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Doctor Siri Paiboun
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  • 1

    The Coroners Lunch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
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    Laos, 1972. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but 72-year-old Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor, remains and is appointed state coroner. When three bodies are recovered from a reservoir, Dr.Siri establishes the cause of death was not drowning - they seem to have been electrocuted. And then there is the inexplicable death of a Party bigwig's wife at a banquet. Dr.Siri doesn't think her death was from natural causes.

    Mike Murphy says: "Original, exotic but convincing crime story"
    Original, exotic but convincing crime story

    A friend recommended "The Coroner's Lunch" as the start of a series I might be interested in. I'm glad she did, otherwise the idea of a 72 year old co..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 08 2013 by Mike Murphy (Switzerland)
  • 2

    Thirty-Three Teeth: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    Feisty Dr. Siri Paiboun is no respecter of persons or party; at his age he feels he can afford to be independent. In this, the second novel in the series, he travels to Luang Prabang, where he communes with the deposed king who is resigned to his fate: it was predicted long ago. And he attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist Party to deliver an ultimatum to the spirits: obey party orders or get out.

    Cynthia says: "Quincy, ME in Laos"
    Quincy, ME in Laos

    From 1976 to 1983, Jack Klugman ruled a fictional Los Angeles County Coroner's Office as Chief Medical Examiner Quincy in the series "Quincy M. E." ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 17 2014 by Cynthia (Monrovia, California, United States)
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    Thirty-Three Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
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    Against all his expectations, Dr Siri Paiboun has rather enjoyed his first five months in office. Now, as hot-season nights close in, Siri is spirited away from Laos' steamy capital on a Matter of National Security. Arriving in Luang Prabang, he's a busy man, examining carbonized corpses, dining with the deposed king, attending a shamans' conference and being rescued by the ghost of an elephant. Not that Siri's complaining … Luang Prabang is in mountains and a good fifteen degrees cooler.

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  • 3

    Disco for the Departed: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Dr. Siri Paiboun is summoned to the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current communist government hid in caves, waiting to assume power. Now a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, but an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk laid from the president’s former cave hideout to his new house beneath the cliffs. Siri must supervise the disinterment of the body attached to the arm, identify it, and determine the cause of death.

    Zette says: "Funny and full of fascinating details"
    Funny and full of fascinating details

    I really enjoy the mixture of medical detail, shamanism, political information and vivid characters. I have now read three of the series and am putti..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 07 2012 by Zette (NEW YORK, NY, United States)
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    Disco for the Departed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
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    Story
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    Dr Siri Paiboun may be in his 73rd year, but he’s still as sturdy as a jungle boar – and as crafty as one. Reluctant coroner to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he’s been despatched to the country’s mountainous north, where the sudden appearance of a mummified arm protruding from a concrete path laid in front of the president’s new mansion has caused an understandable degree of embarrassment.

    Candace Russell says: "Fresh, lively, completely unique"
    Fresh, lively, completely unique

    I'm SO looking forward to adding more of these gems to my audio library. Something interesting was always happening, and the sense of humor really ap..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 30 2011 by Candace Russell (Phoenix, AZ United States)
  • 4

    Anarchy and Old Dogs: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    An elderly man has been run down by a logging truck on the street in Vientiane just opposite the post office. His body is delivered to the morgue of Dr. Siri Paiboun, the official and only coroner of Laos. At the age of 73, Siri is too old to be in awe of the new communist bureaucrats for whom he now works. Before he can identify the corpse, he must decipher a letter in the man’s pocket—it is written in invisible ink and in code.

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    Anarchy and Old Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
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    When a blind, retired dentist is run down by a logging truck as he crosses the road to post a letter, Dr Siri Paiboun, official and only coroner of Laos, finds him faced with his most explosive case yet. The dentist’s mortal remains aren’t nearly as intriguing as the letter in his pocket. Written in invisible ink and encrypted, the letter presents Dr Siri with an irresistible challenge.

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  • 5

    Curse of the Pogo Stick: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    In Vientiane, Laos, a booby-trapped corpse intended for Dr. Siri, the national coroner, has been delivered to the morgue. In his absence, only Nurse Dtui’s intervention saves the lives of the morgue attendants, visiting doctors, and Madame Daeng, Dr. Siri’s fiancée.

    fanny says: "Interesting characters and great humor"
    Interesting characters and great humor

    High

    Reviewed on December 05 2011 by fanny (New Westminster, BC, Canada)
  • 9

    The Woman Who Wouldn't Die: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
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    In a small Lao village, a very strange thing has happened. A woman was shot and killed in her bed during a burglary; she was given a funeral and everyone in the village saw her body burned. Then, three days later, she was back in her house as if she'd never been dead at all. But now she's clairvoyant and can speak to the dead. That's why the long-dead brother of a Lao general has enlisted her to help his brother uncover his remains, which have been lost at the bottom of a river for many years.

    nybiblio says: "Another great Dr. Siri story"
    Another great Dr. Siri story

    Worth the time.

    Reviewed on July 15 2014 by nybiblio ()
  • 6

    The Merry Misogynist: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    In 1978 in poverty-stricken Laos, a man from the city with a truck was somebody—a catch for even the prettiest village virgin. The corpse of one of these bucolic beauties turns up in Dr. Siri’s morgue, and his curiosity is piqued. The victim was tied to a tree and strangled, but she had not, as the doctor had expected, been raped. And though the victim had smooth, pale skin over most of her body, her hands and feet were gnarled, callused, and blistered.

    Christine says: "Too far fetched."
    Too far fetched.

    The beginning was fairly interesting but the end was a complete let down and unbelievable.

    Reviewed on June 27 2012 by Christine (Alpharetta, GA, United States)
  • 7

    Love Songs from a Shallow Grave: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (40)

    Three young Laotian women have died from fencingsword wounds. Each of them had studied abroad in an Eastern bloc country. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an allexpensespaid trip. Accused of spying for the Vietnamese, he is imprisoned, beaten, and threatened with death. The Khmer Rouge is relentless, and it is touch and go for the dauntless, 74-year-old national—and only—coroner of Laos.

    Deborah Dalton says: "Horrible Narration, engrosing story"
    Horrible Narration, engrosing story

    The flat, almost expressionless narration of this book caused me to take months to finish listening to it. I liked the story and the characters but t..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 19 2014 by Deborah Dalton (Alexandria, VA, United States)
  • 8

    Slash and Burn: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
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    Dr. Siri might finally be allowed to retire (again). Although he loves his two morgue assistants, he’s tired of being Laos’ national coroner - a job he never wanted in the first place. Plus, he’s pushing 80 and wants to spend some time with his wife before his untimely death, which has been predicted by the local transvestite fortune teller. But retirement is not in the cards for Dr. Siri after all. He’s dragged into one last job for the Lao government: supervising an excavation for the remains of a US fighter pilot....

    Suzanne says: "This Series Hasn't Become Repetitive or Tired"
    This Series Hasn't Become Repetitive or Tired

    Cotterill has created intriguing and original characters, set them in 1970s Laos, and given them fresh and fascinating stories. Slash and Burn is the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 12 2012 by Suzanne (West End, NC, United States)