Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

  • by Ying Chang Compestine
  • Narrated by Jodi Long
  • 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nine-year-old Ling is very comfortable in her life; her parents are both dedicated surgeons in the best hospital in Wuhan. But when Comrade Li, one of Mao's political officers, moves into a room in their apartment, Ling begins to witness the gradual disintegration of her world. In an atmosphere of increasing mistrust, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors and, soon, for herself and her family. Over the course of four years, Ling manages to grow and blossom, even as she suffers more horrors than many people face in a lifetime.Drawing from her childhood experience, Ying Chang Compestine brings hope and humor to this compelling story for all ages about a girl fighting to survive during the Cultural Revolution in China.

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An eye into everyday life during Mao's reign.

My children and I loved this book. It was a good pace and long enough to accompany us on a few of our monthly, hour long trips.

The characters were relatable, especially for my 9 & 10 year old. The story was appropriate for their age, although near the end it did get a little intense.

We really liked the performance and all of the different voices she did. My daughter thought there was more than one person, because the voices sounded so distinct.
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- Aaron Fraser

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-15-2007
  • Publisher: Listening Library