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Summary

A captivating and magical story set in 1930s Malaysia about a dance-hall girl and an orphan boy who are brought together by a series of unexplained deaths and an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk amongst us....

In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an 11-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master's severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth forever. 

Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dance-hall girl to pay her mother's debts. One night, Ji Lin's dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail. 

As time runs out for Ren's mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin's paths will cross in ways they will never forget.

Captivating and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores the rich world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and unexpected love. Woven through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a pause-resister of the highest order.

©2019 Yangsze Choo (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • kk
  • 28-08-19

Poor narration

Narrator's intonation is annoying. Pauses in wrong places. I couldn't stick with it even after changing the speed to see if it would help.

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Don't be put off by the narration

Initially I struggled with the strange stop/start, halting style of the narrator and didn't think I'd be able to keep listening. I'm so glad I persevered as I really enjoyed the story. The characters are very endearing.

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An adult fairy tale

Being born in Malaysia, I found this book- storyline, characters, description of life in pre-independence Malaya-thoroughly enjoyable. It reminded me of the bedtime stories my mum used to read me as a kid, and having this read to me as an Audible book has temporarily made me feel like a child again! I sometimes get distracted when I listen to audiobooks but this story had me gripped from the first word. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I loved it.

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Beautiful

Just a little long but worth it was it's a beautiful story and so well read by the author

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Good story, if you like everything tied up at the end this is for you!

Good start, then I wondered where it was all going, it meandered a little and I’m not sure whether the characters were developed enough to merit that.
However, about 1/2 to 2/3 through it really picked up again and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot right to the end.
Interesting too about Chinese culture and I thought the interplay between the living and the dead was really well done.
I would definitely recommend this book

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Enchanting Journey

What an absolutely riveting foray into another earth space and time. I was mesmerised by the story, and the narrative cleverly mixed Malaysian, social mores and values with the almost supernatural, to create an intense, richly woven, narrative. I especially like Ji Lin's boldness, and her forward thinking/feminist, mindset. All the characters wete expertly developed, and immersed me from start to finish.

Besutifully written/observed, exquisitely imagined, and a fascinating glimpse of an interesting culture, of whichI had no knowledge.

Excellent read.

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really good and different

don't be put off by the reviews about the narration ,I nearly was .I thought the story and the narration excellent will read more by this author

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unusual and beguiling tale

a lovely slow burning magical tale of love, murder and more which will captivate the reader.

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Is it wrong to fancy your step brother?

Really immersive book with great insight into Chinese beliefs and traditions. Couldn't stop listening even in spite of questionable sexy bits.

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Great story - poor narration

I am absolutely struggling to get through this wonderfully written and immersive story, primarily due to the author performing the narration. Her voice is fine but rather posh British which I deem ok for the narration, but the vocal performances are high pitched and really grating. Sounds like a Punch and Judy show! She doesn’t nail the Malaysian accents at all, despite putting emphasis on place names and cultural nouns well. I might read it instead as I truly think this is a very beautiful and intricate book, but I can’t continue to listen any longer.

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  • 29-01-22

A good, tense mystery, but...

I liked it. It was good. But I can't tell what the main story-line was or why it changed between first person and third person perspective. Still, a good story, fast-paced at the right places, and I really liked the difference between the locals and the English.

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  • Vidar
  • 16-11-19

Excellent performance by the author

Some great components came together to make for a very likable listening experience. I loved the way Chinese and Malay folklore was seamlessly woven into the story. I also loved the strong female character, Ji lin. The narrator did a fantastic job. Highly recommend!

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  • Sarah
  • 22-04-19

A fantastic book!

I loved this book - I love the Asian history and traditions mixed in with intrigue and a loved story too. Brilliant!! Well worth it. I am heartbroken it is over x