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Jade Dragon Mountain Audiobook

Jade Dragon Mountain: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

On the mountainous border of China and Tibet in 1708, a detective must learn what a killer already knows: that empires rise and fall on the strength of the stories they tell.

Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the emperor himself.

When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing. Everyone has secrets: the ambitious magistrate, the powerful consort, the bitter servant, the irreproachable secretary, the East India Company merchant, the nervous missionary, and the traveling storyteller who can't keep his own story straight.

Beyond the sloping roofs and festival banners, Li Du can see the mountain pass that will take him out of China forever. He must choose whether to leave and embrace his exile or to stay and investigate a murder that the town of Dayan seems all too willing to forget.

©2015 Elsa Hart (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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    Marcelyn 09-04-15
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    "Intriguing Mystery, Richly Woven"

    There is a richness to this story that moves it beyond a typical mystery. The setting is as detailed as a Chinese scroll. The characters' modes of thought are as varied as their backgrounds. Delicious bits of culture and history are revealed in every scene.
    Behind the hard-won solution to the primary mystery lies another, more dangerous mystery. The golden, jewel-encrusted clockwork solar system that lies at the heart of the story is an intellectually challenging puzzle as well as a beautiful cultural artifact. If that type of thing intrigues you, so will this book. The performance by David Shih is excellent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary Boros HOUSTON, TX, US 09-05-15
    Rosemary Boros HOUSTON, TX, US 09-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this book"

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I liked the references to Chinese history and customs. I liked the story involving Judge Dee. I am a big fan of Robert van Gulik books. The narrator was awesome. He had fitting and distinctive voices for each character. I hope the author writes more of these stories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa San Martin 05-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    I really enjoyed this book. Fascinating from a historical aspect and thrilling from a mystery aspect

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    Chuck 03-14-17
    Chuck 03-14-17

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    "A a different twist on a murder mystery"

    I enjoyed this subtle twist on a murder mystery set in a different country and time. it is not fast paced but you slowly get pulled into the story and plot and before too long you will hate to stop listening.

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    Carole 11-21-16
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    this was a delightfully written and narrated mystery. The connection with a culture unknown to me was also delightful.

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    "Terrible narration obscures the story"
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    The performance is dreadful. Some characters unlistenable.


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    The author is done a terrible injustice with the awful narration.

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    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-25-16
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    "enjoyable, entertaining!"

    full of twists, just when I figure one thing out, twist - ah should have known.
    a detective story set amid early china and beautifully done. loved the history and descriptive narrative. will be buying the second one!

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    Leonard 12-19-15
    Leonard 12-19-15 Member Since 2017

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    "A First Class Mystery"

    I did not really know what to expect with this book. However, I always enjoy a good mystery and this did not disappoint. The cast of characters is manageable for the reader/listener to manage, the narration is good (at times a tiny bit tedious) and the final plot twist is a logical conclusion. I look forward to other works by this author.

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    PeterK 12-10-15
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    "Good mystery"

    You are given the same clues as the protagonist, more or less, and the setting is interesting

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    SDMama 11-24-15
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    "Best book of the year!"

    Fantastic first novel by Elsa Hart, with a wonderful performance by David Shih. Hart's storytelling is captivating. Her way with words brings the splendor, magic, and mystery alive. I highly recommend this audiobook! It was wonderful and I can't wait for the next one!

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