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Private Dancer

Narrated by: David Thorpe, Jilly Bond
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Thailand 1996. The Year of The Rat. Pete, a young travel writer, wanders into a Bangkok go-go bar and meets the love of his life. Joy is the girl of his dreams, young, stunningly pretty, and one of the Zombie Bar's top-earning pole dancers.

What follows is a roller-coaster ride of sex, drugs, and deception, as Pete discovers that his very own private dancer is not all she claims to be. And that far from being the girl of his dreams, Joy is his own personal nightmare.

©2005 Stephen Leather (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd

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the female voice of joy is rediculous.

Im not sure if Joy sounds Jamaican, African , Asian or European or maybe its a mix of all. The lady who reads Joys part is obviously english with no idea of how a Thai lady sounds! Her Thai accent it terrible!!! I had to stop listening.

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Great read, especially if your familiar with the fit and the industry!

Really enjoyed this book, I know many of the places and mindsets discussed which makes it even more pleasurable, Also good narration which makes or breaks a book here on Audible

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  • jackrabit
  • 16-05-2015

right on the money <br />

I live in thailand ,this story hits home, and will recommend it to all friends.

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  • Richard Armeson
  • 15-07-2016

For anyone that's ever been to Thailand...

You'll relive so many experiences... A must read for anyone that is considering the trip!!!

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  • M. Parker
  • 21-09-2018

Spot on!

I listened to story while vacationing in Bangkok, a one minute walk from Nana plaza. Yes, Nana plaza has the prettiest girls and if you are not careful, you can lose quite a bit of money and more if not careful.

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  • Bjorn Robertson
  • 27-07-2015

Simply fantastic. An utter masterpiece of writing.

An unforgettable story which rings so true it's spooky. Also brilliantly performed by Thorpe and Bond. Highly recommended.

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  • Reed Ramlow
  • 08-08-2020

Excellent Tale of the Bangkok Night Trade

Excellent tale stemming from the Bangkok night trade. The novel’s protagonist, Pete, an English travel writer, is on a negative character arc. The reader ends up rooting for the source of his troubles, the Nana Plaza bar girl, Joy, whom Pete professes to love. But as his Brit friends in the novel might say, what a wanker he is. I “read” this on Audible. Great narration by David Thorpe and Jilly Bond, both of whom capture the “farang” and Thai voices very well. It was a fantastic read, kudos to the author, Stephen Leather. I am now reading Bangkok Bob and the Missing Mormon by Leather, which is even more fun.

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  • MichaelM
  • 10-01-2020

Excellent narration, and very good story

Really enjoyed that they used the two narrators for the male and female parts of the story. I live in Thailand, and while this story was set a couple decades back, it all still rings very true. Any westerner hoping to find love in Thailand, would do well to have a listen. The story itself was good. If you enjoy the setting, you might enjoy the series of books by John Burdett, starting with Bangkok 8.

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  • Ann D
  • 20-08-2015

Excellent! Couldn't put it down.

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I read lots of reviews on this (on Goodreads etc) before purchasing it. Some hated it, those wanting lots of detailed sex, and those for whom the sleazy context and incidents were too much. I was struck by the reviews of many readers who have lived in Bangkok and recognised this as an accurate account. Although the characters were not richly drawn insofar as we learned little about them other than what was happening day-to-day and their views on it. However, this did not detract from the story at all. This was all about exploring the psychosocial relationships in and around the sex industry in Bangkok. I don't Like spoilers and I won't give them here. Suffice to say that Pete was a somewhat sympathetic character early on, but for me, later, not so much. Joy, on the other hand seemed entirely predatory at first, but later I had learned enough to see that her motivation was not malicious. This book is entertaining, gripping, often uncomfortable listening/reading, but more thought provoking and illuminating than anything I have read or listened to before. The ending is not predictable and the narration is perfect.

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  • Richard Holden
  • 15-08-2020

good novel giving insight into thai culture

Provides insight into Bangkok nightlife scene, Thai culture and an accurate portrait of relationships between Thai ladies and foreigners. Well written and captivating.

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  • M.D.H
  • 15-06-2020

Thailand’s best book

The best book about Thailand by a mile. Nothing else comes close, it should be compulsory for any first timer going to Thailand to read this, they should really hand a copy out when boarding the plane. If anyone has stayed in Thailand for an extended period they will have met every character in this book. Read it, you won’t be disappointed

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  • Paul WH
  • 17-05-2020

great storyline

after living as a expat in Bangkok I could fully relate to the story. a blast from the past

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-10-2019

A Break From The Norm From Mr Leather.

Outstanding book that had me both laughing and cringing within a single paragraph. Brilliant narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-2019

Great story with too much repetition

I have to admit I was hooked at the start and then began to believe I had select a duff book. I kept going because I hate giving in on a book. After about a third of the way I was intrigued and annoyed in equal measure. There were times I felt I was listening to a training manual for the sex industry of Thailand. Points and issues were repeated over and over and I began to be frustrated by the main character. Then the book just got better and I was desperate to see how it panned out, and the pace hotted up like a thriller. With a number of shocks and twists on route. Narration was excellent with great characterisation. So a mixed bag but glad I traveled all the way with it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-2018

Dull and repetitive

Too long, boring and nothing much happens. Same phrases repeated over and over e.g. “ she was so cute”. Do grown men really talk like that?

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  • Arnoldo Townsend
  • 02-09-2018

Pretty informative listening for the uninitiated.

I found the book very informative and the voice performances were impressive. I think it would help new visitors to Thailand and give them a much needed grounding into the psyche of the characters their likely to run into when visiting and could help prevent a few pitfalls.

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  • Rover
  • 25-03-2018

Private Dancer.

I very nearly stopped listening to this book after a short time as it was so different from the authors other titles, of which I have read many. However, I am glad I didn't as I it turned out to be very good, albeit unusual. I did not see the ending coming !!

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  • PeeGee
  • 17-03-2018

Nearly didn’t buy it - wish I hadnt

What would have made Private Dancer better?

Not sticking with it all the way through - I don’t give up on a book - I should have this one

What will your next listen be?

Don’t know - been put off at the moment!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Thorpe and Jilly Bond ?

No idea

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Private Dancer?

Most of them

Any additional comments?

Repetition Repetition and a lame story