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Thailand 1996. The Year of The Rat. Pete, a young travel writer, wanders into a Bangkok go-go bar and meets the love of his life. Joy is the girl of his dreams, young, stunningly pretty, and one of the Zombie Bar's top-earning pole dancers.

What follows is a roller-coaster ride of sex, drugs, and deception, as Pete discovers that his very own private dancer is not all she claims to be. And that far from being the girl of his dreams, Joy is his own personal nightmare.

©2005 Stephen Leather (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd

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right on the money <br />

I live in thailand ,this story hits home, and will recommend it to all friends.

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For anyone that's ever been to Thailand...

You'll relive so many experiences... A must read for anyone that is considering the trip!!!

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  • M. Parker
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • 09-21-18

Spot on!

I listened to story while vacationing in Bangkok, a one minute walk from Nana plaza. Yes, Nana plaza has the prettiest girls and if you are not careful, you can lose quite a bit of money and more if not careful.

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Simply fantastic. An utter masterpiece of writing.

An unforgettable story which rings so true it's spooky. Also brilliantly performed by Thorpe and Bond. Highly recommended.

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  • Ann D
  • 08-20-15

Excellent! Couldn't put it down.

Any additional comments?

I read lots of reviews on this (on Goodreads etc) before purchasing it. Some hated it, those wanting lots of detailed sex, and those for whom the sleazy context and incidents were too much. I was struck by the reviews of many readers who have lived in Bangkok and recognised this as an accurate account. Although the characters were not richly drawn insofar as we learned little about them other than what was happening day-to-day and their views on it. However, this did not detract from the story at all. This was all about exploring the psychosocial relationships in and around the sex industry in Bangkok. I don't Like spoilers and I won't give them here. Suffice to say that Pete was a somewhat sympathetic character early on, but for me, later, not so much. Joy, on the other hand seemed entirely predatory at first, but later I had learned enough to see that her motivation was not malicious. This book is entertaining, gripping, often uncomfortable listening/reading, but more thought provoking and illuminating than anything I have read or listened to before. The ending is not predictable and the narration is perfect.

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  • James
  • 05-06-15

Loved it, a real eye opener!

Having only visited Thailand once before I have to say I must have had my eyes closed I saw nothing of the content of this book however, after discussing with a friend who travels there twice a year it seems this is a realistic overview of all that unfolds in this well narrated story. ✳️✳️✳️✳️✳️

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  • Arnoldo Townsend
  • 09-02-18

Pretty informative listening for the uninitiated.

I found the book very informative and the voice performances were impressive. I think it would help new visitors to Thailand and give them a much needed grounding into the psyche of the characters their likely to run into when visiting and could help prevent a few pitfalls.

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  • SGdeCT
  • 04-11-18

Not great... bit dull and repetitive actually

Kept thinking something interesting must happen soon, and suddenly it was the end of the book!
The main character is incredibly stupid and very frustrating to hear about. It was an odd book, first one of Stephen Leathers I haven’t liked at all..
Good narration from both narrators though!

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  • Rover
  • 03-25-18

Private Dancer.

I very nearly stopped listening to this book after a short time as it was so different from the authors other titles, of which I have read many. However, I am glad I didn't as I it turned out to be very good, albeit unusual. I did not see the ending coming !!

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  • PeeGee
  • 03-17-18

Nearly didn’t buy it - wish I hadnt

What would have made Private Dancer better?

Not sticking with it all the way through - I don’t give up on a book - I should have this one

What will your next listen be?

Don’t know - been put off at the moment!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Thorpe and Jilly Bond ?

No idea

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Private Dancer?

Most of them

Any additional comments?

Repetition Repetition and a lame story

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  • G. Cohen
  • 03-16-18

An enjoyable listen

Listening on Audible it was more like a play than a regular book. I enjoyed the variety of voices and it was easy to distinguish between the male characters.
The author may have been trying to show Joy’s limited vocabulary but I was irritated by the repetition of phrases. Otherwise a good listen and a sad insight into bar girls and male tourists and expats.

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  • Al
  • 02-02-18

Not the usual read from Leather

Enjoyed the book after listening to all the Dan Shepard books

Bit different but a good story with a twist and a insight into Thailand

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  • John
  • 01-14-18

A deep insight into Thai prositution<br />

It's an untypical novel in fact more of a play. Very well narrated and a fascinating insight into the world of prostitutes and bar patrons of Bangkok.

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  • john91919
  • 10-02-17

unusual format

the story was from several characters point of view and read by two narrators. 4 stars