• Under Red Skies

  • Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China
  • By: Karoline Kan
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

Prime logo Prime members: New to Audible?
Get 2 free audiobooks during trial.
Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Under Red Skies  By  cover art

Under Red Skies

By: Karoline Kan
Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $19.49

Buy for $19.49

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's summary

A deeply personal and shocking look at how China is coming to terms with its conflicted past as it emerges into a modern, cutting-edge superpower.

Through the stories of three generations of women in her family, Karoline Kan, a former New York Times reporter based in Beijing, reveals how they navigated their way in a country beset by poverty and often-violent political unrest. As the Kans move from quiet villages to crowded towns and through the urban streets of Beijing in search of a better way of life, they are forced to confront the past and break the chains of tradition, especially those forced on women.

Raw and revealing, Karoline Kan offers gripping tales of her grandmother, who struggled to make a way for her family during the Great Famine; of her mother, who defied the one-child policy by giving birth to Karoline; of her cousin, a shoe factory worker scraping by on six yuan (88 cents) per hour; and of herself, as an ambitious millennial striving to find a job - and true love - during a time rife with bewildering social change.

Under Red Skies is an engaging eyewitness account and Karoline's quest to understand the rapidly evolving, shifting sands of China. It is the first English-language memoir from a Chinese millennial to be published in America and a fascinating portrait of an otherwise-hidden world, written from the perspective of those who live there.

©2019 Karoline Kan (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"A heartfelt introduction into China's recent history - and a rare firsthand dispatch from its millennial generation.... For those seeking to understand the future of China and US-China relations, voices like hers are an essential part of the conversation." (The Wall Street Journal)

"Poignant, humane, and insightful, [Under Red Skies] brings the extraordinary story of the last fifty years in China vividly alive. The Kan family's struggles to survive and prosper through many adversities, largely inflicted on them by government, are a moving testament to the resilience and determination of three generations of women." (Isabel Hilton, OBE, founder of China Dialogue and author of The Search for the Panchen Lama)

"A remarkable multigenerational memoir that clearly explores 'the real China - its beauty and ugliness, the weird and familiar, the joyful and sad, progressive and backward at the same time'." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

More from the same

What listeners say about Under Red Skies

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    61
  • 4 Stars
    36
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    60
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    57
  • 4 Stars
    30
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by: