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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (568 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yuri Rasovsky Narrator: Lorna Raver, Mark Bramhall, Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Long before Western writers had even conceived the idea of writing detective stories, the Chinese had developed a long tradition of literary works that chronicled the cases of important district magistrates. One of the most celebrated of these was Judge Dee, who lived in the seventh century AD.

This book, written anonymously in the eighteenth century, interweaves three of Judge Dee’s most baffling cases: a double murder among traveling merchants, the fatal poisoning of a bride on her wedding night, and the suspicious death of a shop keeper with a beautiful wife. The crimes take him up and down the great silk routes, into ancient graveyards where he consults the spirits of the dead, and through all levels of society, leading him to some brilliant detective work.

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  • Dee Goong An is artfully narrated by Mark Bramhall…He pronounces the Chinese names with assurance. His full-voiced reading is especially good with querulous old men and the stern Judge Dee. Highly recommended.”

    SoundCommentary.com

  • “Offers a glimpse of ancient Chinese society, illustrating the importance of rank and authority. Mark Bramhall reads with an appropriately formal air but relaxes when he portrays roadside ruffians and guilty widows.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 2/7/2014

    " Thank you Ken Fagan! I loved this book. The authenticity (it being a direct translation) was fascinating. And the authors prologue, discussing the format of the Chinese Murder Mystery and the role that the judge played in the cases was equally fascinating as well as refreshing. I would read this one again. Can't wait to pick up the original Judge Dee works from Van Gulik. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charlene | 12/12/2013

    " This is a translation from Chinese of a detective story. The time frame is the seventh century A.D. while the stories were written in the 18th century by some one well versed in Chinese legal code. It is well worth the time to read and refer to the translator's postscript. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Randy Hollenbach | 11/22/2013

    " A solid Confucian work. The Daoist and Confucian methods of investigation implemented by Judge Dee are impressive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben | 11/4/2013

    " An Authentic Eighteenth-Century Detective novel from China!! Does a pretty awesome job describing the justice system in traditional China. "

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