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Dim Sum Asylum Audiobook

Dim Sum Asylum

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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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    danielle 08-02-17
    danielle 08-02-17 Member Since 2012
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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 :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Belen 08-10-17
    Belen 08-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "4.5 Stars!"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    S Wilgus 10-11-17
    S Wilgus 10-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Totally 5 stars"

    I had never heard anything by Rhys Ford before and this was GREAT. I loved the story, it was interesting and well crafted. I loved Roku and Trent. I hope there will be more stories from the arcane division of the SFPD. Greg Tremblay did a stellar job of narration and brought the characters and all the different accents to life. Well worth your time and well worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miareadsbooks Melbourne, Australia 09-21-17
    Miareadsbooks Melbourne, Australia 09-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Rhys Ford & Greg Tremblay equal perfection"

    I'll admit to being a total Fordophile - if Rhys rewrote the phonebook, I'd read it. Combine her powers of awesomeness with Greg Tremblay's narrative genuis and you have a total eargasm! I already loved the book so it was always a given I'd enjoy the audio version. It goes without saying that I FLOVED this. The pace was perfect, accents did not grate or feel forced, and Greg's choice of vocal chatacterisation for each character worked perfectly. I'll definitely be going back for a relisten or ten. A definite 5 stars for me

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    Morgan A Skye 09-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great world building, funny, exciting"

    While we’ve reviewed this book on the site before, I feel that – with the listening – I wanted to amend some things.

    First, as was said before – this is another great example of how Rhys Ford has a crazy wonderful imagination and an absolutely awe-inspiring talent for description.

    She has created a fully developed, intricate and unique new world here and manages to give the reader/listener the set up without an “info dump”. This is a rare and wonderful gift.

    Rhys is also amazing at metaphors and descriptions that make the reader/listener hear, feel, smell, taste and touch the story she is creating. I can think of few writers who match her in this skill.

    What I didn’t focus on as I was reading it – and that is the magic of audiobooks – they really can change your impression of a story – is how DARK it is. Every day it rained, every day poor Roku got injured again and again – every day we were reminded of the death and destruction in Roku’s world.

    The other part I didn’t quite “see” when I was reading this was how little the relationship between Roku and Trent really develops – even by the end.

    I guess, when I was reading this, I must have skimmed all the violence and focused on the very cute and funny relationship parts and my brain gave them more weight. Upon re-visiting this, the main story is really about Roku and his struggles in the world and his relationship with Trent is a small part of this.

    If this were to be expanded to a series I could see the relationship deepening and becoming more of a “thing” but as it stands I think I’d call this Romantic Fiction more than a romance – because the mystery and the main character development supersede the romance - IMHO.

    It was still an amazing story that absolutely enthralls the reader/listener – but it wasn’t as romantic as I’d remembered.


    Audio

    Greg and Rhys are a powerhouse team and he was absolutely the best choice for this narration! He’s got all those Chinese and Japanese words down and they flow effortlessly off his tongue. I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t Rhys’ other series – Cole McGinnis – because Trent reminded me so much of Bobby – both in voice and characterization! In a way this is kind of a paranormal Cole McGinnis – and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all!

    In any case, this was an amazing way to experience this fantastic story and highly recommended to fans of the author, urban fantasy and romantic crime stories.

    4.5 of 5 stars

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    Esra Caglayan Seattle, WA 09-01-17
    Esra Caglayan Seattle, WA 09-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A balanced book with a great narrator"

    The book on its own was fun to listen to. It never dragged on and it always felt balanced between the case and the magic and the romance. The narration was very well done with the narrator being able to do a Chinese accent, a Japanese accent and an Irish accent that were all believeable as well as pronounce Chinese words believably.

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    Amazon Customer 08-14-17 Member Since 2005
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    "mystery and love."

    As usual I really enjoyed this story, The combination of Rhys Ford's imagination and Greg Tremblay's narration wins every time.

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    BR 08-09-17
    BR 08-09-17 Member Since 2013
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    "For Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay fans"

    Rhys Ford mixes magic, police, San Francisco, crime families and m/m romance in a fast paced book. Detective Roku gets a new partner and a bizarre new mystery full of magical creatures on the same day. The investigation takes them into the dark corners of Chinatown with complications added by Roku's crime lord grandfather. The two detectives bond slowly and the romance is pretty low key but satisfying. Roku has a lot of charm and a lot of personal baggage. Rhys Ford is always a fun read and her partnership with narrator Greg Tremblay continues to produce great audiobooks. He is a favorite of mine and he does his usual stellar narration with unique voices, great accents and an emphatic (but not overdone) reading. All and all another win for Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay.

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    Lulu Miami 08-06-17
    Lulu Miami 08-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Eh"
    What made the experience of listening to Dim Sum Asylum the most enjoyable?

    Greg bless him is amazing. Always great no matter what he reads. I didn't like the story much though


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting is the fantasy world. Which lead to least interesting because I don't think all these creatures were important. We spent half the time exploring asian food.


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

    I did. He brings the story to life (did his best here but I was bored with the story itself)


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

    The end. I was glad to reach the end. I almost ditched the book a few times. Sorry


    Any additional comments?

    There is a story there, even romance but was lost in the world building. I lost interest real fast.

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    Cynthia Lewis Petersburg nj 08-04-17
    Cynthia Lewis Petersburg nj 08-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome"

    what can i say? i love listening to Greg Trembley narrate! i love Rhys Fords books! the Character's are awesome and the storys are great!

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  • Mary
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    10/20/17
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    "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
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    7/25/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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