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Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery

Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Volume 1
Narrated by: Renee Dodd
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

Zelda wants to teach children English and “find herself” in Kathmandu. Ian wants to get stoned and trek the Himalayas. Tommy wants to get rich by smuggling diamonds. How their stories collide will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Travel from the dusty, tout-filled streets and holy sites of Nepal to the sultry metropolises and picture-perfect beaches of Thailand, as Zelda and Ian try to outsmart the smugglers and escape Asia alive.

This fast-paced, thrilling travel mystery set in Nepal and Thailand is sure to captivate listeners thirsty for some armchair adventure. Down and Out in Kathmandu is the perfect book for lovers of dark comedy, backpacker fiction, and (mis)adventure novels.

This novel is a prequel to the art history mysteries Zelda Richardson gets involved with later in this series. All four mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be listened to in any order.

©2015 Jennifer S. Alderson (P)2019 Jennifer S. Alderson

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 31-08-19

Great story, awful narration!

This is an original story in a time when so many are derivative. It is well written, with engaging characters. I persevered to near the end, but had to give up due to the awful narration. I would not have stuck it out so long, except the author gave me a free copy via Bookboom in exchange for an honest review. The narrator’s regular voice is fine, but she absolutely cannot voice accents other than her own. This is a big issue here, since one of the main characters is Australian (it was impossible to be sure about that until it was confirmed in the writing). The voicing of him and other characters, some of whom were Indian, are so far off as to be painful. I recommend reading the book.

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  • Helen
  • Paignton
  • 31-08-19

enjoyable book

Travel from the dusty, tout-filled streets and holy sites of Nepal to the sultry metropolises and picture-perfect beaches of Thailand, as Zelda and Ian try to outsmart the smugglers and escape Asia alive.
enjoyed this book very much