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Dim Sum Asylum

By: Rhys Ford
Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (315 ratings)

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Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it's a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that's running around Chinatown trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.

Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage - snarling dragons guarding C-Town's multiple gates and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can't trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn't want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.

While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown's dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku's back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart...even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they're sworn to bring down.

©2017 Rhys Ford (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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Haunting and delicious...can't wait for more!

What made the experience of listening to Dim Sum Asylum the most enjoyable?

Rhys Ford's amazing ability to turn a phrase. Not only are her character's engaging and sexy, even the city of San Francisco is a living, breathing entity that I fell in love with. Her sex scenes are so decadent and provocative I want to eat them with a spoon.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Roku MacCormick, he reminds me so much of Cole McGinnis. (A great series to grab next if you have not already read.) He is sarcastic, fatalistic, honorable, and sexy. I love the mixture of fae-irish toughness, chinatown street smarts, and the biggest heart of gold that make up the core of his character.

Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Greg Tremblay is amazing. I have over 25 books narrated by him in my audible library, so I think it is safe to say I consider him an excellent narrator. This book certainly ranks as one of his top performances.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed the moment Roku meets with his grandmother. It is a wonderful emotional turning point for Roku filled with foreshadowing, healing, and humor.

Any additional comments?

Rhys Ford is always worth a credit :)

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4.5 Stars!

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Note: Dim Sum Asylum was originally a short story Rhys Ford had in a Dreamspinner anthology that has been developed into a full length novel.

Set in San Francisco's Chinatown where dragons and Faerie are real and magic is prevalent, Dim Sum Asylum is told from the first person, single POV of Roku MacCormick, a half-Fae, Senior Inspector of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division.

As far as I remember, much of the original short story is included but has been completely fleshed out - especially the relationship between Roku and his new partner Trent.

I am in love with Greg Tremblay's narration for Dim Sum Asylum!

I loved the pacing of the story and narration - Tremblay brilliantly conveys the action and whirlwind events that occur keeping the listener engrossed from the first few moments until the very last surprise.

There really isn't a pause in the breakneck pace of the story, which could have felt too much, but is expertly progressed through the narration. I really feel like this is some of Rhys Ford's and Greg Tremblay's best work.

Tremblay does such an awesome job with character voices, timing, emotion...it's all so well done I know this will make its way into my auto-rotation for relistening.

All the loose ends are neatly tied up in the end but there is definitely enough to warrant more stories featuring Roku set in this world.

I for one hope Rhys Ford turns this into a new series and that Greg TTremblay narrates it!

Recommended!

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One of my favorite audiobooks!

I received a free copy of this audiobook to listen to and review for Wicked Reads.

Dim Sum Asylum is one of my favorite audiobooks, especially when I’m in the mood for fantasy. I have long been fascinated by the fae, so Rhys Ford had my complete attention with Roku’s human-faerie heritage. The cherry on top was that the audiobook was narrated by my favorite narrator, Greg Tremblay. How could I resist? I couldn’t. My mistake was in not writing up my review as soon as I finished listening to the book the first time. Yeah, you read that right, the first time. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve listened to Dim Sum Asylum over the past several months, hence its five-star rating.

“I hated running first thing in the morning.” Not only does Ford insure that I’ll love Roku right off the bat with this thought, but we’re dropped right into the middle of the action as the book begins with Roku chasing down a suspect who’s stolen a clutch of dragon eggs. A very valuable clutch of dragon eggs. And the thief is his partner on the force. The chase is exciting until Arnett demonstrates just how dirty of a cop he is and murders an innocent bystander in an attempt to escape. While the murder is tragic, Ford uses it as a way to show just how good of a man Roku is and why he works so hard to right the world’s wrongs instead of embracing his father’s Yakuza ties and stepping into the role his grandfather would like to groom him for. But that’s merely the tip of the iceberg in this novel as Roku has to train Trent, his new partner, keep his ghosts at bay, track down a magical serial killer, avoid his grandfather’s continued overtures to join the family’s criminal enterprises, resist the temptation of his new partner, and still get home in time to feed his cat, Bob – who I absolutely freaking adored, especially at the very end. Fortunately for me, Roku succeeds at the right tasks, fails at the tasks he needed to, and averages 50/50 on the cat (lol). One of the things I enjoy most about Dim Sum Asylum is that even after repeated listens, I realized that Ford doesn’t telegraph who the serial killer is. The reader or listener isn’t meant to “solve” the case before Roku and Trent do, they’re meant to enjoy the ride – and I do every single time I cue it up.

