

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    Steffani 04-12-17
    Steffani 04-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful"

    It is quite long but amazing, I had to read for a school assignment and this made it easier to do other things while listening.

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