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Because this is a traditional Chinese legal thriller, it would be best if you listened to the explanation of the differences between American/European crime stories and traditional Chinese detective stories. The translator has a 40 minute appendix describing the various devices within the traditional Chinese detective novel and it is VERY helpful. His appendix begins at 7:42:15.
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Robert Van Gulik's Judge Dee stories are wonderful crime/mystery stories. They flow very well. They give you an insight into how life was from the commoner to the upper class in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-906 AD/CE). The stories are about the district judge/magistrate Di Renjie and the court cases/mysteries that he solves in the different district posts that he holds.
I was introduced to the character from the movie "Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon". When I realized it was based off of a book, I hunted down the author and read all the books. I LOVED them.
The only down side is the narrator gives the judge a british sounding voice. It would have been better with someone narrating with a voice that sounded more asian in its inflections.