Jade Dragon Mountain

Jade Dragon Mountain

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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On the mountainous border of China and Tibet in 1708, a detective must learn what a killer already knows: that empires rise and fall on the strength of the stories they tell. Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the Emperor himself. When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing. Everyone has secrets: the ambitious magistrate, the powerful consort, the bitter servant, the irreproachable secretary, the East India Company merchant, the nervous missionary, and the traveling storyteller who can't keep his own story straight. Beyond the sloping roofs and festival banners, Li Du can see the mountain pass that will take him out of China forever. He must choose whether to leave, and embrace his exile, or to stay, and investigate a murder that the town of Dayan seems all too willing to forget.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781427264558
1427264554
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (11 hr., 37 min., 27 sec.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Shih, David (Actor)

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berryused
May 07, 2019

Jade Dragon Mountain is a delight for any cozy mystery fan!! The clues are delicately sprinkled throughout the book and the characters are so rich that you might feel that you knew them. Something that I personally enjoyed was getting to the point where I was sure I knew what was going to happen and then finding out there was more to meet the eye... I also enjoyed the bits of history that were in the book. I don't recall learning much about China and it's history when I was in school so getting a little of China's past is very interesting and it added a richness to the book. It's read by David Shih. David does a great job of lending distinct personalities to each of the characters and I'm looking forward to the next Li Du audio book. Great stuff!!

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gina51
May 29, 2017

I checked out the audio because I couldnt get large print. I thought the story was too dragged out and talky. I have read the authors second book first, as it happens and really enjoyed it. To me, it is the better story. The white mirror.

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val1
Dec 08, 2016

As with the comment below, I really enjoyed listening to this book. It engaged and engrossed me pretty much from the start. It's a wonderful first book from this author...I look forward to many more from her!

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mzch
Nov 02, 2015

Great story + terrific narration + clean language = Audio book love! Jade Dragon Mountain is a classic whodunit nestled in just enough ancient Chinese history and tradition to leave the reader feeling like her horizons have been broadened just a bit. Unlike 99% of adult audio books, I was able to listen to this one with my tweens. I loved it and hope you will, too.

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