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The highly improbable behaviour of the female protagonist and the the gruesome descriptions of autopsies etc combine to outweigh the positives of this book. This is unfortunate as some of the other characters are very interesting as is the description of modern China with the many vestiges of its past well described. It is as though the author did not have enough confidence in his plot and ability to draw convincing characters and so added sensationalist elements to compensate. The narration was enjoyable with good differentiation of the people.
A really enjoyable listen. You knew how the plot was going but there were still many many twists and turns within it that I didn't see coming. Fascinating incite to Chinese life also...Well worth a listen.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Having lived in Beijing from end 1994 to 2009, I was impressed with Peter May's insight into the North Chinese psyche and Beijing. His description of the culture clash between American and Chinese culture, and the growing understanding, is done with great understanding and respect.
It was with great nostalgia I read the book, partly because the Beijing described had more og less disappeared before I left in 2009, and partly because of the many good years I spent in Beijing.
What did you like best about this story?
The insight into the motives behind the actions of the characters, both villains and heroes.
Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances? How does this one compare?
As always an excellent performance, only marked down by a slight mispronunciation of the Chinese words, which isn't fair to mark him down by. :D
Any additional comments?
A great listen, especially if you miss Beijing as it used to be.
20 of 25 people found this review helpful
my first experience of the author's writing in an Asian setting. was dubious at first but got drawn into the plot and characters fairly soon.
even though the motivation behind the murders was obvious to me early on, I enjoyed watching the characters slowly catch on. already looking forward to the next book.
Has it all! Unique in setting and characterisation, a story with mystery, humour, romance, unexpected plot twists and great narration. Well worth it.