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The Night Tiger

Narrated by: Yangsze Choo
Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Summary

A captivating and magical story set in 1930s Malaysia about a dance-hall girl and an orphan boy who are brought together by a series of unexplained deaths and an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk amongst us....

In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an 11-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master's severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth forever. 

Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dance-hall girl to pay her mother's debts. One night, Ji Lin's dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail. 

As time runs out for Ren's mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin's paths will cross in ways they will never forget.

Captivating and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores the rich world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and unexpected love. Woven through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a pause-resister of the highest order.

©2019 Yangsze Choo (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Lovely simple story with a bit of magic.

A lovely book which I would probably preferred to read than listen to. My criticism is the breathy, inflection of the narrator, which at times was very annoying.

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Enchanting Journey

What an absolutely riveting foray into another earth space and time. I was mesmerised by the story, and the narrative cleverly mixed Malaysian, social mores and values with the almost supernatural, to create an intense, richly woven, narrative. I especially like Ji Lin's boldness, and her forward thinking/feminist, mindset. All the characters wete expertly developed, and immersed me from start to finish.

Besutifully written/observed, exquisitely imagined, and a fascinating glimpse of an interesting culture, of whichI had no knowledge.

Excellent read.

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A sumptuous delight

A real treat.
Beautiful backdrop of 1930s Malaysia with its fascinating cultural history. With well rounded characters & Chinese-Malay folklore.
Didn't want this one to end.

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  • Sarah
  • 22-04-19

A fantastic book!

I loved this book - I love the Asian history and traditions mixed in with intrigue and a loved story too. Brilliant!! Well worth it. I am heartbroken it is over x