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The Night Tiger

A Novel
Written by: Yangsze Choo
Narrated by: Yangsze Choo
Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"Choo narrates this richly complex novel herself, her gorgeous writing delivered in a voice that is deep and precise and lovely, both British and not quite. Her tone and words transport us...." (San Francisco Chronicle

This program is read by the author. 

A sweeping historical audiobook about a dance hall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dance hall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for. 

Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: that Ren find the man’s finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever. 

As the days tick relentlessly by, a series of unexplained deaths wracks the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren’s increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes. 

Yangsze Choo's The Night Tiger pulls us into a world of servants and masters, age-old superstition and modern idealism, sibling rivalry and forbidden love. But anchoring this dazzling, propulsive audiobook is the intimate coming of age of a child and a young woman, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible. 

©2019 Yangsze Choo (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"A work of incredible beauty.... Astoundingly captivating and striking in its portrayal of love, betrayal, and death, The Night Tiger is a transcendent story of courage and connection." (Booklist, starred review)

“Choo has written a sumptuous garden maze of a novel that immerses readers in a complex, vanished world.” (Kirkus, starred review)

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  • lauren sylvan
  • 2019-02-15

gripping to the last page!

A novel with everything. Exotic setting skillfully intertwined with dark folk legends, endearing characters mired in realistically complicated situations, and mystery piled on mystery, twists and turns and even romance. well done!

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  • William
  • 2019-02-17

Duo moly Delightful

Well written and she narrates her work perfectly.

I must admit without spoiling anything, I do love a good and tightly written ending.

Well played Ms. Choo

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  • Ian Macdonald
  • 2019-03-19

very satisfying

If this were just a romance novel, or a mystery, or a supernatural adventure in an exotic realm, this book might be a bit tame. But it's all of those and it's a treat. Reading her own work, with all the languages and deep identification with the culture, Yangsze Choo delivers pitch perfect characters with beautiful voicing. Thumbs up!

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  • Susan
  • 2019-03-18

Interesting and original

I would classify this book as "magical realism," a genre I generally don't like. But "The Night Tiger" was very compelling in many ways. I'd recommend reading it, rather than listening to it, because there are a lot of characters with non-western names. It is easy to confuse them, especially in a story as complicated as this one.

I gave the narrator only three stars only because she had a tendency to pause in the middle of phrases. That did a disservice to the writing. She did a good job with giving the characters different voices.

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  • Missamerika90
  • 2019-03-18

Couldn't finish this one...

Spoiler alert. Even though they were step-siblings and not biologically related, I just couldn't keep reading once a sex scene came up. The whole story, this girl keeps reminding the reader that he is her (step)brother, so I was too disgusted to continue. I got kind of far, too, holding out to figure out why it was such a 5 star book. Not to me.

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  • Jennifer Oki
  • 2019-03-18

A Must Read!

An enjoyable book and narrative by the author is a great way to listen to this book. The description of the food makes you mouth watering:)

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  • Eljaybee
  • 2019-03-12

Another time another place

An excellent novel greatly enhanced by the author’s narration. A romance, a mystery, with significant supernatural elements in an intimate portrayal of the culture in colonial Malaysia.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-04

Interesting to learn about Cinesse superstitions.

The story seem to be circular and told repeatedly. The reader was excellent and believable.

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  • phyncke
  • 2019-03-04

Amazing magical story

This was a wonderful story of Malaysia in the 1930s and weaves mystical magical elements into the narrative in a wonderful way. The author reads this audible and does a fabulous job bringing it to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-19

Enjoyable historical fiction

I loved the Ghost Bride, and was excited when The Night Tiger came out. The blend of emotional realism and folklore works well here, and I enjoyed anticipating the ways the different characters would eventually weave together. I didn't find the resolution quite as satisfying as the build up, but the book held my interest the entire time. Also, I am usually wary of author read works, but Choo is a worthy narrator of her own writing and kept me engaged with the characters and the story.