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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,041 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Da Chen Narrator: Daxing Zhang Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2000 ISBN:
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Growing up in rural China during Mao's Cultural Revolution, Da Chen was part Horatio Alger, part Holden Caulfeld, befriending both a gang of young thugs, as well as an elegant, older Chinese woman who teaches him English - and opens the door to a new life. Chen's remarkable story of triumph is filled with the universal qualities that distinguish the very best memoirs as it masterfully recounts the concerns of childhood that transcend both time and place. From the excesses of boyhood to the strength of a family and the humor that defies adversity, Colors of the Mountain brings to life a piece of history brimming over with color and passion. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Kindberg | 2/15/2014

    " I want to read his mother's and his sister's story now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/11/2014

    " Da Chen has an elegantly spare prose style which is a pleasure to read. For this autobiography, set during the Cultural Revolution, his style is just right: emotional without being maudlin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/9/2014

    " If you're into memoirs, this gives a good idea about growing up during the time of Mao in China. Some of it's funny, some sad...vacation read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/4/2014

    " I really can't read enough autobiographies from the Mao era. I love having my understanding of the period rounded out by reading so many different experiences of this insane period of history. The book was written by a man born after his parents had already lost all their property and standing as landlords. A life of degradation and humiliation was all he knew, but when opportunity came with Mao's death, he was inspired to fight his way out of his circumstances. The work he put in to reach his goals was inspirational. I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth | 2/2/2014

    " Incredible Journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/30/2014

    " Da Chen's story of his young life during the cultural revolution in China was very engaging. It is about his struggle to get an education. He spoke to our incoming freshman class this August and I enjoyed that as much as the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenny | 1/30/2014

    " Absolutely wonderful, first person account of growing up in China's hinterlands during the end of Mao's Cultural Revolution. I was bummed to come to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 1/16/2014

    " Good book very funny and interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/7/2014

    " What an incredibly well written book. It captivated me. It was incredibly educational to learn what life in China was like during the 60's and 70's. I really loved this book for the insight and perceptions it contains. This is a should read book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 1/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Reading the book makes a reader recall their childhood. allot of history and mentality is described. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Rich | 12/22/2013

    " Tremendous. Hilarious. Wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Corke | 10/21/2013

    " A heart warming memoir of Da Chan's rise through a difficult early education under Chairman Mao to prominence as a College student. Very well written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/20/2013

    " It was a bit hard for me to get into the book, but once I did--about halfway through--I could barely put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farrin | 7/27/2013

    " Touching, warm-hearted and informative. Da Chen's descriptions of his childhood evoked such vivid pictures, and strong emotions from me, this book was a joy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 6/24/2013

    " Excellent voice. I love the way Da Chen describes China at the end of the Cultural Revolution. Highly recommend. This would be a good choice for a "one book" for the college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elysa | 4/15/2013

    " very descriptive true story of the cultural revolution "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 3/25/2013

    " A friend from Thialand loand this book to me. It was a real eye-opener. A good read.I plan on reading more of his works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trainreq | 3/2/2013

    " A good read about China back when it was cuddly and cute. Kind of Angela's Ashes Eastern style. Well worth the time if you have any interest in Chinese history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 1/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this memoir. The writing style is engaging and enjoyable, and I learned a lot about communist China in the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 12/28/2012

    " I heard about this book from a college friend of Kate's. They read it and heard him speak. the author grew up in China-amazing that this took place in out lifetime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryann | 11/21/2012

    " The writing seemed a bit unusual at times, and the novel isn't amazing. But it does give a unique look into the life of someone growing up in China, which I enjoyed. It's not life changing but it's a fairly easy, interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/8/2012

    " I read this for my book club and the only real problem was that we all loved it and had nothing to argue about. Da Chen overcomes incredible obstacles on his way to success. I learned a lot about China during the Cultural Revolution. The writing is very accessible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liane | 8/23/2012

    " This is beautifully written and very engaging. Da Chen's personality shines through and it feels like a long chat with a very interesting friend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 6/25/2012

    " I was fascinated by childhood in China in the 60s. Good story but seemed to drag on a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Peterson | 4/16/2012

    " What beautiful writing. Couldn't put it down. Also, very motivating--set a goal, see how to achieve the goal, then pursue it! I am definitely going to read the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen | 3/9/2012

    " A really interesting memoir about growing up and trying to get education during the cultural revolution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 2/29/2012

    " I couldn't finish this book. The author is very egocentric. Apparently he was good at everything! (I'm being sarcastic!) Actually, I can't even find it right now, but I'll probably pick it up again and finish it just because I hate leaving a book unfinished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/25/2012

    " Wow. I enjoyed this book so much I read it in one sitting. It was honest, funny, and innocent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryann | 6/20/2011

    " The writing seemed a bit unusual at times, and the novel isn't amazing. But it does give a unique look into the life of someone growing up in China, which I enjoyed. It's not life changing but it's a fairly easy, interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/29/2011

    " A nice story and a touching memoir but unlikely to be a book that stays with me for an extended period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elysa | 5/4/2011

    " very descriptive true story of the cultural revolution "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terrie | 2/28/2011

    " A five because of the power of the story and the life - I am captivated by this story and hope there will be more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miri | 8/22/2010

    " this has an interesting perspective, not him while he is nine, but not really an adult view either "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eleionomae | 8/2/2010

    " Boek waar ik persoonlijk weinig mee had. Heb het ooit eens gekregen maar China trekt me totaal niet waardoor ik me niet kon inleven in de personages en het boek. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenny | 7/31/2010

    " Absolutely wonderful, first person account of growing up in China's hinterlands during the end of Mao's Cultural Revolution. I was bummed to come to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farrin | 7/22/2010

    " Touching, warm-hearted and informative. Da Chen's descriptions of his childhood evoked such vivid pictures, and strong emotions from me, this book was a joy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 6/25/2010

    " Love this author...want to read more than the two I have read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 6/8/2010

    " Memoirs of Da who was the son of a displaced landlord after Mao took over in the 80's. He was treated with cruelty and denied education. But he and his brother sacrificed everything to get to the universtiy. An unbelievable story of moving forward without resentment and hatred. "

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