We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story Audiobook, by Simu Liu Play Audiobook Sample

We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story Audiobook

We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story Audiobook, by Simu Liu Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Simu Liu Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063046528

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Longest Chapter Length:

25:44 minutes

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04 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

14:25 minutes

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Publisher Description

The star of Marvel’s first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, tells his own origin story of being a Chinese immigrant, his battles with cultural stereotypes and his own identity, becoming a TV star, and landing the role of a lifetime.

In this honest, inspiring and relatable memoir, newly-minted superhero Simu Liu chronicles his family's journey from China to the bright lights of Hollywood with razor-sharp wit and humor.

Simu's parents left him in the care of his grandparents, then brought him to Canada when he was four. Life as a Canuck, however, is not all that it was cracked up to be; Simu's new guardians lack the gentle touch of his grandparents, resulting in harsh words and hurt feelings. His parents, on the other hand, find their new son emotionally distant and difficult to relate to - although they are related by blood, they are separated by culture, language, and values. 

As Simu grows up, he plays the part of the pious child flawlessly - he gets straight A's, crushes national math competitions and makes his parents proud. But as time passes, he grows increasingly disillusioned with the path that has been laid out for him. Less than a year out of college, at the tender age of 22, his life hits rock bottom when he is laid off from his first job as an accountant. Left to his own devices, and with nothing left to lose, Simu embarks on a journey that will take him far outside of his comfort zone into the world of show business. 

Through a swath of rejection and comical mishaps, Simu's determination to carve out a path for himself leads him to not only succeed as an actor, but also to open the door to reconciling with his parents.

We Were Dreamers is more than a celebrity memoir - it's a story about growing up between cultures, finding your family, and becoming the master of your own extraordinary circumstance.

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“A frank and often funny look at [Liu’s] path to becoming a superhero…He tells his family’s story with empathy and honesty, and the resulting book is a sincere tribute to immigrant families everywhere.”

— Entertainment Weekly 


  • “Simu Liu is a natural narrator, conversational and appealing as he shares his engaging story…Liu’s driven yet playful personality shines through as he tackles the highs and lows of chasing his dream.”

    — AudioFile
  • “This real-life hero’s journey is a knockout.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “A powerful story about a family struggling under the weight of definitions of sacrifice and success, and reconciliation and forgiveness.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Liu’s compassionate treatment of his abusive parents and his younger self results in a tender, nuanced narrative that is refreshing in its frankness.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “A sincere, funny, and fascinating love letter to family and a guidebook to pursuing your dreams.”

    — Olivia Munn, American actress
  • “[A] hilarious and heartfelt story about growing up, finding yourself, and seizing your moment.”

    — Ryan Reynolds, Canadian-American actor, producer, and comedian


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick
  • An InsideHook Pick of Books You Should Read This Month
  • A New York Times bestseller

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About Simu Liu

Simu Liu is an actor and writer most widely known for his role as Jung on CBC’s Kim’s Convenience. His onscreen credits include Awkwafina Is Nora from Queen’s, Fresh Off the Boat, The Expanse, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. He has also written for film and television, authored articles for magazines, and created several boba-inspired memes that went viral.