The Scoreless Thai

An Evan Tanner Novel
Narrated by: Theo Holland
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Presenting Evan Tanner - the first series character created by Lawrence Block, best-selling author of A Walk Among the Tombstones....

Ever since a shred of shrapnel did a number on his brain's sleep center, Even Tanner has been awake 24/7. This gives him more time than your average underachiever. Time to learn the world's languages (he's fluent in Basque, but has trouble with Chinese). Time to embrace the world's lost causes and irredentist movements (The Flat Earth Society, the League for the Restoration of Cilician Armenia, the Society of the Left Hand). Time to write term papers theses for students with more money than knowledge. And, most important, time to do his dreaming while he's wide awake.

When his girlfriend, T'pani "Tuppence" Ngawa, disappears on a jazz tour of Thailand, Tanner flies to Bangkok, slips his CIA escort, and rushes to the rescue-only to wind up caged by bandits, who plan to behead him at daybreak. He enlists a young and sexually inexperienced Thai, Dhang, with the promise that he'll get him laid. Their escape route ultimately leads to North Vietnam-and, eventually, into the DMZ. Oh, you don't really expect a summary of a Tanner adventure to make sense, do you? It's a wild ride, partly by bullock cart, and no one but Tanner could bring it off....

©1967 Lawrence Block (P)2017 Lawrence Block

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Mayhem adventure

This story was full of Mayhem and lots of jungle adventure. Leave it up to Tanner to run off to save a woman he just met and get himself into all kinds of crazy situations along the way. It was an interesting story with way less main characters than the last book. Definitely kept you interested throughout. Dhang will not shut up about having a woman the whole trip....so make sure the kiddos aren't around when you listen to this one. He's quite the funny, but crude character. I was disappointed that Block had switched authors for the second Tanner book ....but at least he went back with Holland again. I love his unique twist to narration and the fact that he brings the characters to life as if you are watching a movie rather than listening to a book. You actually can visualize the characters and scenes and not feel like someone is just mundanely reading it to you. Rather you are carried on an adventure. I always listen to the books Holland narrates and have never been disappointed. I have trouble listening to other audio books now though.....the others seem so drab and boring now. Block and Holland have made a great team with the Tanner series and I look forward to more of their work together.

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What a man won't do for a pretty girl.

Another rollicking adventure for Evan Tanner! Well plotted, with characters you care about.

Theo Holland once again does an excellent job with the various accents and voices.

I look forward to the next Evan Tanner adventure voiced by Theo Holland.

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  • Martin Gilje Jaatun
  • 05-07-20

another great Evan Tanner yarn

plenty of cliffhangers and improbable rescues, but a good time guaranteed for all. this one also works well out of sequence.

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  • col2910
  • 04-12-20

Another fun Tanner outing

Evan Tanner's fourth adventure and a different theatre of operations this time - south east Asia, as opposed to eastern Europe. I welcomed the change of setting after three books spent mostly behind the Iron Curtain.

In a nutshell, we open with Tanner, a prisoner of Communist guerillas, in a jungle cage and due execution the following day. We then backtrack to the reasons for his current predicament, before his escape and further adventures including some jungle trekking, a near fatal fever, some intelligence gathering, going native, an alliance with an impoverished Asian, longing for the resurrection of French Indo-China dominance, a couple of jail breaks, the death of a rapist, a boat trip, a near-miss skirmish with NVA troops, attracting friendly fire from American forces in Vietnam, joy-riding in a North Vietnamese tank and eventually reaching the safety of allied forces in the possession of the king of Thailand's jewels.

Plenty of humour present, particularly in the on-going frustrations of Tanner's virgin accomplice, Dhang - frustrations amplified by several near-misses, each of which seem to land the odd couple in greater peril. I liked their sense of loyality to each other and Dhang eventually achieving his goal.

Some of the escapades stretch credibility, but I was enjoying the outing. It's rare that a Lawrence Block book disappoints me. This one didn't.

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The three previous Tanner books have all been enjoyed.
The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep
The Canceled Czech
Tanner's Twelve Swingers

I'm looking forward to the next - Tanner's Tiger

Read - (listened to) February, 2020
Published - 1967
Page count - 240 (5 hrs 40 mins)
Source - Audible download code from one of the author's assistants
Format - Audible

https://col2910.blogspot.com/2020/04/lawrence-block-scoreless-thai-1967.html

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  • Linda
  • 02-02-20

Great book!

I enjoyed this book very much. It was written maybe 50 years ago, and I love the period feel to it with the language used and the political outlook. James Bond is mentioned and indeed it is reminiscent of those books. Recommended listening!

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  • GREG SLATER
  • 12-22-17

I couldn't listen to it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A decent reader

Has The Scoreless Thai put you off other books in this genre?

No, but I wish Audible would find some better readers

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too much, which is a pity because I like the author, as you know. The same applied, only less so, with the later Bernie Rodenbar books. The original reader was great. The more recent one was not. Why change a winning formula?

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Scoreless Thai?

Don't know, didn't get that far

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't mind an exchange