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House of Eight Orchids Audiobook

House of Eight Orchids

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Publisher's Summary

In 1912, John Wade and his brother, William - children of the American consul - were kidnapped off the street in Chungking, China, and raised in the house of Eunuch Chang, the city's master criminal. Twenty-five years later, John is the eunuch's most valuable ward, a trained assassin and swindler, and William has become a talented forger.

On the brink of World War II, China is in chaos. When William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes to central China, a place of ferocious warlords and bandits, John begins a desperate search to save his brother, while Eunuch Chang hunts them both.

©2016 James Thayer (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Judy M. Kennard Houston, TX USA 07-19-16
    Judy M. Kennard Houston, TX USA 07-19-16 Member Since 2016

    still learning

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    "What a ride!"

    Listening to this story reminded me of being read to by Mrs. Little, my 5th grade teacher. I was mesmerized. The story was set in China and had a cast of characters that boggles the mind. The plot raced along at break-neck speed and it was hard to shut it off. I was sorry when it was over. Have a listen and be transported to another time and place and feel like a kid again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love the story!"

    the storyline was catching. the narrator was awesine and kept me interested wanting to read more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 07-17-16
    Andrew Stone San Diego 07-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good."
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    Very good tale.
    Style of reader fits the book very well.
    I would like to listen to more books from this author.

    Books kinda like this book that listeners might also like are:

    Shibumi
    Satori
    The Power of One. ^This books is a favorite of mine
    Brother Fish
    Gai-Jin
    Shogun
    A Clean Kill in Tokyo: John Rain, Book 1
    The Cleaner
    The Lion's Game
    Beat the Reaper
    The Butcher's Boy
    The Hunter (Victor the Assassin #1)
    Sharpe's Tiger
    Dead I may well be
    Rules of Prey
    The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time ^This books is a favorite of mine
    The Name of the Wind ^This books is a favorite of mine

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Mcbee 07-18-16
    Janet Mcbee 07-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thanks for remembering the dog"

    The story was good but I got lost with so much details about all the blood and guts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-31-16
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-31-16 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Tremendous Thriller"

    Fans of James Clavelle's Asian series will love this novel. Different from Clavelle, Thayer skips much of the background and jumps right into his tale. He has a gift for character building, a very good thing since we miss a major element of the story, the kidnapping of the hero as a five year old some 25 years before.

    Set in China just after the Great War, we are exposed to the mysterious cultures of China. The Japanese have begun their brutal conquest of China and the American presence is more as observers. Against this back drop is a story of betrayal, warlords, gangsters and thieves. The action is riveting.

    This is really a 4.5, the only drawback being that I probably won't listen again. Boy am I glad I listened once!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robeoutrt S Kashman 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Like going to the movies"

    I fully enjoyed listening to this book. The story held my interest and I was very pleased with the performance. I have been reading my books i with the Kindle and really was able to see the books story as it was really sad to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Petereson Salt Lake City, UT 07-17-16
    B. Petereson Salt Lake City, UT 07-17-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved listening to the is book"

    I highly recommend this audiobook. The narration was excellent. The story was full of adventure. The setting, China preWWW II, was interesting. The ending was completely satisfying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen 07-18-16
    Maureen 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully written and narrated"

    I highly recommend this novel. I'm going to start a journey through his remaining books and hope they live up to House of Eight Orchids.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Milwaukee, WI, United States 07-17-16
    Richard Milwaukee, WI, United States 07-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow!"

    I cannot think of a single thing about this book that was not absolutely perfect. I listened without stopping through the entire book and loved every minute.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Schultz 07-26-16
    Lia Schultz 07-26-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book"

    I loved everything about this book. Chinese life was described brilliantly. Narrator just became my favorite

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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