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The Night Tiger

Written by: Yangsze Choo
Narrated by: Yangsze Choo
Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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a must read!!

Loved it!!!
it has a superb mix of everything . British colonialism, romance, thrill and most of all beautiful relationships

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must read. must listen

the author/narrator brings to life all the characters in this incredible book. don't miss it

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An amazing journey!!

Listening to the night tiger was a awesome experience. The story and the characters were really interesting and Yangsze Choo is a great narrator. I just wish we could have her other book, The Ghost Bride on Audible as well. I'd buy it in an instant. I totally recommend The Night Tiger. Go for it!!

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amazing narration.. totally hooked. i

you will love the characters of Ren, Gi lin and Shin.
didn't want it to end!

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GRIPPING FROM START TO FINISH

Held me captive right from the beginning. Well written, excellent story, well read. Loved it.

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Absolutely thrilling!

Absolutely loved listening to this beautiful story and how everything is woven together in the most thrilling way.

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Captivating!

A captivating book! Beautiful narration by the author Yangsze Choo. A must listen for those who enjoy the concoction of mystery in the background of local culture and associated myths and colourful, detailed characters.

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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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  • Prabha Gopinath
  • 24-05-20

A magical story..

A beautiful magical story set in 1930s Malaysia which was very well performed by the author. I think the reading added value to the aleady beautiful story..very enjoyable!

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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
  • 21-10-19

Enjoyable story

A gentle and enjoyable story, a beautiful 'other world' of mystery and superstition, easy listening

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  • Mrs. P.
  • 20-05-19

Lovely simple story with a bit of magic.

A lovely book which I would probably preferred to read than listen to. My criticism is the breathy, inflection of the narrator, which at times was very annoying.

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  • Claudia
  • 22-04-19

Enchanting Journey

What an absolutely riveting foray into another earth space and time. I was mesmerised by the story, and the narrative cleverly mixed Malaysian, social mores and values with the almost supernatural, to create an intense, richly woven, narrative. I especially like Ji Lin's boldness, and her forward thinking/feminist, mindset. All the characters wete expertly developed, and immersed me from start to finish.

Besutifully written/observed, exquisitely imagined, and a fascinating glimpse of an interesting culture, of whichI had no knowledge.

Excellent read.

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  • Bookish Lara
  • 13-03-19

A sumptuous delight

A real treat.
Beautiful backdrop of 1930s Malaysia with its fascinating cultural history. With well rounded characters & Chinese-Malay folklore.
Didn't want this one to end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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.