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Bruce Lee

Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

The most authoritative biography of film legend Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between Eastern and Western cultures and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans. 

Forty-five years after Bruce Lee’s sudden death at 32, journalist and best-selling author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee’s life. It’s also one of the only accounts; incredibly, there has never been an authoritative biography of Lee. Following a decade of research that included conducting more than 100 interviews with Lee’s family, friends, business associates, and even the actress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon.  

Polly explores Lee’s early years as a child star in Hong Kong cinema; his actor father’s struggles with opium addiction and how that turned Bruce into a troublemaking teenager who was kicked out of high school and eventually sent to America to shape up; his beginnings as a martial arts teacher, eventually becoming personal instructor to movie stars like James Coburn and Steve McQueen; his struggles as an Asian American actor in Hollywood and frustration seeing role after role he auditioned for go to a white actors in eye makeup; his eventual triumph as a leading man; his challenges juggling a skyrocketing career with his duties as a father and husband; and his shocking end that to this day is still shrouded in mystery. 

Polly breaks down the myths surrounding Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with the martial arts - not a kung-fu guru who just so happened to make a couple of movies. This is an honest, revealing look at an impressive yet imperfect man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played onscreen.

©2018 Matthew Polly (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

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Its been a long time coming , but its finally here

I have been a follower of Bruce Lee now for over 45 years and i have read all , if not most of what has been written about his life (Some very good , some good and just a few - very bad). This book is like a breath of fresh air , true , honest with no grey areas just good old plain facts (Even i , a seasoned professional concerning Bruce's life , have learnt some new things - Thank you for that Matthew and great job). The narration was also excellent . nicely paced and the narrator sounded interested in the content and brought that to the reading (Well put together Audible). I finished this book with a little sadness though , knowing that after this can be no more books concerning Bruce's life - as this has done the complete job. Thanks again Matthew and to say that the 7 years it has taken you to put this together , was worth every single minute.

John Frith-Williams
England

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Finally a superb Lee Biography

This is such a superb piece of storytelling. The depth and detail are wonderful. Polly has written a book that will appeal to fans of Bruce Lee, fans of martial arts and fans of 60's, 70's cultural history. Polly captures the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, the counterculture of the 60s perfectly. There was so much more to Lee than a high kicking action star and this book does the subject justice.

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a warts and all account of a great person

I loved how unbiased this book was, it did not present him as some unrealistic demigod, but a person that made mistakes and had character flaws. I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee before listening to this audiobook and I was surprised how much more there was to his story. I'd say this book makes my top ten of all time, well done to the author.

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believe

I felt for a short period of time Bruce wasn't gone and I felt I knew him... great book

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Just Wow

Absolutely gutted the book has finished. There is not many people who have had such interesting life’s in such a short space. I’ve always been amazed by Bruce and Pollys work leaving no stone unturned has only reaffirmed this. Not to be missed.

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Inspiring story of a flawed genius

Tells the good and bad sides of a legend. The book is very well written and read.

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Very good

This is a “warts n all” biography that tells both the good and the bad of him, not sycophantic in its praise of his legendary talent but instead trying to balance the human side of him while still making this interesting.

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An amazing life story of the Bruce Lee

Loved this books telling of Bruce Lee’s story from birth to death and beyond. I learnt so much about this highly motivated and inspirational guy, that I didn’t know before. Definitely recommend giving it a listen or read!

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Very through and engaging.

A very thorough and engaging audiobook. Definitive warts and all telling of Bruce Lee's life story.

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Great book.

Good to hear a book from start to finish about a person's life and indepth. Must read for true fans.