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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa See Narrator: Janet Song Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Red Princess Mysteries Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9780307749826
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“See paints a fascinating portrait of a complex and enigmatic society, in which nothing is ever quite as it appears, and of the people, peasant and aristocrat alike, who are bound by its subtle strictures.”
–San Diego Union-Tribune

While David Stark is asked to open a law office in Beijing, his lover, detective Liu Hulan, receives an urgent message from an old friend imploring her to investigate the suspicious death of her daughter, who worked for a toy company about to be sold to David’s new client, Tartan Enterprises.

Despite David’s protests, Hulan goes undercover at the toy factory in the rural village of Da Shui, deep in the heart of China. It is a place that forces Hulan to face a past she has long been running from. Once there, rather than finding answers to the girl’s death, Hulan unearths more questions, all of which point to possible crimes committed by David’s client. Suddenly Hulan and David find themselves on opposing sides: One of them is trying to expose a company and unearth a killer, while the other is ethically bound to protect his client. As pressures mount and danger increases, Hulan and David uncover universal truths about good and evil, right and wrong–and the sometimes subtle lines that distinguish them.

“[See] illuminates tradition and change, Western and Eastern cultural differences. . . . All this in the middle of her thriller which is also about greed, corruption, abuse of the disadvantaged, the desperation of those on the bottom of the food chain, and love.”
–The Tennessean

“Sophisticated . . . graceful . . . See’s picture of contemporary China’s relationship with the United States is aptly played out through her characters.”
Los Angeles Times

“Immediate, haunting and exquisitely rendered.”
–San Francisco Chronicle


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Immediate, haunting, and exquisitely rendered.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Sophisticated…graceful…See’s picture of contemporary China’s relationship with the United States is aptly played out through her characters.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “See paints a fascinating portrait of a complex and enigmatic society, in which nothing is ever quite as it appears, and of the people, peasant and aristocrat alike, who are bound by its subtle strictures.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “[See] illuminates tradition and change, Western and Eastern cultural differences…All this in the middle of her thriller which is also about greed, corruption, abuse of the disadvantaged, the desperation of those on the bottom of the food chain, and love.”

    Tennessean

  • The Interior is a surefooted exotic thriller in its own right, which will undoubtedly earn Lisa See as many new fans as the old ones it pleases.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “An absorbing look at an unfamiliar world.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyd | 2/19/2014

    " I love this series. I hope Lisa See brings Hulan and David back again.I am really glad I read Snow Flower and Peony first. The cultural attitudes are so interesting in how they have carried on throughout history. I find Chinese culture fascinating. I can't wait to read Shanghai Girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 2/4/2014

    " Listened to this audio book. I really enjoy the insight into the Chinese culture and this one focused on American factories in the interior of China. Lots of mayhem and murder and a twisting set of mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/31/2014

    " Great book--a lot of details about China and daily life and manners. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 1/31/2014

    " I did like these books, I am interested enough in Chinese culture to read them and think it was ok, but I wouldn't rave over it, in some ways they are a little predictable, but in general they are entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/25/2014

    " Ron - 4 stars; Nancy - 4 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/15/2014

    " Good detective type novel, but it is the background of China and the culture that makes it good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ceci | 1/12/2014

    " By far my favorite of the Red Princess series. All of her books give you a fascinating insight into Chinese culture, history, politics and the complexities of intra-cultural relationships all very subtly intertwined within a good story. I'm amazed and embarrassed at how little I knew about China but I very much look forward to learning more. I'm glad I discovered Lisa See and will definitely read all of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 12/28/2013

    " Interesting look at American manufacturing interest in China. Makes for an interesting case of murder and intrigue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Chan Margoles | 12/26/2013

    " I don't usually read mystery/detective like books but this book was able to keep me wanting to read till the end. I enjoyed how See is able to start out with a single event that not only develops but also allow you to follow another culture along with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 12/10/2013

    " Great book! As always, Lisa See creates a story and characters a reader loves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 11/9/2013

    " This is the second book in the "red princess" series. I didn't find the story as interesting as the first book, The Flower Net. But, it wasn't bad. I've heard the third, Dragon Bones, is the best in the series...so I'll keep going! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby Shoop | 9/10/2013

    " Inspector Liu Hulan and American atty partner David "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene Mushalko | 1/15/2013

    " Another great book. Could be made into a great movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/10/2012

    " Very interesting book about companies manufacturing goods in China! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Barthel | 8/21/2012

    " Loved this book from beginning to end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 8/9/2012

    " Wow! Living in the interior of China is so primitive and then working in the factories. We could all learn something about what we shop for and where it's made from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 6/11/2012

    " This book is based on killings and mystery, but the real interest of it is the insight into contemporary China with all the reverberations of its political past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Davidson | 11/10/2011

    " I love a good mystery that teaches me new things on the way. Very fun reading while in China. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jai Khatri | 7/12/2011

    " Lisa See is one of my favorite authors and I have read almost all of her books now. I read Flower Net first which is the sequel to The Interior. Both were very good mystery stories with a good window into Chinese culture, history, and social issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 9/22/2010

    " One of her first books and very forgetable. If you like 2nd rate intrigue you might enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miette | 8/11/2010

    " Interesting mix of cultures and story lines but not sure that it all combined together to make a coherent or satisfactory whole. Some sections were certainly full of suspense so that kept my interest going and made me want to finish the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/13/2010

    " The Interior by Lisa See (2000) "

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About the Author
Author Lisa See

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret FanFlower NetThe Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Janet Song is the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2008. Recent audiobooks include Euna Lee’s The World is Bigger Now and Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls. She lives and works in Southern California as an actor on stage and screen.