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Never Grow Up

Narrated by: Daxing Zhang, Jennifer Lim
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A candid, thrilling memoir from one of the most recognizable, influential, and beloved cinematic personalities in the world. 

Everyone knows Jackie Chan. Whether it’s from Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, The Karate Kid, or Kung Fu Panda, Jackie is admired by generations of moviegoers for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, and mind-bending stunts. In 2016 - after 56 years in the industry, over 200 films, and many broken bones - he received an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement in film. But at 64 years old, Jackie is just getting started. 

Now, in Never Grow Up, the global superstar reflects on his early life, including his childhood years at the China Drama Academy (in which he was enrolled at the age of six), his big breaks (and setbacks) in Hong Kong and Hollywood, his numerous brushes with death (both on and off film sets), and his life as a husband and father (which has been, admittedly and regrettably, imperfect). 

Jackie has never shied away from his mistakes. Since The Young Master in 1980, Jackie’s films have ended with a bloopers reel in which he stumbles over his lines, misses his mark, or crashes to the ground in a stunt gone south. In Never Grow Up, Jackie applies the same spirit of openness to his life, proving time and time again why he’s beloved the world over: He’s honest, funny, kind, brave beyond reckoning and - after all this time - still young at heart.

©2018 Jackie Chan (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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A solid bio but the male narration is poor

A solid bio about Jackie Chan's long and fascinating career. In his films, he always came off as a kind gentle soul but turns out he was a grade A asshole. Many celebrity bios focus on the highs and skip over the lows but I was glad Jackie shared with us his personal shortcomings
Daxing Zhang narrates with a heavy accent which detracted from the story. I would have preferred to have Jackie Chan narrate his own story. Since he choose not to, why not use another Asian voice narrator who spoke clearly and concisely? The female narrator was excellent and they should had her narrate the entire book or chosen another male narrator.

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A full picture of Jackie

Never grow up is a more off-the-cuff telling of Jackie Chan's life, compared with his early autobiography which was sleekly mined and organized by a ghost writer. This book reads like Jackie just talking about stuff which can be really refreshing, and also a bit heartbreaking.

Jackie leaves little off the table here. While the media focuses exclusively on the ugly (and boy, is there a lot of ugly) there is also a tremendous amount of beauty to be found in the human being of Jackie Chan. If his mission in writing this was to transmit an impression of himself as an honest and flawed, ordinary human being who has had the benefit of an extraordinary life, this book wildly succeeds at that.

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...And the Oscar goes to... Vulnerability!

I’ve listened to many memoirs. This one takes the cake!

Initially I thought this memoir was a bunch of boloney. But Jackie Chan came thru.

To be honest, I’ve only watched two of his movies; ‘Shanghai Nights’ and noon. I had absolutely no idea what his back story was.

Don’t think twice about getting this book. It’s amazing!

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A great overview of his life and his interactions with fans thus far.

What I really enjoyed about this book was how little filler the book had. As a long-time fan it was very entertaining to hear the story of his life so far, how his fans interacted with him and how he interacted with them. The writers did a great job of balancing and his personal life stories, work stories, fan interactions and life lessons. A must read for all Jackie Chan fans.

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excellent

there is so much in this book that I never realized about Jackie. very good read.

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a very humble autobiography

I loved it. i found relatable life lessons and it's refreshing to see an autobiography where the individual displays and admits their flaws as much as their strengths. Jackie does well in showing his humanity and though not him, the narrator does well in relaying his sentiment in a simple but believable fashion.

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An intimate look into a legend

I thought I knew a lot about Jackie as I have been a huge fan of his since the 90's. This book was amazing! I learned so much more about the journey he took... the many mistakes he made and the lessons it took a lifetime to learn. I laughed and cried while listening to this book and feel like I now know him. This truly is an intimate look into his life like we have never had before. A must read/listen to for any fan.

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An Inspired Life

Jackie Chan reveals his story, his world, and so much kindness. His reflection on life thus far was wonderful.

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Love the movies; you'll love the book...

Once you start you'll have to finish. I listened to the audio and finished in one day.

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10/10

I am grateful to been able to get to know him through this. Definitely changed my perspective of him as a star to just another ambitious hard working person that has a lot of love to give. I’ve learned a lot and am grateful for the lessons, and perspectives he shares. Thank you to everyone that helped in the making. I don’t read at all but I finished this in 4 days lol so that says ALOT. Thanks audible.