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how disappointing to change narrator. the first four of these books were read by Peter Forbes and he is an excellent narrator. There is nothing extrinsically bad about Simon Vance's narration but he is just not as good as Peter Forbes. I enjoyed the series and I have no doubt that Peter May will be writing more but I feel they are formulaic and more of a money spinning effort than his excellent Scottish series. I felt the first book, The Firemaker, was as good as the Scottish books but I do not feel that they have quite kept up the standard. Still good and worth listening to, entertaining and enjoyable but bring back Peter Forbes.
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Like these characters, the clash of cultures, life in Beijing. This is all done well as in the previous China stories. But the storyline is too sensationalist and implausible - yet again. Keep it simple.
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Story was less believable than may's later novels. Well written but the story line lacked real interest. I don't recommend this read. The setting was of interest and the main characters draws the reader in but the actual narrative was weak. Other "Chinese Thriller" books may be fine as the novelty of the Chinese police procedure and depth of the main characters form an excellent base upon which a good mystery could be based but this isn't the one. Mike
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