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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (533 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Shors Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Critically acclaimed novelist John Shors’ travels in Asia add texture to this affecting tale of two Americans in Vietnam. A tale of sacrifice, rebirth, and above all inspiration, Dragon House connects with readers on the most human of all levels. When Iris’ father, a Vietnam vet, makes a dying wish that she take over the operation of a shelter for street children in Ho Chi Minh City, she agrees—and takes with her her long-time friend Noah, an Iraq War veteran. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Amid the wreckage of what’s known in Vietnam as the ‘American War,’ Shors has set his sprawling, vibrant novel. All of his characters—hustlers, humanitarians, street children—carry wounds, visible or otherwise. And in the cacophony of their voices, he asks that most essential questions: ‘How can we be better?’”

    David Oliver Relin, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Three Cups of Tea

  • “In a large cast of appealing characters, the street children are the heart of this book; their talents, friendships, and perils keep you turning the pages.”

    Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club

  • “Shors has written a wonderful novel about two American lives shaped by an encounter with the lives of the Vietnamese people in this present age, decades after that country has faded from the ongoing clamor of news in this country. For that very reason, Shors transcends politics and headlines and finds the timeless and deeply human stories that are the essence of enduring fiction. This is strong, important work from a gifted writer.”

    Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

  • “There is a tenderness in this moving, deeply descriptive novel that brings all those frequently hidden qualities of compassion, purity of mind, and, yes, love—the things we used to call the human spirit—into the foreground of our feeling as readers. This is a beautiful heart speaking to us of the beautiful world we could and should find, even in the darkness that so often floods the world with fear.”

    Gregory David Roberts, bestselling author of Shantaram

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicole Biddison | 2/18/2014

    " A great read since I can picture the story in my head having been to HCMC before. Some of the narrative and character development is a bit rushed instead of having a more natural growth progression to it. Overall, a feel good book that inspires me to do more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kc Bowler | 2/16/2014

    " Dragon House is without a doubt the best book I read in 2009. An amazing novel of two people who set out to make a difference. This story is set in modern-day Vietnam, and I really enjoyed learning about this country. Such a wonderful book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Barbara Higgins | 1/31/2014

    " Interesting setting, poor writing. There are other books about Vietnam that are much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenny | 1/23/2014

    " excellent book! highly recommend reading it! "

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About the Author
Author John Shors

John Shors is an international bestselling author whose work has won numerous awards and been translated into twenty-six languages. He traveled extensively throughout Asia after graduating from Colorado College in 1991, living for several years in Japan, where he taught English, and then trekking across the continent, visiting ten countries and climbing the Himalayas. More recently he worked as a newspaper reporter in his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa, before entering public relations and moving to Boulder, Colorado. John encourages reader feedback and can be easily reached via his website at johnshors.com.