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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (224 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lang Lang Narrator: Feodor Chin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born in China to parents whose musical careers were interrupted by the Cultural Revolution, Lang Lang has emerged as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Yet despite his fame, few in the West know of the heart-wrenching journey from his early childhood as a prodigy in an industrial city in northern China to his difficult years in Beijing to his success today.

Journey of a Thousand Miles documents the remarkable, dramatic story of a family who sacrificed almost everything - his parents' marriage, financial security, Lang Lang's childhood, and their reputation in China's insular classical music world - for the belief in a young boy's talent. And it reveals the devastating and intense relationship between a boy and his father, who was willing to go to any length to make his son a star.

An engaging, informative cultural commentator who bridges East and West, Lang Lang has written more than an autobiography: his book opens a door to China, where Lang Lang is a cultural icon. Written with David Ritz, the coauthor of many best-selling autobiographies, Journey of a Thousand Miles is an inspiring story that will give readers an appreciation for the courage and sacrifice it takes to achieve greatness.

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  • The hottest artist on the classical music planet may well be the Chinese pianist Lang Lang…the darling of fans worldwide. The New York Times

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian Saul | 2/9/2014

    " An easy read. A complicated life. Although it reads as an autobiography and is unencumbered by humility, I doubt pianist Lang Lang wrote this himself. No indicator as to whom he had as his ghostwriter. Who'd have thought such a poor man as his father could be such a tyrant and "stage-door daddy"? The abuse Lang Lang endured over the years was compensated for by his own love and talent on the piano. I enjoyed this book and have recommended it to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tama | 2/8/2014

    " What a sad/beautiful, cruel/touching story of a child prodigy, his parents, and the awful,(and wonderful)souls they meet along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathyg | 2/7/2014

    " Enjoyed this very much. His motivation and accomplishments are remarkable! And he is so young-26! This is a book I would read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cathy | 1/20/2014

    " What an inspirational book - this boy was musically wired from the start and reveals a tenacity I have not seen this side of the world. I am not a classical music fan but now I am keen to listen to one of his CD's. "

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