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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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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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Highly exceeded my expectations

If you are looking for a good long listen than look no further. this one will not disappoint, in the least. Kept me interested from start to finish.

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  • BDHumbert
  • Fort Pierce, FL, United States
  • 05-11-17

I found

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.
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.

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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  • SRC
  • Portland, OR United States
  • 11-19-16

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.

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  • 12-29-17

Very informative

Gave me a chance to really appreciate the complexity of how the vietnam war came about and the Americans involvement worthwhile listen

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  • Mark
  • 02-04-18

Captivating in history and tale.

Saigon was first purchased over 20 years ago. Revisiting this as an audio book filled in the memories I had from my reading and more. Gordon Griffin is a true master of his craft, I now follow his readings. 37 hours of intriguing story that never stops unravelling. What happened after! Why did it have to end? I’m going to Vietnam and I’m sure the story will go with me.