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Chinese-American P. I. Lydia Chin is brought in by former mentor Joel Pilarsky to help with a case that crosses continents, cultures, and decades.

In Shanghai, excavation has unearthed a cache of European jewelry dating back to World War II. The jewelry was immediately stolen by a Chinese official who fled to New York City. Hired by a lawyer specializing in the recovery of Holocaust assets, Chin and Pilarsky are to find any and all leads to the missing jewels. But Lydia soon learns that there is much more to the story than they've been told.

©2008 S. J. Rozan; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America

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Don't pass up this one!

This should come with warnings.
1. Don't listen while driving. May cause you to drive miles past your intended destination, and not even care.
2. Don't listen while cooking, if this can not be avoided, please set timers.
3. Don't listen while knitting, unless you are very good at tinking. (un-knitting your mistakes)
4. Don't listen while trying to drift off to sleep at night, if you need to get up early, and have a cranky boss.
5. Do listen while pulling weeds. You will probably be able to pull weeds for hours and not even realize you are still toiling in the dirt after the sun has gone down.

You will find yourself swept away to war torn China by way of New York's own Chinatown and a beautiful mystery spanning generations. It has enough twist, turns and surprises to keep you hanging on til the last word is spoken. The writing is amazing, and beautiful, and the story telling is engaging.

This is the best read/listen I have had in some time. Now I must go tink all the knitting I have done since I started the book. Don't know how I messed up so bad and didn't even notice until the book was over.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Good history; marred narration; implausible story.

This was my first exposure to the Bill Smith/Lydia Chin series, but I gather this is the 9th in the series and one of the most widely read and highly rated. I found interesting to learn about the 20K European Jews who emigrated to Shanghai before or during WWII. I felt that the target audience of the book might be young adults. The dialogue between Bill and Lydia is almost childish. Lydia's language almost sounds like a Valley girl. This is reinforced by the narrator, who makes Lydia sound like she's about 16 years old, when in fact she must be going on 30. In some ways, Lydia's mother is a more fully developed and interesting character than Lydia herself. The NYPD detective and childhood friend Mary acts so hostile and peculiarly toward Lydia, her bosom pal, that their relationship seems quite immature, even though it is intended to show great concern. Also, with the resources of the NYPD at her disposal, why doesn't Mary ever follow up on a clue and respect Lydia's suggestions, even when speculative?

The plot is intricate and becomes extremely complex. Then, at the end, there are a number of rather implausible twists that a reader could not possibly have anticipated. A really good mystery is one in which essential facts are not withheld and in which clues are dropped throughout the story which, in retrospect at least, might have pointed to the solution. I recognize that this series has its enthusiasts, and, if this were a first novel, I would say it is a hopeful debut. As it is, I have no interest in reading any others in this series and would not recommend this book to my friends.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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stop with the accent

I was enjoying everything about this book, until the Chinese accent began. Oy vey, it is unlistenable. I will probably have to send the book back and get a copy to read to myself.

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Fascinating

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

What can you say about a book that I, my husband, and my 2 teenage boys *all* liked?? Amazing!<br/>The setting is one I've never read about - Shanghai and the Japanese interment camps in China. The plot totally drew you in. The mystery was good, with some surprise twists you'd never guess, the characters were good, and the narrator did a great job!

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great story, terrible narrator

What did you like best about The Shanghai Moon? What did you like least?

The history was really interesting but the dialogue seemed immature particularly for the main character and this problem was exacerbated by the terrible narration. I will try another book by this writer that is narrated by someone else.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She made several characters' voices too high pitched and childlike. I almost stopped listening several times it was so annoying.

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  • susan
  • Melbourne Beach, FL, United States
  • 05-11-15

Terrible Narrator!!

Would you try another book from S. J. Rozan and/or Samantha Quann?

Certainly will look go SJ Rozan but never by Samantha Quann

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

To have the previous narrator

What didn’t you like about Samantha Quann’s performance?

Performance for all characters the same.

Any additional comments?

Could not finish listening and returned book.

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Outstanding!

This was a wonderful story. The narrator is outstanding She manages to clearly differentiate all of the characters beautifully. It's one of the best product ions that I've listened to in a long time. I'll be sure to be back for more.

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the past catches up to us..

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

Yes I would, this book was amazing.. it had the mystery, suspense, the on edge of my seat feel to it.

What other book might you compare The Shanghai Moon to and why?

I am not sure if I can answer this one good. Pretty much all the books I read have they same mystery plot to them and I love a good mystery suspenseful book.

Which character – as performed by Samantha Quann – was your favorite?

The man reporter lady who was trying to find the Shanghai moon was one of my favorites, and her mother..the personality of her mother was the good part to me..

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was and I did..

Any additional comments?

None

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I fell in love with this book!

Would you listen to The Shanghai Moon again? Why?

I would. I fell in love with the story and how it was presented. I just had to keep listening.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot had several prongs and I was sure I knew what was going to be the outcome and I was proved wrong.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think the reading of the "letters" were my favorite. It is what hooked me on the entire story.

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

The letters and the lover's story

Any additional comments?

I ended up recommending this book to friends and sent by sis and another friend a printed copy.

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Way more Drama

What made the experience of listening to The Shanghai Moon the most enjoyable?

Murder, missing gems, a history I was not aware of... This was a book that drew me in and made me cry yet laugh through it...

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shanghai Moon?

When she found out who really had the Shanghai Moon

Which character – as performed by Samantha Quann – was your favorite?

the "old" men