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    • The Last Chinese Chef

    • By: Nicole Mones
    • Narrated by: James Chen, Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 942
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 736
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 739

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Totally Satisfying - highly recommended

    • By Dr. on 09-12-11

    Regular price: $20.72

    • The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China

    • By: Ralph D. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 62

    One of the most profound studies of warfare ever written, The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China presents us with an Eastern tradition of strategic thought that emphasizes outwitting one's opponent through speed, stealth, flexibility, and a minimum of force - an approach very different from that stressed in the West, where the advantages of brute strength have overshadowed more subtle methods.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Historical Treasures

    • By Troy on 05-01-15

    Regular price: $21.95

    • Pump Six and Other Stories

    • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Eileen Stevens, James Chen
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 266

    Paolo Bacigalupi's debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of the science-fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo's work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I never wanted the stories to end.

    • By J.G. on 09-12-11

    Regular price: $22.46

    • The Girl King

    • By: Mimi Yu
    • Narrated by: Eunice Wong, Allison Hiroto, James Chen
    • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: assertive Lu will be named her father's heir and become the dynasty's first female ruler while timid Min will lead a quiet life in Lu's shadow. Until their father names their male cousin Set his heir instead, sending ripples through the realm and throwing both girls' lives into utter chaos. Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu has no choice but to go on the run, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • An Excess Male

    • A Novel
    • By: Maggie Shen King
    • Narrated by: James Chen, Tim Chiou, Elaine Kao
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Under the One Child Policy, everyone plotted to have a son. Now 40 million of them can't find wives. China's One Child Policy and its cultural preference for male heirs has created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than 25 percent of men in their late 30s will not have families of their own. An Excess Male is one such leftover man's quest for love and family under a state that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritarian measures, reinvigorated Communist ideals, and social engineering.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By John on 10-01-17

    Regular price: $31.93

    • All Involved

    • A Novel
    • By: Ryan Gattis
    • Narrated by: Anthony Rey Perez, Marisol Ramirez, Jim Cooper, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141

    A propulsive and ambitious novel as electrifying as The Wire, from a writer hailed as the West Coast's Richard Price—a mesmerizing epic of crime and opportunity, race, revenge, and loyalty, set in the chaotic streets of South Central LA in the wake of one of the most notorious and incendiary trials of the 1990s. At 3:15 p.m. on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted three white Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force to subdue a black man named Rodney King and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a fourth officer. Less than two hours later, the city exploded in violence that lasted six days. In nearly 121 hours, fifty-three lives were lost. But there were even more deaths unaccounted for: violence that occurred outside of active rioting sites by those who used the chaos to viciously settle old scores.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Multiple Narrative Since the Poisonwood Bible

    • By Alan McCarron on 04-22-15

    Regular price: $28.51

    • For Today I Am a Boy

    • By: Kim Fu
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    At birth, Peter Huang is given the Chinese name Juan Chaun, "powerful king." To his parents, newly settled in small-town Ontario, he is the exalted only son in a sea of daughters, the one who will finally fulfill his immigrant father's dreams of Western masculinity. Peter and his sisters grow up in an airless house of order and obligation, though secrets and half-truths simmer beneath the surface.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Heavy, gray, careful novel

    • By Tucker FitzGerald on 07-28-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Fortunes

    • By: Peter Ho Davies
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    Inhabiting four lives - a railroad baron's valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywood's first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim whose death mobilizes Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption - this novel captures and capsizes over a century of our history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can survive - as much through love as blood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The threads throughout the stories.

    • By Perkbrooke on 11-14-16

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Foreigner

    • By: Francie Lin
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 18

    Emerson Chang is a mild mannered bachelor on the cusp of 40, a financial analyst in a neatly pressed suit, a child of Taiwanese immigrants who doesn't speak a word of Chinese, and, well, a virgin. His only real family is his mother, whose subtle manipulations have kept him close, all in the name of preserving an obscure idea of family and culture. But when his mother suddenly dies, Emerson sets out for Taipei to scatter her ashes, and to convey a surprising inheritance to his younger brother, Little P.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Beg to Differ

    • By deeva on 12-10-09

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Death and Resurrection

    • By: R. A. MacAvoy
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    The award-winning writer of Tea With the Black Dragon and other acclaimed novels returns to fantasy with the intriguing story of Chinese-American artist Ewen Young who gains the ability to travel between the worlds of life and death. This unasked-for skill irrevocably changes his life - as does meeting Nez Perce veterinarian Dr. Susan Sundown and her remarkable dog, Resurrection.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Prayer of the Dragon

    • By: Eliot Pattison
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Summoned to a remote village from the hidden lamasery where he lives, Shan, formerly an investigator in Beijing, must save a comatose man from execution for two murders in which the victims' arms have been removed. Upon arrival, he discovers that the suspect is not Tibetan but Navajo.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

