Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea: A Novel Audiobook, by Rita Chang-Eppig
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Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea: A Novel Audiobook

Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea: A Novel Audiobook, by Rita Chang-Eppig
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Release Date: May 30, 2023
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Read By: Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.38 hours at 2.0x Speed
Release Date: May 30, 2023
Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798212172745

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Longest Chapter Length:

55:38 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:26 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

17:47 minutes

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Publisher Description

For listeners of Outlawed, Piranesi, and The Night Tiger, a riveting, roaring adventure novel about a legendary Chinese pirate queen, her fight to save her fleet from the forces allied against them, and the dangerous price of power

When Shek Yeung sees a Portuguese sailor slay her husband, a feared pirate, she knows she must act swiftly or die. Instead of mourning, Shek Yeung launches a new plan: immediately marrying her husband’s second-in-command, and agreeing to bear him a son and heir, in order to retain power over her half of the fleet.

But as Shek Yeung vies for control over the army she knows she was born to lead, larger threats loom. The Chinese Emperor has charged a brutal, crafty nobleman with ridding the South China Seas of pirates, and the Europeans—tired of losing ships, men, and money to Shek Yeung’s alliance—have new plans for the area. Even worse, Shek Yeung’s cutthroat retributions create problems all their own. As Shek Yeung navigates new motherhood and the crises of leadership, she must decide how long she is willing to fight, and at what price, or risk losing her fleet, her new family, and even her life.

A book of salt and grit, blood and sweat, Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea is an unmissable portrait of a woman who leads with the courage and ruthlessness of our darkest and most beloved heroes.

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“It’s refreshing to see not only a mixed-gender crew but also a woman with a complicated relationship to motherhood, her intended place in the world, and her ambitions…Her adventures will make you want to take up the sword and learn to sail.”



  • “A refreshingly vivid adventure tale.”

    — Elle
  • “[An] epic adventure story that dabbles with magical realism.”

    — BookRiot
  • “In this swashbuckling saga, the Chinese Emperor, colonial European forces, and even the mythological sea goddess Ma-Zou attempt to thwart Shek Yeung’s plans at every turn, and she must battle fiercely for the world she believes in.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Will captivate readers’ imaginations…in this blend of high-stakes action and a complex character sketch of a fierce and wily leader.”

    — Shelf Awareness
  • “A debut novel inspired by the legendary career of one of history’s most successful pirates…with many moments of real lyrical beauty.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “A rollicking nineteenth-century adventure on the South China Sea…The plot is clever and serpentine, exploring questions of power, violence, gender, and fate. This is not to be missed.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “A riveting, heart-pounding exploration of ambition, grit, and…the fiery, magnetic Shek Yeung.”

    — Kirstin Chen, author of Counterfeit
  • “A pirate queen, a mother, a ruthless killer, and a loyal friend…an unforgettable heroine whose journey will keep readers hooked from beginning to end.”

    — Anna North, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Paints a complex portrait of one of history’s most powerful women. A gorgeous, vivid adventure.”

    — Erika Swyler, author of Light from Other Stars


  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Best New Books of Summer
  • A Chicago Review of Books Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2023
  • A Pick of Upcoming Books
  • A Literary Hub Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2023
  • The Rumpus Pick of Upcoming Novels
  • An Indie Next Recommendation for June
  • A Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Month
  • A Goodreads Pick of Upcoming Books
  • A BookRiot Pick of Top 10 Not-to-Miss Books

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About Rita Chang-Eppig

Rita Chang-Eppig received her MFA from NYU. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, Clarkesworld, The Santa Monica Review, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories 2021, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation/Vermont Studio Center, the Writers Grotto, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University. She lives in California.

About Emily Woo Zeller

Emily Woo Zeller is an artist, actor, dancer, choreographer, and voice artist who has won Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She began her voice-over career by voicing animation in Asia. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.