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Eva Gatsby has often wondered about her grandfather Lawrence's past, and exactly what happened to him in Burma during the Second World War.

But it is only when Eva's job as an antiques dealer suddenly requires a trip to Mandalay that Lawrence finally breaks his silence and asks her to return a mysterious artefact of his own - a chinthe - to its rightful owner. As Eva arrives in Burma her mission soon proves dangerously complicated, and the treasure she is guarding becomes the centre of a scandal that will have far-reaching consequences. Caught between loyalty and integrity, Eva is determined to find the truth about her grandfather's past, of her own family origins, and of the red-eyed chinthe itself - enigmatic symbol of the riches of Mandalay.

©2014 Rosanna Ley (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd

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  • suet
  • 07-07-14

Magical East

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Brilliant story, beautifully written and narrated. I have read another two of Rosanna Ley's books and enjoyed them but this is definitely the best.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the story moved from one decade to another with such ease and the twists and turns in the adventure.

What about Sandra Duncan and Gareth Armstrong ’s performance did you like?

Both narrated extremely well with such feeling fort their characters.

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

Yes, but to pinpoint it would give too much away about the plot!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • anthony
  • 10-15-16

Good story - great narration

What did you like about this audiobook?

Straightforward story bought alive by great narration

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I've an interest in Burma and this has piqued it further

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing ! Great performances, quality characters - change of narrator at points was a little confusing

Do you have any additional comments?

Ms Duncan yet again demonstrated great range of characters, excellent pronunciation, timing and pace

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jenny
  • 02-23-16

Heartwarming Story!

A heartwarming story beautifully read taking the reader on a journey back in time.

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  • sdk
  • 01-22-16

Beautiful novel

Return to Mandalay is a wonderful and touching love story in the past and present, connecting families in a special way. It touches some history on Myanmar which sometimes gave me the feeling I wanted to go there.
It is a story about love, loss, promises, jealousy, coping, faith and hope.

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  • Kathy
  • 03-26-17

Disappointing

I've listened to several of Rosanna Ley' books now, and have usually enjoyed the stories, the characters and the atmosphere/scene-setting the author creates. However I found this one less appealing in all these respects, which was a shame as I thought I'd enjoy hearing of the exotic and unusual location of Myanmar.
Possibly the rather 'clipped' accent of the main narrator had something to do with it.

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  • P. S. Young
  • 03-22-15

Didn't do it for me

What disappointed you about Return to Mandalay?

I bought this because I thought it was a thriller/mystery but it turned out to be more chick lit. Predictable, cliched, unimaginative, writing, what you might expect of romantic fiction. Might suit people who like that genre, but didn't do it for me.

What will your next listen be?

Something better written.

Would you be willing to try another one of Sandra Duncan and Gareth Armstrong ’s performances?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I found the reading dreary - the heroine came across as limp and wet, and the male charecters stereotypical andtwo-dimensional.

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  • tina
  • 09-24-17

Gentle and interesting

I found this book warming to the ears. The characters, storyline and voices were easy to get embroiled in.
Would recommend.

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  • Chris Key
  • 07-19-17

Very slow plot and unimaginative language.

A very laboured plot and it feels like pointless language and sentences added to extend the length of the story.

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