Big in China

  • by Alan Paul
  • Narrated by Alan Paul
  • 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The inspiring story of a man, a family, a band, a foreign country, and a new beginning.
When Alan Paul's wife was offered the job as the Wall Street Journal's China bureau chief, he saw it as an amazing opportunity to shake up their increasingly staid suburban New Jersey life. Excited and not a little scared, they packed up their three children, ages two, four, and seven, and headed for adventure and uncertainty in Beijing, China.
Based on his award-winning Wall Street Journal Online column, "The Expat Life", Big in China explores Paul's unlikely three-and-a-half-year journey of reinvention in this rapidly developing metropolis. He reveals the challenges that he and his family faced while living in a foreign land, including reaching beyond the expat community, coming to terms with his new role as a stay-at-home dad, and learning to navigate and thrive in an unfamiliar culture. By viewing an intimidating challenge as a golden opportunity rather than as a burden, he saw his world open up around him.
At the heart of the memoir is his time fronting Woodie Alan, a blues band he formed with a Chinese partner. The cross-cultural collaboration became an unlikely success. The band embarked on a tour across China, earning the title "Best Band in Beijing" and recording an acclaimed CD of original music sung in both English and Mandarin, which prompted ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons to say, "This is the best Chinese blues band I ever heard. Who knew?" Woodie Alan was symbolic of Paul's entire China experience - and proof of what transpires when one can suspend preconceived notions and plunge into a new reality.
A testament to the transformative power of a life lived beyond comfortable borders, Big in China reminds us of the importance of always keeping our horizons wide and our thoughts ambitious.

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sorry but i hated it!

Was looking forward to this book - I love books on travel and China but this one just did not deliver. I thought it would be about living and working in China but it's not. It's about the author who apparently is famous in China, he goes on about his music career and such but nothing much about China. If you know him and his music it might appeal to you but if like me you know nothing about him then forget it! I found it a bit boring so sorry but it's a thumbs down from me.
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- Joanne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio