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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mo Hayder Narrator: Josephine Bailey, Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9781400171620
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With the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder's The Devil of Nanking, takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century's most brutal events: the Nanking Massacre. A young Englishwoman obsessed with an indecipherable past, Grey comes to Tokyo seeking a lost piece of film footage of the notorious 1937 Nanking Massacre, footage some say never existed. Only one man can help Grey. A survivor of the massacre, he is now a visiting professor at a university in Tokyo. But he will have nothing to do with her. So Grey accepts a job in an upmarket nightspot, where a certain gangster may be the key to gaining the professor's trust. An old man in a wheelchair surrounded by a terrifying entourage, the gangster is rumored to rely on a mysterious elixir for his continued health. Taut, gritty, sexy, and harrowing, The Devil of Nanking is an incomparable literary thriller set in one of the world's most fascinating cities-Tokyo-from an internationally best-selling author. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Devil of Nanking is the kind of novel that invites excessive praise. It is beautifully written and often fascinating, and it has a powerful historical hook.

    Washington Post

  • “This novel of wartime atrocities by the Japanese in China benefits from the narration of two accomplished narrators… Bailey is haunting…[and] Vance is…calm, introspective, but equally obsessed.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the 2006 AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sidney Stumplewick | 2/10/2014

    " Hate intermittent flash backs. Good informational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona Lane | 2/9/2014

    " I would not normally choose to read a thriller which borders on the horror side of writing. However I am so glad that I was encouraged to read this. The book took an interesting approach of someone with very little worldly sense and showed the horrors of the war crimes committed in Nankin as she could uncover them. Along side this you have her supporting her journey of discovery and the man who has the answers and his journey in to being able to share his knowledge with her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jest | 2/8/2014

    " This book has flaws but the final paragraph is so poignant that I'm still thinking about it a week later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/5/2014

    " Like the intense thrillers by Philip Kerr, The Devil of Nanking is a sophisticated suspense story that delves deep into the darkness of the human psyche. An English woman travels to Japan in search of rare film footage from the Nanking Massacre in 1937. Her quest leads her on a harrowing journey through the Tokyo underworld. Mo Hayder, with precision and an eye for historical detail, has crafted a haunting and stunning story of terrible beauty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronica | 2/5/2014

    " agonizing, dark, and fabulous. "tilt your face towards the sun because ... in this world none of us has very long." The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bharti | 2/2/2014

    " Before this I never knew about Nanking and it is so so so sad of whatever happened there. Even though its fictional the history facts of Nanking is true. The author wrote it in a very simple way but in a good way. I recommend this book to the readers out there. Its worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/28/2014

    " Suspense, horror, edge of your seat action! All in one book. I have read several books by Mo Hayder and this one is by far my favorite. It starts off a little slow, but once the plot and characters are established (about 40 pages in) then it sort of takes off. The story is told through multiple narrators alternating back and forth from 1937 to present-day. I have had it on my TBR list for several years and can not imagine that I waited this long to read it. It is definitely a hit and should not be missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Morris | 1/21/2014

    " Great read incorporating fact and fiction. Mo pulls no punches when it comes to graphic content and I find all her books exciting and hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/20/2014

    " very different. not for everyone "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ness | 1/15/2014

    " Spine-tingling and creepy. Thrillers are not usually in my forte, but I plowed through this one. Still not sure if this was because it was so good or because I wanted it to be over with... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Motorcycle | 1/5/2014

    " Not quite as Mary Higgins Clark-ly suspenseful as Mary Higgins Clark, whose writing I hate. Less successfully hated isn't so bad I guess. But I really didn't like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 12/16/2013

    " a must-read! i loved this book, keeps you guessing and has some crazyy shit going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/15/2013

    " This book is sooooo gloriously weird. A young girl goes in search of the truth of the invasion of China by the Japanese. I have read that these horrific crimes encountered by the people of Nanking are actually true. It is a very disturbing book but well worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robb | 8/29/2013

    " ghoulish. cliffhangers at end of nearly every chapter either build tension or numb you from it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda882 | 6/11/2013

    " Very slow going until the end. Found the jumps between the 2times/stories frustrating "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carinna | 4/6/2013

    " It was a page-turner, that I'll give you, but definitely not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 2/21/2013

    " A good, creepy read with a very unusual protagonist driven by a very unusual history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 9/27/2012

    " Probably one of the most disturbing, thought provoking novels that I've ever read. Fascinating characters and history. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 8/24/2012

    " One of the most gripping book club selections I have ever read. Amazing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/8/2012

    " Memorable & disturbing. This is hard to put down - but also not too gory! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 3/24/2012

    " This was so interesting that I actually had to stop listening so I could research Nanking and it's history in 1937-1939. History calls it "The Forgotten Holocaust". And the reader on this audio is excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/1/2011

    " This is really two and half stars I think. I kept me on edge and I stayed up late to finish the thing - but in terms of decent character development and holy coincidence batman - it rates pretty poor on the credibility scale. Really relies on gore to do its thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 5/18/2011

    " Couldn't put it down, enough said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elkica | 4/18/2011

    " I like the way the way everything is set and how creepy feeling that seeps through the setting as the story progresses. Very well done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 3/4/2011

    " A page-turner, interesting material, but so implausible. I never learned enough about the narrator's past to sympathize with her or understand the obsession that drives her through this plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 2/18/2011

    " This was so interesting that I actually had to stop listening so I could research Nanking and it's history in 1937-1939. History calls it "The Forgotten Holocaust". And the reader on this audio is excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 1/17/2011

    " This book is now special to me, I do not believe I will ever read a better book then Tokyo! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carinna | 12/23/2010

    " It was a page-turner, that I'll give you, but definitely not for the faint of heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gill | 12/21/2010

    " Awesome. A real page-turner. Very original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/19/2010

    " Great read incorporating fact and fiction. Mo pulls no punches when it comes to graphic content and I find all her books exciting and hard to put down. "

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About the Author
Author Mo Hayder

Mo Hayder has worked as a filmmaker, Tokyo nightclub hostess, and English language teacher. She is the winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel for Gone and the 2011 Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library Award for outstanding body of work. She is also the author of Birdman, The Treatment, The Devil of Nanking, Pig Island, Ritual, Skin, and Hanging Hill. She lives in England.

About the Narrators

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.