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Download Mao's Last Dancer: Young Readers' Edition Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Maos Last Dancer: Young Readers Edition (Unabridged), by Li Cunxin
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Li Cunxin Narrator: Paul English Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One day, not so very many years ago, a small peasant boy was chosen to study ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy. His mother urged him to take this chance of a lifetime. But Li was only eleven years old and he was scared and lonely, pushed away from all that he had ever known and loved. He hated the strict training routines and the strange place he had been brought to. All he wanted to do was go home - to his mother, father, and six brothers, to his own small village. But soon Li realised that his mother was right. He had the chance to do something special with his life - and he never turned back.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eve Sullivan | 2/17/2014

    " Bit of a slow starter but overall a great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Glenna | 2/7/2014

    " This is a must read. I just kept thinking that he grew up approximately the same time as I did and it blows my mind to think of what his life was like compared to mine. I liked the fact that he wasn't "born" with this talent, he actually worked hard to get where he did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie Wahlquist | 2/6/2014

    " Very interesting book. I feel like I've read a lot of books about China recently and all I have to say is this: China is crazy. I always finish these types of books wondering why I got to be born in America. Now about the book; I was very impressed with the author's amazing family and discipline and especially enjoyed all the dance references because I actually knew what he was talking about. This was a good read, maybe not the most well-written book perhaps, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill | 2/4/2014

    " An amazing book about hard work. Also amazing in the details of a time and place with which I was unfamiliar (one of my favorite parts about books) - China in the last half of the 20th Century. Also gave me a much greater appreciation for the intracacies of ballet. Really enjoyable. "

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