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I Shot the Buddha Audiobook

I Shot the Buddha

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Publisher's Summary

A fiendishly clever mystery in which Dr. Siri and his friends investigate three interlocking murders -and the ungodly motives behind them.

Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator: a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can't turn down the adventure, and soon he and his friends find themselves running afoul of Lao secret service officers and famous spiritualists. Buddhism is a powerful influence on both morals and politics in Southeast Asia. In order to exonerate an innocent man, they will have to figure out who is cloaking terrible misdeeds in religiosity.

©2016 Colin Cotterill (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    Rena Silver Spring, MD 08-07-16
    Rena Silver Spring, MD 08-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I am a big fan"

    This series is one of my favorites. Bizarre, funny, and informative about Southeast Asian history culture and politics. Please keep them coming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Al Ain, UAE 10-20-16
    Penny Al Ain, UAE 10-20-16
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    "One of the very best series!"

    One of the best detective series today! I just wish they would make it into a television series. The characters are all perfectly done and the story has elements of surprise and sometimes , whimsy, that are alway interesting. With so many seniors active today, I think this series would play well. Yeah for dr salee and dame! Please keep amazing us in all your adventures!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 10-02-16
    Dave 10-02-16
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    "Please end the story."

    Loved the story; love all of the Thai and Laos series. No ending here, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Patty 02-19-17
    Ms. Patty 02-19-17
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    "It's complicated"

    This book is a bit of history, a bit of geography, quite a bit of fantasy/magic/dreams, a bit of mystery, lots of characters with multiple names and titles and a bit of humor. I liked it but was confused by it. Y'all judge for yourselves.

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    Proud Palisadian 02-08-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Light and Fanciful Story"
    Any additional comments?

    Initially, I found it hard to follow the story -- I think I listened to the first three chapters at least twice. But once I realized that it was all pretty far out on the fanciful side of life, I settled in and enjoyed listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate 01-19-17
    Kate 01-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok but not as good as The Coroner's Lunch"

    I listened to The Coroner's Lunch first, which I quite enjoyed, and which is earlier in the series. This is alright and has some great insights and funny moments, but the plot is at times confusing with various monks in story, takes some effort to keep them straight and I got lost somewhere along the way. I would gladly listen to another book in this series, and I would probably enjoy it.

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    patricia 01-10-17
    patricia 01-10-17
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    "Not for me"

    I was disappointed. I could not connect that well with the characters. The plot was a bit scattered and there was too much mysticism as well. The narrator has a wonderful voice but a few of the key the character's voices were too similar. I felt I wasted time on this book I am sorry to say.

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    C in VA 01-04-17
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    "great series"

    l have learned a lot about Loas and enjoyed a good story. I would recommend it highly.

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    Rose Marie Holt Nampa, ID USA 11-28-16
    Rose Marie Holt Nampa, ID USA 11-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The next Dr Siri book"

    What can I say - they just keep getting better.

    We finally get to go to Thailand. Dr Siri has religion-based adventures.

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    JLM Oakland, CA, United States 11-25-16
    JLM Oakland, CA, United States 11-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as earlier works"

    This book seemed a little overly complicated and not quite as well done as his other earlier works in this series.

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  • chris
    11/13/16
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    "Awful narration had to stop listening."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    As usual Colin Cotterill seemed to have written a good yarn but it was totally ruined by the narration which was abysmal. It was stilted, toneless, humourless and totally inappropriate for the book. Had to stop listening and buy the book instead.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should have been chosen more carefully and should have an understanding of the humour in the book - it seemed to pass him by.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with this audio version - buy the book and enjoy the characters and some fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
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    "Wrong person reading"

    Unfortunately Clive Chafers is the wrong person to narrate this book - he mispronounces the characters names - particularly the main character, and it spoils the enjoyment of the book. The reading reminded me of amateur dramatics rather than a professional reader.
    It was his narration that ruined the last book for me too whereas the first few books were marvellous with different narrators and a very different approach to the reading.
    Disappointing to say the least.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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