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Joseph Sherman first visits Saigon, the capital of French colonial Cochin-China, in 1925 on a hunting expedition with his father, a US senator. He is lured back again and again as a traveler, a soldier, and then as a reporter by his fascination for the exotic land and for Lan, a mandarin's daughter he cannot forget.

Over five decades, Joseph's life becomes enmeshed with the political intrigues of two of Saigon's most influential families, the French colonist Devrauxs, and the native Trans - and inevitably with Vietnam's turbulent, war torn fate. He is there when the hatred of a million coolies rises against the French, and when the French Foreign Legion fights it's bloody last stand at Dien Bien Phu.

©2016 Anthony Grey (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Duane V Bowman
  • 31-03-17

Epic Story

Having served in Viet Nam, I instantly got caught up in the story. Tragic characters and events abound. Much like the main character, I can't seem to get the place out of my mind.

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  • MichaelM
  • 06-03-21

Excellent

I grew up during the Vietnam war, but I was too young to really understand what was going on. This book was an excellent way to understand the last two centuries of Vietnam. If you are interested in the French involvement in Vietnam, American involvement. Who Ho Chi Minh is. Why Vietnam is communist, or at least part of that history. All told with an interesting story centered around one man, who starts his Vietnam adventure on a hunting expedition as a young boy, and then has various jobs, sometimes in the military, sometimes not, that bring him in and out of Vietnam during critical points in history, if those things sound like something you would enjoy, this book is for you.

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  • R. Marchand
  • 15-10-20

A mixed bag

Well-researched history, but plot and characters were a bit too soap opera-y for me. Romances felt cliché and dated. Love, for the main character, is rooted in physical beauty and snap impressions based on that. Improbable coincidences abound. Narrator's Virginia accent was atrocious. I cringed every time he added an "R" to the end of words ending with an "A." WTH?? I guess he was patterning himself after the Boston/JFK accent. Totally inappropriate for an old guard Virginia senator and his family.

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  • Monie
  • 13-02-20

Great book!

One of the hundereds of books I have read and very close to the best!

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  • Pavla Ticha
  • 06-05-19

Amazing story with real historical background

I was suprised how quickly the 32 hours had passed. The story is wonderful, it coverst many aspects of the Vietnamese history and one can see the author’s great effort to be also historicly accurate and ballanced concerning this topic, as many English written literature offers only the USA view, especially on the Vietnamese war or the leadership of the North Vietnam.

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  • Ashleigh Craft
  • 10-04-18

Highly exceeded my expectations

If you are looking for a good long listen than look no further. this one will not disappoint, in the least. Kept me interested from start to finish.

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  • BDHumbert
  • 11-05-17

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5 stars - just not long enough - and there are some long stretches of 1/2 stars. But overall it is a fascinating look at a country that we Americans never understood very well. Too bad so many had to die for a cause that was lost before the first American soldier set foot in Vietnam

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  • Everard (Desert Islander)
  • 13-12-16

Somewhat disappointing.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I read this book back in the 70's and it captured my imagination so much that I never forgot it. However, the narration of this audiobook was in my opinion appalling.
I have always recommended reading this book to others, but I would not recommend anyone to listen to this.

If you’ve listened to books by Anthony Grey before, how does this one compare?

I read this paperback in the 70's, but this is the only one I have listened to. That said, I would not care to listen to anymore. I found this narration patronizing and irritating.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gordon Griffin?

James Adams comes to mind.

Was Saigon worth the listening time?

No

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-11-16

Excellent

So sad that the French, Chinese, Japanese and the US were so horrible as to invade this country

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  • 19-11-16

The real story behind history of my own time.

A beautifully crafted story that brought history to life...and opened my eyes to our real government during trying times. Sad.

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  • V. Mak
  • 21-03-19

Brilliant. Just buy it!!!!

Brilliant story based on a 2 families' experience over the turbulent period of Vietnam's history. Masterly weaving the story around actual events, historically accurate. Engrossing and moving, Portraying the madness of war from all sides but particularly how the West lost its way in the course of events. Brilliantly read, a tour de force marathon performance by Gordon Griffin who acts a bewildering cast of characters. Did not want this to end. Just buy this and lose yourself in the sweltering jungles of Vietnam for several days. You will not regret it.

Just ripe for a Netflix/Amazon serial.

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  • Robert J. Punton
  • 02-03-21

Magnicent

Great story spanning years and a country's history. Brilliantly woven and read Really recommend you take the time to enjoy.

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  • A s Richardson
  • 24-08-19

A must

If you like history this is a must to have in your collection, entertaining and full of historical facts.. I have learnt so much

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-19

FANTASTIC!

Exceptional story, well read, I could picture everything and everyone, this story held me in its grasp from the very start. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-02-19

Great book.

Loved it. Fiction but with a little factual content. Good mix of three intertwined families.

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  • Anthony
  • 29-12-17

Very informative

Gave me a chance to really appreciate the complexity of how the vietnam war came about and the Americans involvement worthwhile listen

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  • Mark
  • 04-02-18

Captivating in history and tale.

Saigon was first purchased over 20 years ago. Revisiting this as an audio book filled in the memories I had from my reading and more. Gordon Griffin is a true master of his craft, I now follow his readings. 37 hours of intriguing story that never stops unravelling. What happened after! Why did it have to end? I’m going to Vietnam and I’m sure the story will go with me.