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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The book actually consists of two sections, which alternate from chapter to chapter. One of these consists of 'Chinese rules' derived from very interesting historical events and figures. Among these are Macartney's visit to the Qing court, The Taiping rebellion, Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution and Deng Xiaoping's opening up and reform. I have read about of of these many times before but I still found these chapters highly enjoyable, well written and informative. The way they conclude with a clear learning that still applies to (doing business with) China today is very useful.
The other half of the books tells about Clissold's trials and tribulations as a carbon credit trader. Maybe it's the fact that carbon trading is a rather dry subject matter which I have no real interest in, but I found these chapters to be dragging and boring. With the exception of a case of forged documents by one of Clissold's business partners and a disastrous baijiu night there's not much that stuck from these chapters. Also, the way they are supposed to illustrate the five rules that are described in other chapters feels forced.
I would have loved to read about another 5 lessons instead of Clissold's personal business dealings.
Would you be willing to try another book from Tim Clissold? Why or why not?
Maybe, depending on the subject matter.
Have you listened to any of Stephen Critchlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Haven't heard any of his other narrations. I found his work on this book enjoyable because it comes with a typical English delivery that suits the book. His pronounciation of Chinese words and names is not very good but I found it less annoying than with other performers.
Did Chinese Rules inspire you to do anything?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I think it is a valuable book for anyone want to go to china. it is even better for fob like me to understand my culture again. Tim's British humor make the whole book very entertaining!