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I Shot the Buddha Audiobook

I Shot the Buddha

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Publisher's Summary

A fiendishly clever mystery in which Dr. Siri and his friends investigate three interlocking murders -and the ungodly motives behind them.

Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator: a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can't turn down the adventure, and soon he and his friends find themselves running afoul of Lao secret service officers and famous spiritualists. Buddhism is a powerful influence on both morals and politics in Southeast Asia. In order to exonerate an innocent man, they will have to figure out who is cloaking terrible misdeeds in religiosity.

©2016 Colin Cotterill (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    chris 13/11/2016
    chris 13/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Awful narration had to stop listening."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    As usual Colin Cotterill seemed to have written a good yarn but it was totally ruined by the narration which was abysmal. It was stilted, toneless, humourless and totally inappropriate for the book. Had to stop listening and buy the book instead.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should have been chosen more carefully and should have an understanding of the humour in the book - it seemed to pass him by.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with this audio version - buy the book and enjoy the characters and some fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 22/01/2017
    Sandra 22/01/2017
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    "Wrong person reading"

    Unfortunately Clive Chafers is the wrong person to narrate this book - he mispronounces the characters names - particularly the main character, and it spoils the enjoyment of the book. The reading reminded me of amateur dramatics rather than a professional reader.
    It was his narration that ruined the last book for me too whereas the first few books were marvellous with different narrators and a very different approach to the reading.
    Disappointing to say the least.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Rena
    Silver Spring, MD
    07/08/16
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    "I am a big fan"

    This series is one of my favorites. Bizarre, funny, and informative about Southeast Asian history culture and politics. Please keep them coming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Penny
    Al Ain, UAE
    20/10/16
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    "One of the very best series!"

    One of the best detective series today! I just wish they would make it into a television series. The characters are all perfectly done and the story has elements of surprise and sometimes , whimsy, that are alway interesting. With so many seniors active today, I think this series would play well. Yeah for dr salee and dame! Please keep amazing us in all your adventures!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    02/10/16
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    "Please end the story."

    Loved the story; love all of the Thai and Laos series. No ending here, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    United States
    16/08/17
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    "Even more fun!"

    supernatural, superstitions, support-system, suspense, Laos, Thailand, verbal-humor, mystery, myths-legends, series

    While the sociopolitical history is present, the mystery and suspense are woven throughout, and the sly humor abounds, this one is filled with the supernatural. There are dark things, but they seem more balanced, or maybe that's an illusion caused by Mme Daeng's new tail! All I know is that I thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Clive Chafer continues to be excellent as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Patty
    South Texas
    19/02/17
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    "It's complicated"

    This book is a bit of history, a bit of geography, quite a bit of fantasy/magic/dreams, a bit of mystery, lots of characters with multiple names and titles and a bit of humor. I liked it but was confused by it. Y'all judge for yourselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proud Palisadian
    08/02/17
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    "Light and Fanciful Story"
    Any additional comments?

    Initially, I found it hard to follow the story -- I think I listened to the first three chapters at least twice. But once I realized that it was all pretty far out on the fanciful side of life, I settled in and enjoyed listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    Toronto
    19/01/17
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    "Ok but not as good as The Coroner's Lunch"

    I listened to The Coroner's Lunch first, which I quite enjoyed, and which is earlier in the series. This is alright and has some great insights and funny moments, but the plot is at times confusing with various monks in story, takes some effort to keep them straight and I got lost somewhere along the way. I would gladly listen to another book in this series, and I would probably enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • patricia
    hampton bays, ny, United States
    10/01/17
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    "Not for me"

    I was disappointed. I could not connect that well with the characters. The plot was a bit scattered and there was too much mysticism as well. The narrator has a wonderful voice but a few of the key the character's voices were too similar. I felt I wasted time on this book I am sorry to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C in VA
    04/01/17
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    "great series"

    l have learned a lot about Loas and enjoyed a good story. I would recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Marie Holt
    Nampa, ID USA
    28/11/16
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    "The next Dr Siri book"

    What can I say - they just keep getting better.

    We finally get to go to Thailand. Dr Siri has religion-based adventures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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