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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean King Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In October 1934, the Chinese Communist Army found itself facing annihilation, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Nationalist soldiers. Rather than surrender, 86,000 Communists embarked on an epic flight to safety. Only thirty were women. Their trek would eventually cover 4,000 miles over 370 days. Under enemy fire they crossed highland swamps, climbed Tibetan peaks, scrambled over chain bridges, and trudged through the sands of the western deserts. Fewer than 10,000 of them would survive, but remarkably all of the women would live to tell the tale.

Unbound is an amazing story of love, friendship, and survival written by a new master of adventure narrative.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating…King, the bestselling author of Skeletons on the Zahara, has done brilliant work bringing the march to life with a plethora of vivid, well-researched details…Unbound is an authoritative account of the Long March, but its evocations of the marchers’ experiences will linger long after the historical details slip from readers’ memories.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • "Unbound recounts the amazing journey that 30 women and 86,000 men took in an effort to escape Chaing Kai-shek’s advancing soldiers…Threading the narratives of the women’s individual stories, women’s place in China at the time, and the progress of the March with an overall picture of modern Chinese history, King gives readers a unique look at a turning point for [China].”

    Houston Press

  • “A terrific feminist story and a significant document of this incredible human feat.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 12/21/2013

    " Fascinating glimpse of an era of modern history about which I know very little. The maps were particularly helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paulette Ramage | 11/18/2013

    " this to me was great to read, much more interesting than any history book. Very uplifting to read of the hardship and resiliency of the time for these women. takes some time to read but in my opinion worth it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael | 11/7/2013

    " I really tried to like this book. I think that I needed to know more about Chinese history going in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jackie | 7/3/2012

    " nonfiction accounts of women on the long march in China "

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