The Barefoot Lawyer

  • by Chen Guangcheng
  • Narrated by David Shih
  • 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was like a scene out of a thriller: one morning in April 2012, China's most famous political activist - a blind, self-taught lawyer - climbed over the wall of his heavily guarded home and escaped. Days later, he turned up at the American embassy in Beijing, and only a furious round of high-level negotiations made it possible for him to leave China and begin a new life in the United States. Chen Guangcheng is a unique figure on the world stage, but his story is even more remarkable than anyone knew.
The son of a poor farmer in rural China, blinded by illness when he was an infant, Chen was fortunate to survive a difficult childhood. But despite his disability, he was determined to educate himself and fight for the rights of his country's poor, especially a legion of women who had endured forced sterilizations and abortions under the hated "one child" policy. Repeatedly harassed, beaten, and imprisoned by Chinese authorities, Chen was ultimately placed under house arrest. After nearly two years of increasing danger, he evaded his captors and fled to freedom.
Both a riveting memoir and a revealing portrait of modern China, this passionate audiobook tells the story of a man who has never accepted limits and always believed in the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle.


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Stupendous story of perseverance

In the US we have so many privileges and freedoms and opportunities! Most of us take them for granted!
This should be a required world history read in HS!
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- Gracez

True story about the dark side of China

A great book by a great Chinese citizen, who is fighting for the basic human rights in China, highly recommended!
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- Guiru

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio