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Description

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of China that opened up the country to the world.

Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century.

Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece that is extraordinary in every way.

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Critiques

"Immensely moving and unsettling; an unforgettable portrait of the brain-death of a nation." ( The Sunday Times)
" Wild Swans made me feel like a five-year-old. This is a family memoir that has the breadth of the most enduring social history." ( The Independent on Sunday)

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  • Global
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  • SLW
  • 14/11/2016

Mind-boggling account of Chinese upheaval

Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Swans to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily. I have the print version and consider both valuable.

What did you like best about this story?

Although I was familiar with the outlines of this period in China, I found the personal story of the family that goes through the experiences of drastic changes riveting.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Maybe something like "adapt or die" or "what seems to be true isn't" or "you can't always get what you want and sometimes you can't even get what you need"

Any additional comments?

Amazing story, well told.

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  • Global
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  • Rosanna
  • 20/01/2016

Exceptional Story!

Enthralling story. Well written, beautifully read. Truly an anazing story told across generations intertwined with a balance of history and information.

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  • Global
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  • mike marshall
  • 22/05/2018

A must read to truly understand modern China

As an expat living in Hong Kong, I often wondered how there could be such a drastic change in people by just crossing the border into Shenzhen or a quick flight to Xi’an. Wild Swans provided a vivid history through an amazing story or hardship and perseverance.

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  • David L.
  • 12/03/2018

A powerful personal history of China

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For an understanding of the last century of Chinese history, I believe this book is a must read.

What did you like best about this story?

It is difficult to imagine the society described in this book. Orwell's fictional 1984 pales in comparison to this personal and family history of life under communism and its predecessors. This story depicts unbelievable suffering and oppression. Man's inhumanity to man is laid out plainly in event after event.

What about Pik-sen Lim’s performance did you like?

Very well read, but felt a bit slow. However, it's a weighty story and the pace allowed me to keep up.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It's too long, and the story is too oppressive to listen in one sitting for me. I listened in 4-5 hour chunks and that was sometimes hard to handle.

  • Global
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  • Robert H.
  • 04/03/2018

Amazing resilience.

Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Swans to be better than the print version?

I always like the audio versions better than print because if the narrator is good it transports you into the story.

What did you like best about this story?

The part of the story I liked best is the insight into a culture and country that I have not visited. Each generation was different in what they had to endure but it was horrifying at times.

What does Pik-sen Lim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice brings the story to life in a way that reading can't come close to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There is a real anguish when reading of what people endured and how different their lives are from generation to generation. It is better but not acceptable yet. Another nauseating example of mans inhumanity to man. I am amazed at how they came through such difficult circumstances but these truths are necessary to learn about. Appreciation for life comes from knowing these histories versus ignoring them.

Any additional comments?

Great story and plenty of historical facts. An eye opener and a definite read for those interested in other cultures.

  • Global
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  • Susan
  • 27/09/2017

Fantastic read. Reads like fiction but is not.

Provides so real insight into modern China. An excellent reader. Three generations and so much change.

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  • Ramon
  • 14/05/2017

Great book

Good insight into real Chinese history. Raw and beautifully written. Stop reading the reviews, read the book ;)

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  • Calvin P Robison
  • 16/08/2016

Way too long

I liked that after 27 hours it ended positively! Very sad story of an amazingly brilliant family and young woman finally finding freedom!

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  • Clara R. Arechiga
  • 13/06/2016

Pain, so much gratuitos pain.

A timely reminder of the horrors of the Cultural Revolution. Mrs Jung is tiresome sometimes in her perfection and one would like to hear more about her mother or grandmother, but the story is so painful one must overlook her self pity.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/05/2016

A BOOK FOR THE AGES

A touching personal story/national history; reads like a novel; universal significance. I cried, too, Jung.