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EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

by | Read by Jolene Kim

Biography & Memoir • 16.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2013

Jolene Kim brings just the right tone to this book about nineteenth-century Chinese history. She pronounces Chinese names and phrases with a Mandarin accent that adds to the atmosphere. But her skilled reading cannot overcome the author's sometimes stilted writing. This is a book written for the eye, not the ear. The writing style may be due to the fact the author, currently a British resident, was born in China. The book tells the fascinating story of how a bright but initially illiterate concubine is able to rule through her young son and effect a transformation in China. Listeners will come away with a better understanding of China as it prepared to enter the twentieth century. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2013]



Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2013

DD ISBN 9780804149037 $25.00


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2013

DD ISBN 9780804149044 $95.00

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