Mao's Great Famine

  • by Frank Dikötter
  • Narrated by David Bauckham
  • 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Between 1958 and 1962, 45 million Chinese people were worked, starved or beaten to death. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward. It lead to one of the greatest catastrophes the world has ever known. Dikotter's extraordinary research within Chinese archives brings together for the first time what happened in the corridors of power with the everyday experiences of ordinary people. This groundbreaking account definitively recasts the history of the People's Republic of China.


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An Amazing listen

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

Yes, very moving and informative

Who was your favorite character and why?


Which character – as performed by David Bauckham – was your favourite?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The description of how people living during the famine and the causes was riveting.

Any additional comments?

Really worth at listen. Highly recomended

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- Dr S Bhatt

I read this book while travelling around China...

I read this book while travelling around China and I have to say it made the trip have more depth, albeit harrowing at times. I feel I understood the country and the culture on a much deeper level as well as what was going on around me, even though most people didn't speak English. Of all of the countries I have been too (& there are many), China is not one I 'enjoyed''; I may go back to Beijing sometime, however, overall the feeling of China was not for me. This book gives you a great solid foundation of a piece of significant history for a great peoples of a large powerful country.
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- Joanna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-01-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks