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The Chinaman Audiobook

The Chinaman

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Publisher's Summary

The "Chinaman" understood death.

Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless as his two eldest daughters were raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now, all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working, and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business - until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. Then he began to ask the authorities who were the men responsible, what was being done - and was turned away, fobbed off, treated as a nuisance. That was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge...and went back to war.

©1992 Stephen Leather; (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"The Chinaman is a gem of a thriller, perfectly constructed and full of the unexpected." (Library Journal)

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    Glynn basingstoke, hampshire, United Kingdom 02/01/2010
    Glynn basingstoke, hampshire, United Kingdom 02/01/2010 Member Since 2006
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    "New to Stephen Leather"

    Well I first read the Solitary Man and now went back to this one and found it more gripping. I gave The Solitary Man 5 out of 5 before reading this one and actually found it better. wish audible would allow me to go back to rate this one as 5 and the previous as 4 but actually both deserve 5s! Heartbreaking in parts but stirring in others this book reinforces my thoughts to go through all the stephen leather books on audible.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    stew marsden Gateshead, England 25/07/2007
    stew marsden Gateshead, England 25/07/2007 Listener Since 2005
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    "At last Stephen Leather on audio!"

    I have read nearly every Stephen Leather book as they have been published and have constantly scoured the net for them on audio.
    The Chinaman is in my opinion one of his best and the audio version certainly doesn't disappoint with Russell Boulters narration being a very pleasent surprise. He does it at just the right pace and carries off all the various accents extremely well.
    Although a relatively easy listen this story contains enough twists and detail in the characters to keep the interest going.
    I look forward to more of his books on audio soon.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Rogers HARROGATE, United Kingdom 16/11/2011
    Susan Rogers HARROGATE, United Kingdom 16/11/2011 Member Since 2015

    Retired to start my second life i.e. actually do everything I want to do before I die - include be a published author - watch this space!

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    "Very pleasant surprise"

    I admit to not having heard of this author before, however the Chinaman came up on a recommended list. As I'd accrued a number of credits I thought "I'll give it a whirl" - and wow - am I glad I did. The story had me gripped from beginning to end and the narration was amongst the best I've heard. Am not going to search for some more by Stephen Leather - though you've set a high standard to follow!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abiline Berks, UK 27/09/2010
    Abiline Berks, UK 27/09/2010 Member Since 2012
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    "Highly enjoyable"

    A fast-paced, well plotted crime thriller. I have enjoyed many of Stephen Leather's books in print, and this was one of the first Audible downloads I bought. It was well worth it, holding my attention throughout and leaving me wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    neil 19/05/2017
    neil 19/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    A painfull time for the UK has been spun into gripping story. Just murder, lust, politics and the vietnam war.

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    chrissi 20/03/2017
    chrissi 20/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "So so gripping!"

    My first Stephen Leather book and I was impressed with the story and the twists and turns. My jaw actually dropped a few times through this but the out and out star of the show was the narrator Russell Boulter.
    To go from the harsh Belfast accent to plummy Brit to lilting Edinburgh accent in the same conversation?? Just. So. Impressive.
    Marathon listened too as I couldn't put it down.

    Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alec Lumb 19/01/2017
    Alec Lumb 19/01/2017 Member Since 2013

    Ex-Sailor who is spending much time on the road. Approaching 100 books I find this a good way to 'read' books and can't wait to drive now.

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    "Exciting"

    A tragic story which I again found I couldn't stop listening to. Cutting between characters is difficult for the reader but I liked the way our hero was portrayed, how his historical background was explored, revealing a part of history I don't know about. His relationship with the baddies was enjoyable too and the last chapter brings it all into one place. Another great book by Stephen Leather!!

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    dzadams 09/12/2016
    dzadams 09/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping"

    Really good story and narrated quite well, takes the narrator a little while to get in to his stride but turns out very well.

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    peter williams 06/12/2016
    peter williams 06/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    well read, can't wait to find another of his books. Very believable. exciting stuff. great.

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    Jholmes 30/07/2016
    Jholmes 30/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "One of his best yet!"

    Stephen Leather has excelled himself with this story. Unusual characters, poignant thread running through the narrative. Detail of military procedures, and depth of knowledge that demonstrates patient research of unusual subject matter.
    The character of the Chinaman is beautifully woven into the story, and he grows in stature and prominence that demands respect and admiration.
    Engrossing twists and turns that evolve with pace to the logical, if unexpected, conclusion.

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  • Robert
    North Hollywood, CA, USA
    11/08/07
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    "Great plot idea, but..."

    Turning loose a trained Vietnamese assassin among a bunch of IRA bombers is an idea loaded with possibilities. It's a great little book, but the author falls into the trap of Orientalism in his characterization of the Viet Cong hero: he makes him into a single-minded cutthroat with the tracking skills of Natty Bumppo. He could have been a Joyce fan, or a horse racing bettor, or a baseball or lacrosse fan. But no. He does know how to make nitroglycerin out of antifreeze and fertilizer and set it off with a flash bulb. Not too deep. The Irish terrorists get full three dimensional portraits, on the other hand, including cottages, favorite drinks, Land Rovers and girl friends. Still, the plot moves right along and it's a fun read, with plenty of surprises -- all of them for the deliciously astonished white folks, and many of them fatal.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dan1m
    09/09/16
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    "Decent thriller"

    For a novel called the Chinaman, the book doesn't really focus on the Nguyen character enough. Instead it dragged a little too much with the IRA members relationships and inner conflicts. The Nguyen character could have had more depth and development.

    The performance was good. His nailed his British Isles accents but his vietnamese accent at times sounded like a generic Asian accent and other times sounded Japanese. He also should learn how to pronounce the name Nguyen (sounds more like ngwen) and other vietnamese words such as "Hue" (pronounced hoo-ay not Hyoo).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dennis
    Mazama, WA, United States
    11/11/10
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    "What a surprise"

    Great characters, excellent plot line, great character development, moves quickly with no boring stretches. I felt like I was able to understand the motivations of each of the pricipals. The author is a very good writer and the narration is first rate. I am very glad I listened to this book, would encorage you to check this one out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Penelope
    21/02/10
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    "Exciting and interesting."

    I really enjoyed this book by Mr. Leather. He wove the stories of the different characters together so that one remained sympathetic and horrified at the same time. Mr. Boulter is an outstanding narrator and his voice adaptations made each character vividly stand out. I will look for both author and narrator for future listening entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claycnst
    08/09/07
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    "Worth the time."

    This book was worth the time. It could have been condensed a couple of hours, but that's my only complaint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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