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Joseph Sherman first visits Saigon, the capital of French colonial Cochin-China, in 1925 on a hunting expedition with his father, a US senator. He is lured back again and again as a traveler, a soldier, and then as a reporter by his fascination for the exotic land and for Lan, a mandarin's daughter he cannot forget.

Over five decades, Joseph's life becomes enmeshed with the political intrigues of two of Saigon's most influential families, the French colonist Devrauxs, and the native Trans - and inevitably with Vietnam's turbulent, war torn fate. He is there when the hatred of a million coolies rises against the French, and when the French Foreign Legion fights it's bloody last stand at Dien Bien Phu.

©2016 Anthony Grey (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Epic Story

Having served in Viet Nam, I instantly got caught up in the story. Tragic characters and events abound. Much like the main character, I can't seem to get the place out of my mind.

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This book to be at times close to
5 stars - just not long enough - and there are some long stretches of 1/2 stars. But overall it is a fascinating look at a country that we Americans never understood very well. Too bad so many had to die for a cause that was lost before the first American soldier set foot in Vietnam

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Somewhat disappointing.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I read this book back in the 70's and it captured my imagination so much that I never forgot it. However, the narration of this audiobook was in my opinion appalling. <br/>I have always recommended reading this book to others, but I would not recommend anyone to listen to this.

If you’ve listened to books by Anthony Grey before, how does this one compare?

I read this paperback in the 70's, but this is the only one I have listened to. That said, I would not care to listen to anymore. I found this narration patronizing and irritating.<br/>

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gordon Griffin?

James Adams comes to mind.

Was Saigon worth the listening time?

No

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Excellent

So sad that the French, Chinese, Japanese and the US were so horrible as to invade this country

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The real story behind history of my own time.

A beautifully crafted story that brought history to life...and opened my eyes to our real government during trying times. Sad.