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Chinese Cinderella

Narrated by: Adeline Yen Mah
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots."

In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries.

She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for: the love and understanding of her family. Read by the author.

©2012 Adeline Yen Mah (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A heroic and inspiring story


“This book is dedicated to all unwanted children. I have always cherished this dream: of creating something unique and imperishable, so that the past should not fade away forever. I know one day I shall die and vanish into the void, but hope to preserve my memories through my writing. Perhaps others, who are also unwanted, may see them a hundred years from now, and be encouraged.” Adeline Yen Mah

Adeline’s story of growing up as the unwanted daughter in a large and multilayered family touched my heart in so many ways. Her story is one of courage, encouragement, resilience and true gritty determination to succeed despite all odds. It reminds us that although we may be unloved and unwanted by our own parents, there will be other significant people in our lives that we can learn from, be encouraged and inspired and valued by, while at the same time acknowledging the deep wound and lifelong pain such a rejection of belonging seers us with. Although in our lives as adults, we find our own people, our own path forwards, our own belonging, we continue to carry within ourselves the deep held fears that such childhood catastrophic rejection entails.
Adeline, in her own beautiful words uses wisdom and understanding to portray her journey. It is a journey of hope. Of inspiration. If optimism. Of survival.
I am truly grateful for the gift of this story, which she dedicated to all unwanted children. Thank you for brightening my mind with another candle of inspiration along my own journey as an adult survivor of being an unwanted child.

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Chinese cinderella

This book is very sad but has an ok ending
I really enjoyed this book
It made me cry 😭
Sarah

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  • Nana
  • 05-24-19

Touching story emotionally read

I read this autobiography for the first time years ago, and returning to it now, it's still as touching and engrossing as it was over a decade ago. While the author reads a little awkwardly on occasion, it lends an authenticity to the story that I truly appreciated. At points you can hear deep emotion in her voice as certain events she writes about clearly still affect to this day.
I love this book as hearing how Adeline overcame the cruel events of her childhood is truly inspirational and awe inspiring. This is definitely an audiobook that I got lost in–I popped it on "for just a few minutes" and an hour and a half later had to shut my phone off to stop (as otherwise I was going to be late).
If the reading performance from the sample bothers you, she does limber up a bit as the book goes on. I personally got used to it very quickly and I found her reading style to make the book authentic. It was also nice to hear how some of the Chinese words (like Ye Ye for grandfather and Nai Nai for grandmother) and names were actually supposed to be pronounced (what I had assumed from reading the text alone had been...totally incorrect).
100% recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

Beautiful and Heart Breaking!

I almost can't believe this is real life. It is at times so horrible. Its a story of resilience from horrific abuse. I really want to read Falling Leaves - I wish there was an audio book version!

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  • Cecilia Flynn
  • 09-09-16

Incredible heart wrenching story

My heart hurts for this little girl and the way she was treated. Probably one of the saddest books I've ever read. But also one of the most inspirational ones.

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  • Issy
  • 06-30-15

Chinese Cinderella

I liked everything about this book from start to finish.
I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading.
I chose the ratings because it connects to me and makes me feel as if I'm in a different world.

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