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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ha Jin Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781524708405
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From the award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash comes an urgent, timely novel that follows an aspiring author, an outrageous book idea,and a lone journalist’s dogged quest for truth in the Internet age.

New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by the Chinese diaspora around the world. Danlin’s explosive exposés have made him legendary among readers—and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing: investigating his ex-wife, Yan Haili, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom.

Haili’s scheme infuriates Danlin both morally and personally—he will do whatever it takes to expose her as a fraud. But in outing Haili, he is also provoking her powerful political allies,and he will need to draw on all of his journalistic cunning to emerge from this investigation with his career—and his life—still intact. A brilliant,darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force of modern fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel includes nuanced debates on loyalty and identity…Jin also reveals an added talent, previously hidden, for savage satire.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A delicious satire…which should find its place alongside…the most unsettling books about the moral dimensions of modern journalism.”

    Washington Post

  • “Shows what happens when truthful stories hit the wall of Chinese politics, and it’s not pretty. At the same time…he affirms the value of fiction itself as…a powerful vehicle for the truths of our times.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Convincing as well as timely….[with] a powerful moral core.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “It feels like a miracle—and a splendid irony—that an immigrant writer can fashion a novel with such quintessentially American themes from the front lines of the Chinese diaspora.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Ha Jin adds wry humor to this powerful and timely tale about greed, betrayal, and the cost of freedom.”


  • “Ha Jin uses sly, black humor to underscore the high price of integrity, the consequences of betrayal, and the power of the written word.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “It’s laugh-out-loud funny while being as illuminating as ever…The reader shares the epiphanies of this pilgrim’s progress.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Takes aim at exploitative novels and international relations as he tells the story of Feng Danlin.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Edoardo Ballerini colors his performance with a well-crafted balance of earnestness, indignation, and naïveté, highlighting Danlin’s emotional state as he investigates the intersection of art and politics and contends with his unresolved feelings for Haili…Ballerini’s delivery takes on an appropriate hint of bitterness as Danlin begins to realize that not even his new U.S. citizenship can protect him from China’s manipulative power.”


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About the Author
Author Ha Jin

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of eight novels, four story collections, a book of essays, and six books of poetry. He received the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the Flannery O’Connor Award, among others. His novel War Trash was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2014 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is director of the creative writing program at Boston University.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini, an American writer, director, film producer, and actor, has won many awards for his audiobook narration. Within only a few years after beginning his narrating career, he won several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work and has since won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. He has narrated two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in The Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.