For me, this is possibly one of my favorite performances by Greg Tremblay. Between the Asian accents, the Scottish accents, and the American accents – both male and female – Ford certainly kept him busy and Tremblay demonstrates that he was up for the challenge. Roku is such an emotive character and the narration clearly conveys his frustration, irritation, sadness, grief, happiness, attraction, and most importantly, his determination. There’s a scene in the book where Roku is talking things out with the morgue tech and I felt like I could actually hear the gears grinding in his head and see him pacing the room as he reasons through what they know, attempting to connect the dots back to the killer. Once again, Tremblay has impressed me with his ability to breathe life into an author’s words, bringing Ford’s world and characters to life in such a way that I get lost in the story, forgetting for several hours that dragons and faeries and magic aren’t real – at least, not in my world. Thank goodness for re-listens, so I can return to Dim Sum Asylum anytime I want.

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Would Like More!

The author creates interesting and rich characters and the narrator brings them to life as always. The full background and developed characters scream for additional stories featuring Roky and Trent.

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A valiant effort

Greg Tremblay made a valiant effort with the pronunciations and accents in this. I still had a few cringe moments and a few moments trying to decipher what Japanese word he just said, but I really tried. I think the issue with the Japanese was that he was trying to pronounce the words/vowels like he would for Chinese. The vowels were too short and staccato. Also someone should have told him Japanese vowels sound like Spanish vowels.

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Great read!

This book has pitch perfect pacing with great world building woven through the narrative. The elements come together to form a cohesive package that shouldn't be missed. Greg Tremblay's performance is outstanding as well with fantastic Japanese accents to help immersion. This was my first foray into Rhys Ford's work and I didn't know what to expect going in. But now I feel I can trust this author to make it a memorable journey no matter what path we happen to travel. I'm looking forward to find out what happens next for Roku!

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Great story, great narrator

The writing is beautiful, very visual and I could see the San Francisco the author described. Loved seeing the relationship between Roku and Trent develop and the mystery was compelling. To say Greg Tremblay's narration was good is an understatement. He makes a good story great and a great story fantastic!

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strike out for magic wannbe

first I have to say that the reader really tried his best to make this otherwise dull and drawn out book into something. there is a hint of a decent story here but it is very difficult to follow as the main character constantly has conversations with himself. what might have been a good short story is a not so good long one. I would recommend her other books but not this one.

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Very entertaining

I'm impressed by the world building and the narrator's ability to pronounce many of the China Town cultural references. I had to go to Google more than once to discover what different phrases and foods were. I've listened to the story on my own and again with my husband in the car; it was enjoyable both times.

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Could be series. Fun read.. Interesting universe.

If alternate universes are a reality - - it would be a even a more interesting SF China Town! - - interesting walking the real streets of SF while listening to the story ... Good character development...

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  • MaryD
  • 10-20-17

Fantastic Fantasy

Such a perfect flight of fantasy with a lovely mix of murder mystery. Terrific story. Greg Tremblay has me lost for words. I can’t explain how perfect his narration was for me. He drew me into this story and I didn’t want to leave.

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  • Geraldine
  • 07-25-17

Wonderful combination of Rhys Ford & Greg Tremblay

Would you listen to Dim Sum Asylum again? Why?

Yes, I loved the story, and Greg Tremblay breathes life into the characters, just as with the fantastic Cole McGuiness series. A winning combination every time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dim Sum Asylum?

I loved it all, but some parts are funny, whilst the assassin fairy at the start, that's really chilling, and Greg Tremblay communicates the threat, the potential for real violence, the underlying menace.

Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I think he does a brilliant job, he's great with the Asian accents which make the stories so believable

Any additional comments?

Great read, great listen. Worth your money or a credit.

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  • Book addict
  • 08-30-19

Ok - Kai Gracen by this author is much better though

I’ve just listened to the more recent series by this author, Kai Gracen, and absolutely loved it. I wanted to give more books by this author a go so thought I’d try this one as it is based on a similar type of world. However, this book seems like it was the author’s first go and they learned from the writing experience, and refined it, which is what made the Kai Gracen books so much better. I’d recommend potential readers skip this book and just get that series instead.