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Download Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ji-li Jang Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN:
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Twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has brains, friends, and a bright future. Then Mao Zedong launches China's infamous Cultural Revolution. Soon school is suspended and students are getting caught up in the fervor of Mao's extreme politics. When Ji-li's family is accused of capitalist crimes, all of her beautiful dreams burst like soap bubbles. Because Ji-li's grandfather was a landlord, her family is harassed and humiliated. Their home is searched, and they live in constant fear. Nonetheless, Ji-li remains loyal to her beloved Chairman Mao and endeavors to reform her ideology. But with her father's detention, Ji-li is faced with the most difficult choice of her life.

Told with simple grace, this is the true story of a family's courage in one of the most terrifying eras of modern history. Christina Moore's moving narration makes the Jiang family's saga unforgettable.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 2/3/2014

    " Red Scarf Girl just got added to my "Books Everyone Should Read" list. From a child's view and using fairly simple language, Jiang Ji-li's memoir perfectly captures the terror and confusion experienced by those growing up during China's Cultural Revolution. While the language is not difficult, and the accompanying glossary and pronunciation guide helps with the new terms and Chinese names, the subject matter makes this book more appropriate for middle school or early high school lessons than upper elementary. Jiang describes group humiliation & beatings, plus the societal brainwashing may be too difficult a concept for younger students. That said, this would be a perfect book for literature circles during civics or history lessons; I would also highly recommend this book for adult readers looking to learn more about this era in China's history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 2/3/2014

    " An interesting and honest account "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 *Victoria The Last Airbender* | 2/2/2014

    " It was a good book.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Wyld | 2/1/2014

    " A really well written book about the Chinese cultural revolution from the perspective of a young woman living through it. The premise is of course awful and what the heck- did Chairman Mao read 1984 and Animal Farm and take notes??? Part of my middle school curriculum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 1/31/2014

    " This was a good and important story that should be heard, but it was very dark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rikelle | 1/25/2014

    " An eye opening look at Communist China during the cultural revolution. This is a true story written from the perspective of a 12 year old girl. It is simply told and I would say good for fourth grade and up. I recently finished reading Lois Lowry's "The Giver" and it is eerie how similar they are. For me the point of the book is to show how much one person can change the world for good or for bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Green | 1/23/2014

    " I read this book after returning from a month long trip through Yunnan--the eastern side of China and one that borders Tibet. I had difficulty "getting" the Chinese. A few Chinese we met were kind and generous, however, my overall impression was of a culture of peasants who had lost all curiosity. It was a bleak and depressing experience. Red Scarf Girl helped me to look deeper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey Williams | 1/21/2014

    " I liked this book. It gave me a better idea of what the Cultural Revolution was like. Being a young adult book, it was easy to read and understand. I really felt for this girl and the struggles she went through with her family. Reading books like this always make me grateful for the country I live in and the freedoms we have. Some of the things that happened during the Cultural Revolution are just unheard of and I can't imagine what it was like to have to endure them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gconnolly | 1/20/2014

    " This is a very well contructed and first hand account of the Chinese Cultural Revolution from the heart of a 12 year girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/4/2014

    " I've hardly read any historical fiction, so this book was a definite change! The true story really makes you appreciate life in the U.S., where you're free to have your opinions. It really blew me away how bad people were treated during this time. It was well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Liggin | 12/27/2013

    " this book was O.K.A.Y it wasnt the best book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha Wiedower | 12/23/2013

    " Excellent read aloud for 5th graders learning about WWII. Otherwise you can read it for general cultural education. It's about a 12-year-old girl growing up in Communist China during the cultural revolution. Very well written and moving story. It made my students very angry during some parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/22/2013

    " Very good book but also quite depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline Beck | 12/11/2013

    " This is a story of choosing between family and and your country. It is very sad but very moving and inspiring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 11/16/2013

    " reading with my english class... dont like it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 10/28/2013

    " What a massive shame that people have lived, and do have to live this way. We are so blessed to have our inalienable rights. To have them taken is unthinkable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms Cochran | 10/23/2013

    " Striking and well written. The reader's affection for Ji-li makes the story more personal. I'm hoping to have my seventh graders read this story this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soren | 10/15/2013

    " (It was informational and entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magda | 9/20/2013

    " Horrible events, but a wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 8/30/2013

    " I'm so thankful to be living in a free country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 7/15/2013

    " A firsthand account of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, from the point of view of a young girl. There are plenty of stories from the streets, all written with a you-are-there quality that makes the fear and tension all the more visceral. Beautifully written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 6/9/2013

    " Eye opening book about the cultural revolution in China. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 6/1/2013

    " Loved it and can't wait to give it to my daughter to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/25/2013

    " I've never heard much about China's cultural revolution,so this was educational to me. I had a hard time with how simplified it was until I read something in the back that said it was a children's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberlayy º | 3/29/2013

    " This book was really great...I finished it in less than a day and I thoroughly loved it!! It was really interesting to see the views of a chinese girl, who really believed that communism was the right thing. It was really fantastic and I would recommend it to ANYONE!! "

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