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A captivating and magical story set in 1930s Malaysia about a dance-hall girl and an orphan boy who are brought together by a series of unexplained deaths and an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk amongst us....

In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an 11-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master's severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth forever. 

Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dance-hall girl to pay her mother's debts. One night, Ji Lin's dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail. 

As time runs out for Ren's mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin's paths will cross in ways they will never forget.

Captivating and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores the rich world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and unexpected love. Woven through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a pause-resister of the highest order.

©2019 Yangsze Choo (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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The Night Tiger Audiobook

I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had of read it rather than listened to it as an audiobook. It took a long time for me to realise that each chapter were alternating characters and therefore it was hard to follow.
I’ll be reading this again, in book form.

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A good read

A good read but a little light. I like to work out some things for myself. Needs a twist

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I really wanted to like this

Enjoyed the narration by the author but the story left me feeling disappointed. Was really hoping it would get better but it just didn't happen.

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excellent

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The mystery and symmetry and the imagery were stimulating. The narrator was easy to listen to. I don't know if there is a second book or a series, but I will be keeping an eager eye out. There is certainly scope and set-up, enough, for it.

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I wanted to love it

I really wanted to love this book as I’ve been hoping for more authentic voices to come out of South East Asia, but in the end I found it rather forgettable. The characters didn’t resonate and the story was just not very believable.

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  • Vidar
  • 16-11-2019

Excellent performance by the author

Some great components came together to make for a very likable listening experience. I loved the way Chinese and Malay folklore was seamlessly woven into the story. I also loved the strong female character, Ji lin. The narrator did a fantastic job. Highly recommend!

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  • Sarah
  • 22-04-2019

A fantastic book!

I loved this book - I love the Asian history and traditions mixed in with intrigue and a loved story too. Brilliant!! Well worth it. I am heartbroken it is over x

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  • kk
  • 28-08-2019

Poor narration

Narrator's intonation is annoying. Pauses in wrong places. I couldn't stick with it even after changing the speed to see if it would help.

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  • Reader
  • 09-05-2020

Don't be put off by the narration

Initially I struggled with the strange stop/start, halting style of the narrator and didn't think I'd be able to keep listening. I'm so glad I persevered as I really enjoyed the story. The characters are very endearing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-03-2021

Beautiful

Just a little long but worth it was it's a beautiful story and so well read by the author

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  • Jay Byrd
  • 22-03-2021

Deep and occasionally steamy.

Loved it. Kept wishing I could stop doing everything else and find out what happened next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-2021

Good story, if you like everything tied up at the end this is for you!

Good start, then I wondered where it was all going, it meandered a little and I’m not sure whether the characters were developed enough to merit that.
However, about 1/2 to 2/3 through it really picked up again and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot right to the end.
Interesting too about Chinese culture and I thought the interplay between the living and the dead was really well done.
I would definitely recommend this book

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  • MichelleC
  • 20-01-2021

Beautiful

I loved this book. It transports you back in time to 1930’s Malaysia and weaves a mysterious tale of murder, love and ancient Chinese superstition. Beautifully written and narrated by the author, it will stay with me for a long time.

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  • moo
  • 08-01-2021

Twist and turns a plenty

This was a book full of great characters and a story line that weaves in and out connecting one with all

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  • anne
  • 20-12-2020

Loved it.

This is a charming mystery set in 1931 Malaya. It follows the struggle of Ji Lin,Ren and Shin as they attempt to deal with an amputated finger. Along the way there is the occasional murder and visit to the netherworld. The main characters are delightful company and give clear explanations of the old Malay traditions and superstitions which are intriguing and highlight where the Night Tiger stories come from. It’s beautifully narrated by Yangtze Choo herself. At first I was startled by her aristocratic “cut glass” accent. But it quickly grew on me and her transfer to Tamil and other eastern languages was very effective. I can’t believe that the book narration could be bettered! A Very well spent credit. Treat yourself to a trip to old
Malaya, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Sirius
  • 08-08-2020

Lovely concept but a bit obvious

I wonder if whether the author reading the book actually detracts away from some of the subtlety of the text.

The story itself is lovely, you can hear it has been written with the stage or screen in mind though

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2020

Interesting story but ending a bit disappointing

The story was very interesting and quite suspenseful. However, I thought the ending did not live up to the rest of the story. I felt a lot of ends were left loose and somehow the ending seemed rushed and inconsistent with tone of the remainder of the book.

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