Do Not Say We Have Nothing

  • by Madeleine Thien
  • Narrated by Angela Lin
  • 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent to the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989.
It is a history of revolutionary idealism, music and silence, in which three musicians - the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow; the violin prodigy, Zhuli; and the enigmatic pianist, Kai - struggle during China's relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another and to the music they have devoted their lives to.


What the Critics Say

"Full of wisdom and complexity, comedy and beauty, Thien has delivered a novel that is both hugely political and severe, but at the same time delicate and intimate." (Kate Whiting, Herald)
"A magnificent epic of Chinese history, richly detailed and beautifully written." (Kate Saunders, The Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Read the book, the audio ruins it

The narrator’s voice is so mournful and flat... it leaves no room for optimism or joy. It announces a certain doom which makes the story unappealing. A real shame.
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- Lucy Mac

Moving and thought-provoking story.

A complex story that becomes easier to follow as the story unfolds.

It is long but the reader is ultimately rewarded. And when it finishes you wished it would have another chapter.

Beautifully written and superbly read.
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- Terra72

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-09-2016
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks