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Chinese Communist Espionage

By: Peter Mattis,Matthew Brazil
Narrated by: David de Vries
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Publisher's Summary

This is the first work of its kind to employ hundreds of Chinese sources to explain the history and current state of Chinese Communist intelligence operations. It profiles the leaders, top spies, and important operations in the history of China's espionage organs and links to an extensive online glossary of Chinese language intelligence and security terms. Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil present an unprecedented look into the murky world of Chinese espionage both past and present, enabling a better understanding of how pervasive and important its influence is, both in China and abroad.

©2019 Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil (P)2020 Tantor
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Unrelenting Mangled Chinese Listening Unbearable

One would think that if you're writing a book targeting people working in or with China, you would find a narrator who understands at least the basics of Chinese Pinyin pronunciation. They even mention that they have included all the Chinese terms in their Chinese AND Pinyin forms in the book as well as having a downloadable glossary. The glossary is not full Pinyin - all tone markers are missing and the faux Chinese accent used to render Chinese names, place names, organisations and key events is cringeworthy at the least and may even cross the line of offensive. Never before have I heard a foreign language mangled with such certainty.

Whoever did the voice casting for this should probably reconsider some of their life choices and consider shifting careers. Perhaps American hubris thinking that near enough is good enough when it comes to 'foreign stuff'.

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Terrible Reading - Unfit for Audiobook

Chinese pronunciation is so bad it critically detracts from the content. Material is dry, so it's not your typical audio book. Adding on top the terrible reading makes it even worse.

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Factual useful digestible

it's fine to read parts out of sequence and jump back and forth. A good companion to any history of communist china or biography of CCP figures.

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CCP Espionage Explained

Memorable explanation of CCP Espionage and Counter espionage organs with a detailed historical background as it relates to techniques and intent. Short but detailed vignettes outlining criminally prosecuted cases.

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Best as a hard copy

lots of facts and figures but lacking the narrative. Very useful as a reference but better in text form.

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The big takeaway is the extent of espionage engaged by China against the entire world!

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Excellent reference guide.

High overall marks for scholarship. Otherwise not particularly riveting, and the narration is pretty rough.

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More like an encyclopedia than anything

Would recommend the economic chapter and the last summary chapter. Everything else reads more like encyclopedia entries.

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Good reference book - not a compelling story to listen to.

I’m sure in written format this is a fantastic compilation of Chinese intelligence agents and operations. However, the dry format and almost mechanical style makes it a very difficult audiobook to go through.