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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: December 2012 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/31/2014

    " I adored this book. I have read other memoirs of Mau's China but this one is my new favorite. I especially loved how kind he was to his ex-wife and other people who he could have easily vilified. An incredible book. I would recommend this to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misha | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting read on a true story of a ballet dancer that was chosen (with several other children) out of a billions children, to learn and study dance at Mao's newly built arts academy. Coming from a peasant background and having virtually nothing, he talks about rising out of the well that he was placed in. It was a story of hard work, politics and interactions with the people he loved. I didn't agree with his reasoning about defecting to the West. I think he hurt a lot of people in the process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy Cheah | 1/11/2014

    " Mao's last dancer is an biography written by Li Cunxin which recounts his journey from a young, impoverished village boy destined to labour in the fields to a world-famous professional dancer. This book is inspiring because he thought he was destined to be a farmer/peasant like his parents but after he heard the story about The Frog Under The Well, he decided to dream bigger and succeeded in the end. It all started one day when there were a few officers who came to his school to recruit some pupils for the Beijing Dance Academy and fortunately he was then selected. During his first year in the Dance Academy, he missed his family so much and his results suffered tremendously. He constantly went to the "Weeping Willow Tree" to seek comfort because he had no one else to turn to. Students in the Dance Academy at that time came from different parts of China and they all had different accents from him and he couldn't communicate with them. He felt like he didn't belong to the Dance Academy but he had to move on because he was afraid of being a disgrace to the Li Family. He started to like Ballet when Teacher Xiao became his Ballet teacher instead. Teacher Xiao, unlike other teachers never yelled or scolded Cunxin and showed him the beauty of Ballet and that was when he started to like Ballet. He started getting more solos and was even invited to Houston Ballet by Ben. He succeeded in the end because he never gave up and kept pushing himself harder whenever he met any obstacles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paige | 1/10/2014

    " I think this book illustrates why so many autobiographies have a second author. This one probably would have made a great biography in the hands of a better writer. I stuck with it for about 200 pages, but finally, after falling asleep for the fifth time while reading it, I decided to give up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muffin | 1/9/2014

    " Enjoyable. Amazing story. Keep with it. "

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

    " I feel very spoiled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ﻉммel☼ foxes are foxy... :D | 12/31/2013

    " the story was well written and the events connected together smoothly. Li really showed how he felt and his experiences were vivd. wonderful book.autobiographys...i dont normally read them but after reading this, it was awesome! so i may be reading more of these types of books in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 12/28/2013

    " Great insight into Mao's Cultural Revolution. Wonderful story about a Chinese peasant boy picked to be trained in ballet as part of Madame Mao's part in China's cultural program. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Showler | 11/26/2013

    " The portrayal of the cycle of the author's life, and his extended family. The context of the authors' attitude with his parents, his respect for them and the parents love for their son are aspects I remember from this book.The theme of the purpose of adversity in someones life is inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 11/24/2013

    " My mother-in-law recommended this book and I had no idea what to expect. It wasn't what I expected at all, but the biggest thing was that I kept thinking how happy I was that I was not born in China in 1961 like Li Cunxin was. What an eye opening book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 11/23/2013

    " Good portrayal of rural china at beginning. Great, fast read. True story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 10/17/2013

    " Will get this on netflix instead. Interesting story but the language flow became tedious. The author would have benefited from a co-author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meridendaly | 10/16/2013

    " Very interesting spin on communism and dancing - a memoir written by Li - easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran Piercey | 7/11/2013

    " A fantastic book! "From bitter poverty to the stardom of the West - this is the extrordinary true story of one boy's great courage and determination." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 6/24/2013

    " As usual, the movie did not do this book justice! This book is so beautiful, and I particularly loved the story of Li's parents at the start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade C | 5/16/2013

    " It was pretty good. I had to read it for english in year seven. I would recommend this book. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 4/6/2013

    " I really really enjoyed this. I also studied ballet as a child which was why I was drawn to the book but it was about so much more. Although there were hardships and I was moved to tears, I loved this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Freebirdworld | 2/28/2013

    " Li is a very smart, talented person. He's not only superb in dancing but also he knew whom to turn to for help. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myesa Nichole | 1/25/2013

    " although I liked the story, it was a bit predictable if you've read anything else about China. "

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