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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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If only I could have given this a 6 star !!!!

This book is hands down the best read in 2019. I actually didn't want to finish this one. The writing is so so good and you will be lost in the world of Ren and Li Jin. I loved the narration too.
6 🌟 out of 5!!!!

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Splendid

Simply loved it... difficult to stop listening. Beautiful story line.
You can visualize every bit of detail as the author herself narrates the story in clear and simple use of vocabulary.
Definitely recommend it to people who love a combination of mystery and romance...

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Absolutely amazing!

Brilliantly written and Brilliantly narrated. One of the most enchanting stories I've listened to. So glad i used my credit on this one 😊

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Engrossing story with a wonderful narration!

Enjoyed listening to this story quite a bit. Set in 1930s colonial/British-ruled Malaysia, or Malaya as it was known, this is an engrossing story that combines myths, folklore and modern ideas.
The twist at the end is so subtle, yet powerful and unexpected that it catches you totally by surprise.
I also enjoyed the play on the 5 Confucian virtues.
The narration by the author gives it a whole different depth. Ms. Choo has voiced the different characters so well that I can almost picture all of them.

The one thing I didn't like was the romance between the girl and her step-brother, which I found to be wholly unrelated and honestly, quite irrelevant to the story.

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Enriching and gripping

Such a beautiful and craftily written tale of 5 people whose lives get connected to each other in strange ways. wonderful narration too.

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Entertaining

It has the story of love ..loss...friendship.. divorce.. miscarriage... murder...mystery...
It's a complete package. Narration gets more and more better as we move forward

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Brilliant audiobook

This book is enchanting in a way. The narration by author Yangsze Choo is absolutely on point. The story is easy going still captivating. Trust me, once you start, you wouldn't want to stop.

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Delightful!

It is both a light and thoroughly engaging book, replete with characters that are absolutely wonderful. The narration really adds to the experience of the book, I think this is one of the few books that work better as audio than on paper.

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  • NP
  • 03-08-20

An enthralling story

The Night Tiger provides a great insight into Chinese and Malaysian superstitions. The story overall was very entertaining and the narration was good too.

I absolutely loved Ren and his relationship with Ahlong. While Ji Lin was a character I could sympathize with, I personally wasn't in favor of the way her story ends.

Overall, the book is worth a listen. There was never a boring moment.

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engaging and enjoyable story

Just read The Night Tiger by Yangtze Choo. It was a delightful read. After a long time I read a book which was impossible to put down.

The story takes place in Malaysia. The main proganist is a girl named Zhi which means wisdom in Chinese. It is one of the 5 Confucian virtues. She has a step brother who is called Xin, which incidentally is another Confucian virtue, trustworthiness. Zhi shares a karmik bond with her step brother and another set of twins named after another two Confucian virtues.

It is impossible to pin down the genre of the book. It is a historical fiction based in colonial Malaysia, it has elements of magical realism seamlessly weaving the local myths and superstitions. It is also a love story and a murder mystery. There is an endearing simplicity and innocence in the characters and you feel invested in each of them. Whenever I put down the book, the characters stayed in my mind and i couldn't wait to get back to the story.

If you looking for some light reading to put a smile on your face, this is the book for you. #Books

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  • Vidar
  • 16-11-19

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
  • 22-04-19

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
  • 28-08-19

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
  • 09-05-20

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
  • 31-01-21

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
  • 20-01-21

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
  • 08-01-21

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
  • 20-12-20

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
  • 08-08-20

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
  • 06-08-20

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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  • Denisa Herelova
  • 03-07-20

mesmerizing

loved it: interesting story, lots of suspense and most of all a lot of local, Malaysian colour

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  • AF
  • 09-06-20

Escape

Just brilliant, gripping I haven’t been able to stop listening since I bought this book. I hope it’s made into a film one day.

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  • Emily
  • 25-04-19

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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  • Avril
  • 13-04-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-09-20

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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  • Adelaide Swinhoe
  • 07-10-19

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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  • Susan Myers
  • 19-06-19

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.