Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Dee Goong An)

  • by Robert van Gulik
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Mark Bramhall, Yuri Rasovsky, Lorna Raver
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Long before Western writers had even conceived the idea of writing detective stories, the Chinese had developed a long tradition of literary works that chronicled the cases of important district magistrates. One of the most celebrated of these was Judge Dee, who lived in the seventh century. This book, written anonymously in the 18th century, interweaves three of Judge Dee's most baffling cases: a double murder among traveling merchants, the fatal poisoning of a bride on her wedding night, and the suspicious death of a shop keeper with a beautiful wife.
The crimes take him up and down the great silk routes, into ancient graveyards where he consults the spirits of the dead, and through all levels of society, leading him to some brilliant detective work.


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Customer Reviews

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So awful it was almost good!

Well, this is listed as illustrating 'some brilliant detective work' .... well the judge seems to be ruled by what he 'felt' about the particular accused - no logical evidence shown - in fact it was so 'naff' that I almost enjoyed it! He was guided to his judgements by an explicit dream - which had to be explained to him by his sergeant.

One REALLY irritating point though - the narrator would insist on talking about the 'constipals' rather that 'constables' and I found this really annoying.

I bought this as part of an offer - thank goodness I didn't go to town using up my valuable credits. I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone!
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- mollyeyre

Great book great narration.

judge dee books are a great read. They capture a China echoes of which can still be seen today.
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- lawrence gray

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.