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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (622 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jackie Chan Narrator: Daxing Zhang Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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In you are fan of action-adventure movies with the accent on action-then you no doubt love watching Jackie Chan risk his life to create sensational cinema. As one of the biggest stars to burst into U.S. theaters, Jackie has put America's hottest heroes to shame, wowing audiences with the breathless, death-defying stunts that are the highlight of such movies as Rumble in the Bronx, Supercop, Operation: Condor, and his newest blockbuster Rush Hour. But who really is the boyishly handsome, lightening-fast Charlie Chaplin of martial arts movie making?

I Am Jackie Chan is the fascinating, harrowing, ultimately triumphant story of his life: How the rebellious son of refugees in tumultuous 1950s Hong Kong became the disciplined disciple of a Chinese Opera Master. How the paradise that young Jackie so eagerly embraced proved to be, in reality, a ruthlessly competitive place. How the dying art of Chinese opera led Jackie to the movie business-and how he made the leap from stunt man to superstar. Finally, after years of plunging off skyscrapers and living to tell the tale, Jackie Chan proves with this poignant, witty, and often astonishing memoir that it's always been a tale worth telling. 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 Loralee | 2/20/2014

    " Can't believe how much I enjoyed this, when I have only ever seen one Jackie Chan movie in my life. Maybe two. With a talented coauthor, Chan tells the story of his childhood in a school for Chinese opera (beatings and 19-hour-days were common), breaking into the movie business as a stuntman, going broke, getting called back into the movies to act for a director who tried to turn him into Bruce Lee, finally getting the freedom to make his own movies, which became blockbusters, and trying to show ignorant America that he was already a huge star worldwide, even if Americans hadn't heard of him. The stunts: crazy! (like jumping off a 100 foot building to honor his childhood teacher, or failing to jump off a 50 foot clock tower 6 days in a row, so that on the 7th day he told his helper to help him hang from the hands of a clock and then leave, so there was nowhere to go but down.) The message: you achieve success through hard work and originality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/9/2014

    " Chan's blatant arrogance and matchismo had me disappointed. He can fight, but Chan is far from being a martial artist-type kindred spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 2/6/2014

    " Very real and much like what we saw in China during our trip. Jackie seems very honest, and is good at reveiwing his own movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Jacobsen | 1/25/2014

    " I remember reading this when I was in grade school. I loved reading about Jackie's life story and how he was an orphan. Him being an orphan made his story even more spectacular than it arlready is. Teachers can use this book when talking about biographies and this is a good book to use because Jacie is a person many young people know abou and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett Bydairk | 1/20/2014

    " A very readable autobiography of a (sort of) humble action hero. Roughly the first third of the book covers his childhood training at the China Drama Academy,where he learned all the arts necessary for a life in Chinese Opera: tumbling, acting, singing, dancing, and kung fu. Finishing school as Chinese Opera was dying, the next third is about his struggles to start and maintain a movie career. The last third concerns his Asian stardom, and his (unwilling and unsuccessful, at first) attempts to break into the American market, ending with his hopes for the recently-completed Rush Hour. Appended are lists of his movies, greatest fights, biggest stunts, and worst injuries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 1/14/2014

    " One of the best books I've ever read. Seriously. It's just brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 1/4/2014

    " Entertaining read, shows the hard childhood behind Jackie's happy-fun-allthetime-even-while-fighting persona. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberment | 12/23/2013

    " This is a really interesting book. I never realised Jackies life, growing up in Hong Kong was this bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/9/2013

    " Obviously ghostwritten, but he had an interesting life. I actually found the school years more interesting than the Hollywood years. So strict!! Cute read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Ah | 12/7/2013

    " Lots of interesting facts and storyline.I Recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sayer | 12/4/2013

    " I read this for a book report on an autobiography back in 1999. It was a good read, I remember liking the part where he was in gymnastics school in Hong Kong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Wallaert | 11/26/2013

    " What a different childhood in a Chinese Opera. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 5/28/2013

    " Loved it. It was interesting to learn a little Chinese history in the process of learning about a great man "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/19/2013

    " Was quite interesting especially about him being an extra in Bruce Lee's Enter The Dragon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip | 9/2/2012

    " Surprisingly interesting - as another reviewer noted, it is "vastly superior to the typical celebrity biography". "

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

    " WOW WOW WOW! He went through so much in his life. We have no idea what it is like growing up in another country! He is an amazing person! I had to see all of his movies that I could get my hands on after I read this. He has my total respect! Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirby | 8/7/2012

    " Granted, I was a completely obsessed teenager when I read and re-read this book, so I'm not sure how much I'd like it if I read it now. But I remember being moved at the time by Jackie's "rags to riches" sort of tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor Carpenter | 6/5/2012

    " Pretty amazing life story. Makes you re-think what you have heard about the movies (including Bruce Li, Jet Li, etc), recent (last hundred years) Chinese history, and well at least my own life :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 2/26/2012

    " A memoir as funny as Jackie Chan himself. It is a very candid look at was a hard, unorthodox childhood and a rocky start to what has become a great career. Jackie wasn't afraid to tell us his mistakes and the lucky events that got him to where he is now. Entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Unclebill | 12/27/2011

    " His youth was amazing and his life is amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Biff | 11/14/2011

    " Jackie Chan taught me that if I take enough beatings, I'll eventually fail, and then eventually I'll give beatings of my own and succeed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiorella | 5/28/2011

    " His life was so interesting. I look up to him even more now. Could not put this down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malysa | 5/22/2011

    " Obviously ghostwritten, but he had an interesting life. I actually found the school years more interesting than the Hollywood years. So strict!! Cute read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 11/2/2010

    " One of the best books I've ever read. Seriously. It's just brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 7/12/2010

    " 8/10. I liked this autobiography. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys his films. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 5/5/2010

    " Love Jackie Chan. Love his book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 8/26/2009

    " Chan's blatant arrogance and matchismo had me disappointed. He can fight, but Chan is far from being a martial artist-type kindred spirit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann-Marie | 8/24/2009

    " Of course I would love this. After all, he was much of my inspiration when I was pursuing stunt work. I wanted to know what his path was. His childhood and life experiences will evoke much emotion and inspire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 8/17/2009

    " a fun and interesting read for anyone interested in Jackie Chan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiorella | 8/5/2009

    " His life was so interesting. I look up to him even more now. Could not put this down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Unclebill | 5/18/2009

    " His youth was amazing and his life is amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy | 2/27/2009

    " very intriguing life tht he had, and lots of his behind the scene experiences. almost sounds like a fiction "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/2/2009

    " A memoir as funny as Jackie Chan himself. It is a very candid look at was a hard, unorthodox childhood and a rocky start to what has become a great career. Jackie wasn't afraid to tell us his mistakes and the lucky events that got him to where he is now. Entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip | 10/15/2008

    " Surprisingly interesting - as another reviewer noted, it is "vastly superior to the typical celebrity biography". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinesh | 9/22/2008

    " This book is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 amy | 8/11/2008

    " The most interesting parts of this book were the chapters on his childhood and the training he endured.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 8/10/2008

    " Loved it. It was interesting to learn a little Chinese history in the process of learning about a great man "

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