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Author: Mai Jia Narrator: Ryan Gesell Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780553398038
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One of China’s bestselling novels, an unusual literary thriller that takes us deep into the world of code breaking In his gripping debut novel, Mai Jia reveals the mysterious world of Unit 701, a top-secret Chinese intelligence agency whose sole purpose is counterespionage and code breaking. Rong Jinzhen, an autistic math genius with a past shrouded in myth, is forced to abandon his academic pursuits when he is recruited into Unit 701. As China’s greatest cryptographer, Rong discovers that the mastermind behind the maddeningly difficult Purple Code is his former teacher and best friend, who is now working for China’s enemy—but this is only the first of many betrayals. Brilliantly combining the mystery and tension of a spy thriller with the psychological nuance of an intimate character study and the magical qualities of a Chinese fable, Decoded discovers in cryptography the key to the human heart. Both a riveting mystery and a metaphysical examination of the mind of an inspired genius, it is the first novel to be published in English by one of China’s greatest and most popular contemporary writers. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An entirely original work—a mix of spy thriller, historical saga, and mathematical puzzle that somehow coheres into a powerful whole.”

    Financial Times

  • Decoded, the debut work of Mai Jia, breaks the mold…It stands out among Chinese novels for its pace, liveliness, and the sheer novelty of the tale it tells. It grips from the first page…It is an absolute joy to read.”

    Economist

  • Decoded is a subtle and complex exploration of cryptography, politics, dreams, and their significance…There is much of interest in this book, from the strange, superstitious beginning to the gradual decline of the Rong family as the twentieth century progresses…But, in the end, it is the complexity of the characters that is Decoded’s enduring pleasure.”

    Times Literary Supplement

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About the Narrator

Ryan Gesell is a film, television, and voice actor, as well as an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. His film credits include Crossing Over and A Perfect Getaway, and his television appearances include The Shield, Prison Break, Seventh Heaven, Passions, Boy Meets World, and numerous others. He has also appeared in a number of commercials and public service announcements, as well as Internet shorts and webisodes.