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  • The Foreigner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Francie Lin
    • Narrated By James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Emerson Chang is a mild mannered bachelor on the cusp of 40, a financial analyst in a neatly pressed suit, a child of Taiwanese immigrants who doesn't speak a word of Chinese, and, well, a virgin. His only real family is his mother, whose subtle manipulations have kept him close, all in the name of preserving an obscure idea of family and culture. But when his mother suddenly dies, Emerson sets out for Taipei to scatter her ashes, and to convey a surprising inheritance to his younger brother, Little P.

    Diana Haynes says: "I Beg to Differ"
    "First review I have written on an Audible product"
    Overall

    I bought this title partly seeing the average rating of three stars, and it was a mistake. Ms. Lin seems a good writer; this is not a good read. The very high quality of James Chen's narration only boldfaces the problem and helped to prolong my frustration. The problem is the unalterably bumbling actions of the protagonist. On his best day, the protagonist is pure dolt. Not innocent or naive. Just plumb dumb. It adds up to a level of reader interest akin to watching a goldfish bumping its head against the side of the bowl. For hours. And hours. Had me doing the same. Maybe that's a reason to get the book; not sure I can recall a character this unnerving. An Edgar? Maybe they know something I do not. So two stars.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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