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House of Eight Orchids Audiobook

House of Eight Orchids

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Publisher's Summary

In 1912, John Wade and his brother, William - children of the American consul - were kidnapped off the street in Chungking, China, and raised in the house of Eunuch Chang, the city's master criminal. Twenty-five years later, John is the eunuch's most valuable ward, a trained assassin and swindler, and William has become a talented forger.

On the brink of World War II, China is in chaos. When William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes to central China, a place of ferocious warlords and bandits, John begins a desperate search to save his brother, while Eunuch Chang hunts them both.

©2016 James Thayer (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    JudyK Houston, TX USA 07-19-16
    JudyK Houston, TX USA 07-19-16 Listener Since 2002
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    "What a ride!"

    Listening to this story reminded me of being read to by Mrs. Little, my 5th grade teacher. I was mesmerized. The story was set in China and had a cast of characters that boggles the mind. The plot raced along at break-neck speed and it was hard to shut it off. I was sorry when it was over. Have a listen and be transported to another time and place and feel like a kid again.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Mcbee 07-18-16
    Janet Mcbee 07-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thanks for remembering the dog"

    The story was good but I got lost with so much details about all the blood and guts.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 09-14-17
    shelley Raleigh, NC 09-14-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but not what I was expecting..."

    I almost don't know where to begin. I enjoyed this book but it sure was not what I expected it to be.
    I expected a high tension lots of action kind of book. What this is is a book about a grown man who along with his brother was kidnapped in China when he was a 5 year old child, his brother was 2. They were then raised by their abductor as his sons, a man who dealt with the seedier side of life in Chunking. He learned to be an assassin and his brother a forger. About the time the protagonist (John) turned 29 he became disillusioned with his "adopted " father and tries to escape but of course things go very wrong. The remainder of this book deals with him trying to rescue his brother and retribution against the man who stole him and then raised him as his own into a life without morals which he realizes are is not what he wants and that he actually has an innate sense of ethics that he would like to explore.
    The fact that it takes place during WWI almost has no bearing on the story except that in a few instances different members of the military help him after he has proven himself not to be a threat to them. However when reading it it almost sounds timeless and any date or assistance could have been used.
    This book is well written and moves along at a good pace but high action it's not.
    Will Damron does a great job narrating. I would definitely listen to other books narrated by him.
    I purchased this book on sale for $4.95 and if you read this review while it is still on sale I would HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you purchase this. However I do think it is also good enough to be worth a credit.
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    Thank You.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 07-17-16
    Andrew Stone San Diego 07-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good."
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    Very good tale.
    Style of reader fits the book very well.
    I would like to listen to more books from this author.

    Books kinda like this book that listeners might also like are:

    Shibumi
    Satori
    The Power of One. ^This books is a favorite of mine
    Brother Fish
    Gai-Jin
    Shogun
    A Clean Kill in Tokyo: John Rain, Book 1
    The Cleaner
    The Lion's Game
    Beat the Reaper
    The Butcher's Boy
    The Hunter (Victor the Assassin #1)
    Sharpe's Tiger
    Dead I may well be
    Rules of Prey
    The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time ^This books is a favorite of mine
    The Name of the Wind ^This books is a favorite of mine

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-21-16
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    "love the story!"

    the storyline was catching. the narrator was awesine and kept me interested wanting to read more.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-31-16
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tremendous Thriller"

    Fans of James Clavelle's Asian series will love this novel. Different from Clavelle, Thayer skips much of the background and jumps right into his tale. He has a gift for character building, a very good thing since we miss a major element of the story, the kidnapping of the hero as a five year old some 25 years before.

    Set in China just after the Great War, we are exposed to the mysterious cultures of China. The Japanese have begun their brutal conquest of China and the American presence is more as observers. Against this back drop is a story of betrayal, warlords, gangsters and thieves. The action is riveting.

    This is really a 4.5, the only drawback being that I probably won't listen again. Boy am I glad I listened once!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    R.K. 07-21-16
    R.K. 07-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Like going to the movies"

    I fully enjoyed listening to this book. The story held my interest and I was very pleased with the performance. I have been reading my books i with the Kindle and really was able to see the books story as it was really sad to me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 08-01-16
    Bonny 08-01-16
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    "Needed editing!"

    I quit this about 2 hours from the end. The story premise is interesting and the writing is good, but it desperately needed editing. The second half of the book just goes around in circles, with the same things happening over and over, dressed in different clothing. The historical aspect is engaging, the characters are good, but the action was increasingly hard to believe.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Klm1 07-24-16
    Klm1 07-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Started slow then picked up speed!"

    I really enjoyed this book after about the first 2 hours. I honestly thought it started very slow, so much so I almost gave up. However, once it started I couldn't put it down. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a multi character book with a good amount of action. I also would have to say a more patient person. If you are a reader who won't finish a book of it doesn't hook you in the first chapter then I would pass on this book. Overall I really did enjoy it and am glad I stuck with it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B. Petereson Salt Lake City, UT 07-17-16
    B. Petereson Salt Lake City, UT 07-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved listening to the is book"

    I highly recommend this audiobook. The narration was excellent. The story was full of adventure. The setting, China preWWW II, was interesting. The ending was completely satisfying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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