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  • The Garden of Evening Mists

  • By: Tan Twan Eng
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Malaya, 1949. After a career spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, - herself the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp - seeks solace among the jungle fringed plantations of Northern Malaya. There she meets the enigmatic Aritomo, an exiled former gardener of the Emperor of Japan. Yun Ling asks Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister. But the jungle holds secrets of its own…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best listen of 2012

  • By Sarah on 02-12-12

Engaging and thought provoking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-13

What made the experience of listening to The Garden of Evening Mists the most enjoyable?

Having read The Gift of Rain on my kindle (and very much enjoyed it), I was keen to get stuck into Tan Twan Eng's follow up. Although there are some similarities between the books and the characters portrayed, the story of Yun Ling Teoh is evokative and opens a window on a little known historical setting (in the western world anyway).

What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

Anna Bentinck has a fantastic voice for narration. She sensitively portays the growth and journey of the main character although I did listen to some of the accents with a general sense of discomfort.

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