Mary's Last Dance Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
I can vividly remember the last steps of the last ballet, walking off the stage led by a mother and knowing the decision I had to make. That was my last dance.
Mary Li (née McKendry) is an international ballet star and a mother like no other. She became a household name when her husband, Li Cunxin, published his best-selling memoir, Mao's Last Dancer - but that book told only half the story.
Growing up in a rambunctious family in Rockhampton, Mary discovered an extraordinary early passion for ballet. It saw her move to London at age 16, to study at the Royal Ballet School and dance at the London Festival Ballet with the likes of Nureyev and later to Houston Ballet, where as principal dancer she fell in love with the acclaimed Chinese ballet dancer Li Cunxin. The couple became the darlings of the dance world and were happier than they could have imagined at the arrival of their firstborn daughter, Sophie.
Then right at the height of her international career, Mary seemingly disappeared from view, leaving the fans aghast. What could have happened to cause a woman so committed, so talented, to give it all away in a heartbeat? Now, almost 20 years on, fans finally get their answer about what happened next to this inspiring family and learn why it is Mary's turn to tell a truly remarkable tale.
Mary's Last Dance is a powerful and uplifting memoir about chasing an impossible dream and sacrificing one's own ambition for the love of a child. It is a moving and unforgettable story of passion, dedication and devotion - and the highly anticipated sequel to one of the world's most beloved books.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 32 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||03 November 2020|
|Publisher||Penguin Random House Australia Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 11,094 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
7 in Biographies of Dancers
7 in Classical Dancing
87 in Entertainment & Performing Arts
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Thankyou Mary Li for sharing your life journey with us, the Profound insights, struggles, and Emotional journey your Fantastic life has been! I am truly Grateful that I came across this book an I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it for anyone to read!🥰
You & your husband did a fantastic job bringing up your family & dancing at the same time. Your day seemingly endless..You put a lot of hours into helping Sophie who is a remarkable lady in her own right.
I have McKendry cousins who lived in Emerald. Loved going there for holidays & going down to Uncle Bill’s shop. Once again I admire you & Li. Thanks for sharing your story.
Like Li, Mary too was a world class ballerina. At the height of their dancing careers, they met in Houston, danced together on stage, fell in love, got married and soon started a family.
Beautiful Sophie was born and she certainly was the love of their young lives. Mary and Li juggled their busy dancing career, looking after their baby girl, as she seemed to be reaching all her developmental milestones . It was one day when a loud balloon popped right next to Sophie and she never reacted that it sent alarm bells sounding out to both parents.
Both Li and Mary's world was turned upside down when Sophie was tested and it was discovered that she was profoundly deaf.
Both Li and Mary, the most energetic, determined, focused parents I know, were about to embark on a journey with Sophie that will leave you spellbound.
Mary, at the peak of her brilliant career, gave it all up for the love of her daughter.
In this almost 500 page memoir you will learn so much about sacrifice, making choices, the journey and experiences in a deaf world, but most of all you will learn about unconditional love.
When I first started the book, I found it a touch too detailed with family information, but then once Sophie came along, I could do nothing but read. I cried great big tears as I fell in love with each and every member of this extraordinary family. I adored how you all embraced the Chinese culture. I loved your time in Melbourne as I could relate to so many places in my home town.
Sophie my love, you are one exceptional young lady and Mary and Li, thank you for sharing this raw account of life with the Li family. Loved you all.