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Fortune Cookie | [Bryce Courtenay]

Fortune Cookie

It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.
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Publisher's Summary

It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and a promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different, one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

Under the veneer of the commercial world lie some shocking truths - of people smuggling, drug trafficking, and murder. And Mercy B. Lord, the woman Simon falls for, is caught up in it. From wartime Asian comfort houses to CIA spy rings, Bryce Courtenay takes us on a thrilling journey with a great love story at its heart.

©2010 Bryce Courtenay; ©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    nancy SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 06-04-12
    nancy SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2009

    I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from epics to mysteries, some fantasy, and even better written chick lit. NO bodice rippers please!

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    "fascinating Chinese culture"
    Would you listen to Fortune Cookie again? Why?

    I love learning about the Chinese culture of the time and how entertaining Bryce and his team of researchers make the story. I don't often listen or read books twice but this will stay in my library...who knows maybe I will.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Chairmen Mao", she reminds me of so many matriarchs I have met


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    Maura 01-04-12
    Maura 01-04-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Believable convergence of cultures"
    Where does Fortune Cookie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high- top 5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fortune Cookie?

    Revealing Mercy from behind the screen at the presentation for the painting and the links made by Chairman Mao to the original dream.


    If you could take any character from Fortune Cookie out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Chairman Mao to get business tips!


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    Margaret Hensley 12-24-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great twists and turns and all unexpected.


    What about Humphrey Bower???s performance did you like?

    He reads with a seemingly personal emotion and involvement in the lives of the characters. I have enjoyed all his other narrations as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Pretoria, South Africa 03-22-11
    Derek Pretoria, South Africa 03-22-11 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fortune Cookie"

    Once again Bryce Courtenay does it. A well researched, attention grabbing book expertly read by Humphrey Bower. Mr Bower turns a 4star book into 5 star listening.

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    TopCat 09-21-13
    TopCat 09-21-13
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    "Second Courtenay Disapointment"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm no writer so I can't say. Too many long stretches of boredom!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Paris, A Novel


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Humphrey Bower is the only reason this book gets a three star rating. He is consistently excellent and I will try a book he reads even if I am not familiar with the author.


    Was Fortune Cookie worth the listening time?

    No, Unlike other Courtnay books, except Fishing for Stars, I went through several chapters at time and a half speed or skipping whole chapters. I have about two hours to complete and am hoping for some saving grace.


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    Armando Raleigh, NC 08-20-12
    Armando Raleigh, NC 08-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "interesting but a repeat of previous books"
    If you could sum up Fortune Cookie in three words, what would they be?

    a repeat of the story where one character (male or female) with lots of money , gets together with another character (opposite sex to the first) with no money but very intelligent, mixed with a romance where the male character stands for a lot of bad treatment from the female

    humprey bower's performance saves the book even if it is a repeat


    Would you recommend Fortune Cookie to your friends? Why or why not?

    if you have the persimon tree don't buy this, the persimon tree is better maybe because I heard it first


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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