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Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister

Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
Narrated by: Joanna David
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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Penguin presents the audio edition of Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister by Jung Chang.

The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai who, for most of the 20th century, were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that ‘one loved money, one loved power and one loved her country’, but there was far more to the Soong sisters than these caricatures. As China battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, each sister played an important, sometimes critical role and left an indelible mark on history.

Red Sister, Ching-ling, married Sun Yat-sen, founding father of the Chinese republic, and later became Mao’s vice chair. Little Sister, May-ling, was Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of the pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, was Chiang’s unofficial main adviser. She made herself one of China’s richest women - and her husband Chiang’s prime minister. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory but also endured constant attacks and mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love as well as despair and heartbreak. The relationship between them was highly charged emotionally, especially once they had embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters’ world.

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, exile, intrigue, glamour and betrayal which takes us on a monumental journey, from Canton to Hawaii and New York, from exiles’ quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape the history of 20th-century China.

©2019 Jung Chang (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • andrew james lilley
  • 05-11-2019

Reader should have been coached on pronunciation.

I am totally absorbed by this .As an avid reader of Jung Chang I think it an equal to all her previous works.
My only issue with it is with the reader.I feel she should have been coached on the pronunciation of many of the peoples and Chinese provinces names .She seems to get stuck on ' Chiang Kai Shek ' every single time to the point where I am shouting at my player: ' Come on you've said it over 100 times now surely you can string thosw three names together!'
I n every other respect a fantastic book.Highly recommended.

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  • LWM
  • 03-11-2019

It’s not in my librart!

I pre booked this, but can not download to diary even though it says it’s my library. Please help!

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  • Moira
  • 11-12-2019

Unable to open

I was so excited that she has written another book. So I’m so disappointed that I can’t open it and listen to it on audible 😢

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  • starforth
  • 01-12-2019

Narrator sounds like she’s still learning to read

Would have been much better to have found a native Chinese actor to read this. Not only does narrator struggle with Chinese words (she sounds like a mother-in-law from the Cotswolds trying to be terribly accurate in her pronunciation after that nice young man came to the W.I to talk to them all about Chinese history).
I enjoy the History behind this but do wonder at the author’s poetic license unless she had an exhaustive archive at her disposal.

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  • Csilla Pasztor
  • 24-11-2019

Already purchased but unable to download.

I can see in the reviews that others have the same issue. Fix the problem, please.