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As the months went by, Cí learned to tell the differences between accidental wounds and those brought about in an attempt to kill; among the incisions made by hatchets and daggers, kitchen knives, machetes and swords; between a murder and a suicide.
Cí, a young scholar-turned-gravedigger in medieval China, has survived enough horrors and pain to last several lifetimes. He finally has the chance to return to his studies - only to receive orders from the Imperial Court to find the sadistic perpetrator of a series of brutal murders. With lives in jeopardy, Cí finds his gruesome investigation complicated by his old loyalties - and by his growing desire for the enigmatic beauty haunting his thoughts. Is he skilled enough to track down the murderer? Or will the killer claim him first?
©2011 Antonio Garrido (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jody on 07-13-13

A serious disappointment

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More corpse reading and less of the string of unbelievable calamities that seem to beset the protagonist. Also, he is by turns quite clever in haggling and dealing with commerce, and impossibly naive in dealing with everything else. It almost felt like reading one of those horrible gothic novels from the nineteenth century. He nearly entered the 'too stupid to live' category.

What do you think your next listen will be?

No idea.

What does Todd Haberkorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reader was the best part of the book, doing various voices and using a trace of a Chinese accent. One nit I will pick, is that he mispronounced the word 'ochre', using a soft ch, as in 'cherry'.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Zulu on 11-15-13

Medieval China

If you can manage to wade through the first six hours or so of one calamity after another because the lead character is an idiot, it starts to get more interesting when he starts doing forensics, although I never really liked the lead character. Since it's set in medieval China there's a lot of violence and mistreatment of people. If you're accused of a crime you can't be sentenced until you confess and they beat you until you finally confess.

The narrator was the best part of the book.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Levente on 02-25-15


Well read, well performed. The story was captivating all way through. If you love crime fiction and deductions then this is very much recommended!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 12-23-17

not as exciting as it sounds

this was a very boring listen. the blurb sounds so unique and exciting but the actual story is pretty boring and the characters are flat and lifeless. the narrator mispronounced several words too.

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