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Publisher's Summary

Mr. Xie was recently hired by the Curly Haired Company. For a significant weekly allowance, he was required to sit in an office and copy articles from a book, while in the meantime his assistant looked after his shop. He had answered an advertisement in the paper and although hundreds of people applied, he was the only one selected because of his very curly hair. When the company unexpectedly closes, Mr. Xie visits Gao Ming (Sherlock Holmes) with his strange story. Gao Ming is certain something is not right, but will he solve the mystery in time?

Mandarin Companion is a series of easy-to-read novels in Chinese that are fun to read and proven to accelerate language learning. Every book in the Mandarin Companion series is carefully written to use characters, words, and grammar that a learner is likely to know.

Level 1 is written using approximately 300 unique Chinese characters and intended for Chinese learners at an upper-elementary level. Most learners will be able to approach this book after one to two years of formal study, depending on the learner and program. This series is designed to combine simplicity of characters with an easy-to-understand story line that helps beginners grow their vocabulary and language comprehension abilities.

Please note: This audiobook is in Mandarin Chinese.

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A way to become fluent in Chinese

Loved it! :)
Consolidates your Chinese
Helps to tune your mind to Chinese, speeds up your learning heaps
I listen to it while I go to sleep, definitley should try!

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  • Jorge Toledo Toledo
  • 07-03-2021

Happy learning mandarin

I am learning with this amazing tool, the voice is clear and the pronunciation very understandable

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  • Keith Hayden
  • 17-10-2020

Great for Chinese learners!

Had fun with this book! It really helped my ability to understand spoken Chinese!

I listened while reading the e-book to get more out of it. Great read

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  • gershom
  • 10-08-2020

Great listening for HSK2

I recommend this to any Chinese learner at a beginner/intermediate level working on listening skills. The performance also has some fun with sound effects toward the end that are worth catching.

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  • J. G.
  • 10-06-2019

Overall very good; but chapter numbering confusion

I liked this a lot, but wanted to point out that there is a chapter numbering discrepancy. What is displayed as Chapter 1 is just a short intro about the book and series. When that is completed then Chapter 2 is displayed and a narrator announces "Chapter 1", and this mismatch continues through to end of the book. Not a major issue once you understand, but if you are trying to match the audio to the Kindle e-book you might be confused.

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  • Warren B. Lammert
  • 09-06-2019

Great Tool for Chinese listening skills

Really helpful to have audio versions of the Mandarin Companion book series. Sherlock Holmes is entertaining and a good sustained but digestible story.

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  • tim
  • 15-07-2020

Useful if you are trying to learn the language.

The story is predictable, but that’s not really the point. It’s read in a clear, pleasant voice.

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  • Vorvayne
  • 03-07-2020

Ideal for learners, good fun

Loved this. The reading level of this book was a little easy for me but that made it ideal to practise listening. The narrator speaks slowly and clearly - maybe a little too slowly, but bumping the speed up to 1.1x solved that.

The story is quite entertaining, a good length, and got me to care about learning words like "newspaper" and "bank" which seem boring to learn our of context.

I hope Mandarin Companion release audiobooks for their level 2 readers at some point.

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