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3.99997683023827 out of 53.99997683023827 out of 53.99997683023827 out of 53.99997683023827 out of 53.99997683023827 out of 5 4.00 (28,917 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jung Chang Narrator: Joy Osmanski Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Blending the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history, Wild Swans has become a bestselling classic in thirty languages, with more than ten million copies sold. The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, it is an engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love.

Jung Chang describes the life of her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then she worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An inspiring tale of women who survived every kind of hardship, deprivation, and political upheaval with their humanity intact.”

    Hillary Clinton, O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “Her family chronicle resembles a popular novel that stars strong, beautiful women and provides cameo roles for famous men…But Wild Swans is no romance. It’s a story…about the survival of a Chinese family through a century of disaster.” 

    New Yorker

  • “A mesmerizing memoir.” 


  • “This real-life saga of a Chinese family over three generations contains more violence than any film noir, more heartrending tragedy than Little Dorrit…There has never been a book like this.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • Wild Swans is riveting. It’s blindingly good: a mad adventure story, a fairy tale of courage, and a tale of atrocities. You can’t, as they say, put it down.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melanie | 2/14/2014

    " Fascinating true story told from the perspective of three generations of women living in China since about 1900 to present day showing the years of political dysfunction in China and how it affected everyday life. The mother of the author was a young idealistic communist who felt she was part of something wonderful for her country and slowly became disillusioned and persecuted. I haven't read much from a communist perspective of how crazy things were during the Cultural Revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane Somers | 2/3/2014

    " Best book I have ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Henk | 2/1/2014

    " One of my all time favourites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rae Stanton | 1/25/2014

    " A must-read for anyone interested in China's incredible history. Heartbreak, family loyalty, trust, lies, propaganda, government-induced anarchy and a whole lot more. "

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