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I Shot the Buddha

Narrated by: Clive Chafers
Series: Doctor Siri Paiboun, Book 11
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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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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Awful narration had to stop listening.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Good story, poor vocalisation

The story was very good, a bit confusing if you took a long break between listening to chapters, as the story is multi-threaded.

Perhaps I was spoilt listening to other Sri books but the vocalisations in this book in my opinion was poor, having west country accents for rural folk was not endearing.

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Good story, not keen on new reader

Dr Siri also appears to have changed his name (or pronunciation of it) and most of the characters seem to have the sudo-Irish accent. Anyway. If you can get past the reader, it’s a cracking story, as always.

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Fab story, spolit by boring dreary narrator

I have listened to the first 4 books in this series by Colin Cotterill. The first read by Gareth Armstrong, he was brilliant. Then the following 3 read by Nigel Armstrong, he was absolutely brilliant. Then Audible miss several books out of the series and go straight to this one. What a terrible shame, what a shock to the system! Whoever asked Clive Chafers to read should be shot! Pardon the pun! He is dreary, boring, and puts no inflection in his voice to reflect the characters he is quoting. They all sound the same in the lame droning voice he has, so you can barely follow the story. COME ON audible, I am not the only person to complain! I am asking for my credit back and will be for the next in the series. I could comment on the story, and I should, as it is funny, witty and interesting, but with that voice...… I could never recommend.

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  • Rena
  • 07-08-16

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.

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  • Jan
  • 16-08-17

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.

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  • Rose Marie Holt
  • 28-11-16

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.

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  • Penny
  • 20-10-16

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!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-19

Good fun.

Dr Siri and friends continue to delightwith new murders and plot twists. As I am the same age as Dr. Siri, I remember vaguely some of the historical references scattered throughout his stories about that period of time when we were naive about the ways of the world. It adds to the background and gives a richness to the people and stories. Looking forward to my next book.

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  • C in VA
  • 04-01-17

great series

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

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  • David
  • 02-10-16

Please end the story.

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

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  • Michelle P. Adamo
  • 05-10-20

Love Dr Siri Paiboun series

The Dr Siri Paiboun story begins with "The Coroner's Lunch", there are 14 books in the series to date. The series takes place in Laos in the late 1970s - the post Vietnam War era. A mixture of the description of the rich, vibrant detail of the country-side and cities of Laos, as well as the people of Laos, together with its politics of the era, make the stories come to life. Full of fascinating characters, each of whom play an integral part in the stories. The lead character, Dr Siri Paiboun is - reluctantly - the country's one and only coroner. Committed to doing his job and doing it well Siri possesses just the right amount of sensitivity, intelligence, wit and sarcasm to make the story a delightful read. A fun "who-done-it" mystery series full of intrigue with a hint of (almost believable) paranormal, the Dr Siri Paiboun books are one of my favorite series. I would recommend reading the series in order as the story lines, and the characters, build on one another. Cotterill's books do not disappoint. A great audio book read.

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  • Ms. Patty
  • 19-02-17

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.

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  • Proud Palisadian
  • 08-02-17

Light and Fanciful Story

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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.