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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (24 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: July 2008 ISBN: 9781415957523
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/19/2014

    " An intriguing view of another culture, as child prodigy Lang Lang gradually overcomes his father's push to become the "number one" pianist in China to instead integrate into the larger culture of classical music and find his own place. I'm not convinced he's entirely succeeded, but I'm rooting for him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/15/2014

    " Good, fast, interesting and sometimes emotional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/12/2014

    " An interesting autobiography- and amazing that a 26-year-old already has one! Lang Lang describes growing up in China and the intense pressure he faced to be Number One in playing the piano. He has an intense relationship with his father whom he loves but also hates and some of the situations he describes between the two of them are quite heart-wrenching. It gives a peek into the life of a concert pianist. I am looking forward to seeing him in concert this April and witnessing his musical genius firsthand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renée | 1/11/2014

    " It was really interesting at first, and then really repetitive. You obviously know what happens in the end, so it became quite boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/8/2014

    " It was an easy read, but quite fascinating. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 12/1/2013

    " I found this book surprisingly good. Especially b/c I'm a pianist. Loved the insight to the Japanese culture of perfection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 11/20/2013

    " Great book! A must read for all pianists, and those who love autobiographies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 11/6/2013

    " I saw Lang Lang perform on Oprah and she mentioned his book. I decided to read it and really enjoyed learning about his life. I watched a couple of videos of him on You-Tube and he is an incredible pianist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 10/22/2013

    " An interesting memoir written from a child prodigy's viewpoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 6/14/2013

    " Easy, easy quick read about the pianist Lang Lang. Heart wrenching in places as you see how hard his father drove him to practice, but you better understand the lifestyle of a famous Chinese musician after reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlie | 12/1/2012

    " Interesting read. He is so talented, and had such a journey to get to where he is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 5/10/2012

    " This is more than a story about Lang Lang. It is about a family's struggle to balance ambition, expectation and relationships. It also illustrates the extreme pressure many young people have to live up to their own or their parents expectations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serenac | 9/20/2010

    " Interesting in terms of learning more about the life of a musical prodigy and also about the culture of China. I had recently seen a Chinese movie, that must have also been based on his life, although altered by the fact that in the movie, the child played violin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Giauque | 9/18/2010

    " This is a fascinating story of the current Chinese pianist phenom and what he went through, as a child, to win competitions in China, constantly prodded and urged by his fiercely ambitious father. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kt Thames | 8/6/2010

    " For every prodigy it seems that there is a nightmarish parent in the background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Broom | 5/17/2010

    " Touching and insightful look at what it took to be one of the world's great musicians. Liked the focus on childhood and development. Last few chapters felt rushed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa Ebora | 1/25/2010

    " A close up view of the life of the famous protege. Amazing story of determination, passion for perfection tamed by excellent mentors. Powerful! I could not stop talking about this book for weeks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/15/2009

    " Wonderful biography on this young musician's life and it's trials and tribulations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yang Chu | 9/16/2009

    " not great lit by any means, but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 9/24/2008

    " Interesting and easy read. "

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About the Author
Author Lang Lang

Lang Lang was born in 1982 in Shenyang, China. A professional pianist who started playing the piano at age three, Lang has played with the leading orchestras in all of the major concert halls throughout the world, and in 2011 played for the White House State Dinner.

About the Narrator

Feodor Chin is a two-time winner of the AudioFile EArphones Award. He is an actor classically trained at the American Conservatory Theater and UCLA. His acting career includes numerous credits in film, television, theater, and voice-over. For more information please visit FeodorChin.com.