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Dancing Bears

Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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For hundreds of years, Bulgarian Gypsies trained bears to dance, welcoming them into their families and taking them on the road to perform. In the early 2000s, with the fall of Communism, they were forced to release the bears into a wildlife refuge. But even today, whenever the bears see a human, they still get up on their hind legs to dance.

In the tradition of Ryszard Kapuściński, award-winning Polish journalist, Witold Szabłowski uncovers remarkable stories of people throughout Eastern Europe and in Cuba who, like Bulgaria’s dancing bears, are now free but who seem nostalgic for the time when they were not. His on-the-ground accounts provide a fascinating portrait of social and economic upheaval and a lesson in the challenges of freedom and the seductions of authoritarian rule.

©2018 Witold Szabłowski, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Kait
  • 2019-07-23

Intelligent, entertaining, & insightful

This collection of stories made me realize how little I know about the Soviet era. The narrator was a perfect fit for this incredibly well-written book. Highly recommend.

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  • Kinga
  • 2018-12-19

Very interesting book, great narrator.

This book was recommended by NPR and I am so glad I listened to it. Great narrator, interesting facts, easy listening. This book makes you think about the state of world politics and how we are manipulated.

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  • Ericka Benavides
  • 2018-03-28

Mind blowing

you can read the story of the bears and apply this to any area of your life and create a deep analogy of what freedom means to you.