Whispering Shadows: A Novel Audiobook, by Jan-Philipp Sendker Play Audiobook Sample

Whispering Shadows: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: George Newbern Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781442382718

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Longest Chapter Length:

43:52 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

32 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

17:03 minutes

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Publisher Description

The first in a suspenseful new trilogy by the internationally bestselling author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, this gripping story follows a retired expat journalist in contemporary China who tries to crack a murder case as he battles his own personal demons.

American expat Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious advisor, dedicated father, and loving husband. But after living for nearly thirty years in Hong Kong, personal tragedy strikes and Paul’s marriage unravels in the fallout.

Now Paul is living as a recluse on an outlying island of Hong Kong. When he makes a fleeting connection with Elizabeth, a distressed American woman on the verge of collapse, his life is thrown into turmoil. Less than twenty-four hours later, Elizabeth’s son is found dead in Shenzhen, and Paul, invigorated by a newfound purpose, sets out to investigate the murder on his own.

As Paul, Elizabeth, and a detective friend descend deeper into the Shenzhen underworld—against the wishes of a woman with whom Paul has had a flirtation—they discover dark secrets hidden beneath China’s booming new wealth. In a country where rich businessmen with expensive degrees can corrupt the judicial system, the potential for evil abounds.

Part love story, part crime thriller, The Whisper of the Shadow is the captivating tale of one man’s desperate search for redemption within the vice of a world superpower, a place where secrets from the past threaten to upend the country’s unchecked drive towards modernization.

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“[A] fascinating exploration of Chinese and Hong Kong society and life. Recommended for those who love international mysteries, of course, but also for readers who will appreciate the lush descriptions of a beautiful country and culture.”

— Library Journal 


  • “An absorbing mystery set in a Hong Kong tourists only glimpse—the dark underside of a money-making beehive trying to find its place in a cynically corrupt new China. Vivid and knowing.”

    — Joseph Kanon, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A darkly beautiful, heart-wrenching portrayal of the Cultural Revolution’s devastating social legacy.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “The story is rich with detail about Chinese culture and cuisine…Sendker’s descriptive passages are beautiful and absorbing…This novel explores a side of Hong Kong tourists rarely experience.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About Jan-Philipp Sendker

Jan-Philipp Sendker is an internationally bestselling author born in Hamburg in 1960. He was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Wall, a non?ction book about China. His ?rst novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, is an international bestseller, and the sequel, A Well-Tempered Heart, appeared in 2013. He lives in Berlin with his family.

About George Newbern

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.