    • Murder, Money, and an Epic Power Struggle in China
    • By: Pin Ho, Wenguang Huang
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    The downfall of Bo Xilai in China was more than a darkly thrilling mystery. It revealed a cataclysmic internal power struggle between Communist Party factions, one that reached all the way to China’s new president Xi Jinping. The scandalous story of the corruption of the Bo Xilai family - the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood; Bo’s secret lovers; the secret maneuverings of Bo’s supporters; the hasty trial and sentencing of Gu Kailai, Bo’s wife - was just the first rumble of a seismic power struggle that continues to rock the very foundation of China’s all-powerful Communist Party.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely satisfying and comprehensive

    • By Sparkly on 05-24-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Lord of Death

    • By: Eliot Pattison
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Shan Tao Yun is an exiled Chinese national and a former Beijing investigator on parole from the Tibetan gulag to which he had been consigned as punishment. He is ferrying a corpse on muleback over the slopes of Chomolungma - Everest - at the request of a local wisewoman who says the gods have appointed this task to him, when he encounters what looks like a traffic accident. A government bus filled with imprisoned illegal monks has overturned. Then Shan hears gunfire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Master at Work

    • By Mark Knoernschild on 02-14-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • All Involved

    • By: Ryan Gattis
    • Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White, Anthony Ray Perez, James Chen, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The 1992 Los Angeles Riots: six days of looting, arson, assault, and murder. America's second largest city in chaos. In All Involved Ryan Gattis weaves a heart-stopping narrative from the perspectives of characters whose stories of the riots were never told. In six sections, each covering a single day, we follow the intersecting lives of 17 people: gang members, firefighters, nurses, law enforcement officers, and graffiti artists, every one changed for ever.

    Regular price: $22.71

    • Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh

    • A Novel
    • By: Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Mo Yan, China’s most critically acclaimed author, has changed the face of his country’s contemporary literature with such daring and masterly novels as Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and The Republic of Wine. In this collection of eight astonishing stories - the title story of which has been adapted to film by the award-winning director of Red Sorghum, Zhang Yimou - Mo Yan shows why he is also China’s leading writer of short fiction.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Adventures of the Karaoke King

    • By: Harold Taw
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    What happens when a thirty-something, newly divorced man discovers courage and adventure, thanks to a karaoke contest? In Adventures of the Karaoke King, Harold Taw introduces us to Guy Watanabe, a man marginally aware of his Asian background and decidedly unaware of how poorly he has planned for his future. In this riotous, often thoughtful, and always entertaining novel, readers are taken on a memorable journey that crosses America, Asia, and back, with the last leg spent in a shipping container.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Will the Boat Sink the Water

    • The Life of China's Peasants
    • By: Chen Guidi, Wu Chuntao
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    The Chinese Economic miracle is happening despite, not because of, China's 900 million peasants. They are missing from the portraits of booming Shanghai, or Beijing. Many of China's underclass live under a feudalistic system unchanged since the 15th century. Wu Chuntao and Chen Guidi undertook a three-year survey of what had happened to the peasants in one of the poorest provinces, Anhui, asking the question: have the peasants been betrayed by the revolution undertaken in their name by Mao and his successors?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential

    • By Delano on 02-02-10

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Search for the Buried Bomber

    • By: Xu Lei
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20

    ring China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution, the People’s Liberation Army dispatches an elite group of prospectors famous for their work uncovering rare minerals to the mountains of rural Inner Mongolia. Their assignment: to bring honor to their country by descending into a maze of dank caves to find and retrieve the remnants of a buried Japanese World War II bomber. How the aircraft ended up beneath thousands of feet of rock baffles the team, but they’ll soon encounter far more treacherous forces lurking in the shadows.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • what?!

    • By Angie on 10-07-15

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Crashing the Party

    • An American Reporter in China
    • By: Scott Savitt
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    It's 1983. Scott Savitt, one of the first American exchange students in Beijing, picks up his guitar and begins strumming Blackbird. He's soon surrounded by Chinese students who know every word to every Beatles song he plays. The city's first nightclubs open; rock 'n' roll promises democracy. Becoming foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times then United Press International, Scott finds himself drawn into China's political heart.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, even better narration

    • By Chris on 01-27-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Rare Earth

    • A Novel
    • By: Paul Mason
    • Narrated by: James Chen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    A washed up T.V. reporter stumbles onto a corruption scandal in Western China. Pursued through the desert by a psychotic spin-doctor and a world-weary cop, he discovers the real China: illegal metal mines, a fashion-crazed gang of girl bikers, a whole commune of Tiananmen Square survivors and the up-market sleaze-joints of Beijing. En route, he clashes with a stellar cast of people - traffickers, prostitutes and T.V. execs. But then the unquiet dead begin to intervene: ghosts from his own past and the past of Chinese Communism; the "spirits that hover three feet above our heads" of Chinese folklore.

    Regular price: $19.95

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