• by Anthony Grey
  • Narrated by Gordon Griffin
  • 35 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Joseph Sherman first visits Saigon, the capital of French colonial Cochin-China, in 1925 on a hunting expedition with his father, a US senator. He is lured back again and again as a traveler, a soldier, and then as a reporter by his fascination for the exotic land and for Lan, a mandarin's daughter he cannot forget.
Over five decades, Joseph's life becomes enmeshed with the political intrigues of two of Saigon's most influential families, the French colonist Devrauxs, and the native Trans - and inevitably with Vietnam's turbulent, war torn fate. He is there when the hatred of a million coolies rises against the French, and when the French Foreign Legion fights it's bloody last stand at Dien Bien Phu.


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This book is riveting. It surpass any enjoyment that I have ever experienced.
The author showed his expertise for writing this book on all levels. The content was very real and lively. What I enjoyed the most was the careful consideration that the author showed for the country and the people on both sides of the conflict. At times, I had tears in my eyes as the read was so emotional. I greatly appreciate the education and tone in which the book was written. This is a book that I will read at least three times. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for adventure, education. Also a clear understanding regarding the conflict, people, and country. Most of all the author showed great objectivity when explaining the conflict from both vantages.
The narrator did a superb job not only with reading the story, but with the tone as well.
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- Andromeda

Somewhat disappointing.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I read this book back in the 70's and it captured my imagination so much that I never forgot it. However, the narration of this audiobook was in my opinion appalling.
I have always recommended reading this book to others, but I would not recommend anyone to listen to this.

If you’ve listened to books by Anthony Grey before, how does this one compare?

I read this paperback in the 70's, but this is the only one I have listened to. That said, I would not care to listen to anymore. I found this narration patronizing and irritating.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gordon Griffin?

James Adams comes to mind.

Was Saigon worth the listening time?


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- Everet

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC