The Bangkok Asset : Sonchai Jitpleecheep

  • by John Burdett
  • Narrated by Stephen Hogan
  • Series: Sonchai Jitpleecheep
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sonchai Jitpleecheep is back! The Royal Thai Police detective, our wily, sometimes madly bold guide through the author's previous acclaimed Bangkok novels, is this time on the trail of an American conspiracy and once again - and closer than ever - on the trail of his American father.
With Sonchai on this case is the young female inspector, Krom. Like Sonchai, she's an outsider on the police force, but unlike him she is socially savvy and a technological prodigy. When they're called to a demonstration - in the midst of a typhoon - of the deadly, superhuman strength of an American man who is seemingly controlled by a CIA operative, they have no idea what they're actually witnessing or why. Their reliably obtuse and unequivocally crooked boss, Colonel Vikorn, explains some of it, but the most telling questions remain unanswered: Could the Americans have figured out a way to create a physically and psychologically enhanced super soldier? Are they testing him - or it - on Thai soil? And why is everyone, from the Bangkok police to the international community, so eager to turn a blind eye?

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Stunning, terrifying, must read in case this is our future

A truly frightening possible future, given the direction of technology and the desperately unenlightened behavior of the human race.

Though performed with admirably dramatic reading, the sound engineering is flawed for listening in any but the quietest environment. I listen while driving and the huge difference in volume between emphatic and whispered words--often in the same sentence--made it nearly impossible to find a usable volume setting. I had to frequently backspace, turn up the volume, relisten, then turn it down again.

But it was worth the effort. Get this book now. The best of the Bangkok series.
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- Francis

Interesting story but poor narration stopped me from finishing the book

The narrator of this book modulates the pitch and volume of his voice very poorly. Specifically, he begins most sentences very loudly but then trails off the latter part of every sentence to the extent that to understand each sentence in full, one must constantly turn the volume up as he trails off into almost whispering. But if you're not quick to reset the volume back to a low setting, his voice comes booming out at a painful decibel level, particularly when he uses his old fashioned, really obnoxious sounding "Oriental" voice (I choose my words carefully, when he speaks for most of the female, Thai characters, the narrator's voice sounds like Mickey Rooney portraying "Mr. Yunioshi" in Breakfast at Tiffany's). I had to stop listening after chapter 15, I was getting a headache from the cacophonous volume changes and frustration from missing so much dialogue when I left the volume low as I couldn't stand anymore shouting...

I'll just get the print version and read the rest of this interesting story, but the narration was just too unpleasant to stand.
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- Prussian reader in Siam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books