• Beijing Payback

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Nieh
  • Narrated by: Ewan Chung
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Beijing Payback

By: Daniel Nieh
Narrated by: Ewan Chung
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Publisher's Summary

A fresh, smart, and fast-paced revenge thriller bursting with personality and pathos.

Victor Li is devastated by his father’s murder and shocked by a confessional letter he finds among his father’s things. In it, his father admits he was never just a restaurateur - in fact, he was part of a vast international crime syndicate that formed during China’s leanest communist years. 

Victor travels to Beijing, where he navigates his father’s secret criminal life, confronting decades-old grudges, violent spats, and a shocking new enterprise that the organization wants to undertake. Standing up against it is likely what got his father killed, but Victor remains undeterred. He enlists his growing network of allies and friends to finish what his father started, no matter the costs.

©2019 Daniel Nieh (P)2019 HarperAudio

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The reader is outstanding

The novel is a fun ride; most characters are lovable and clever. But the reader gave the story a warmth that I really enjoyed.
Made me want to hear Chinese all day (I do not know a single word).

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Narration is awesome

The story is not very deep or intriguing but the glimpse into Chinese culture was fascinating for me. I really enjoyed the narration more than the story itself - the Chinese narration followed by the translation as well as the various intonations and inflections were done very well. The book was a good listen but not compelling.

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fast paced

Fadt-paced, butnot your usual thriller, as it conveys a certain amount of info about Chinese thought.

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Enjoyable easy interesting reading

Nice novel, away from normal- yet hits on subject matter in a relevant way, if lightly, to keep it intriguing but not make your head hurt keeping up with the details

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A fun light romp

Something to read if you like lightweight action thrillers. A good first novel with some fun plot twists.

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Interesting and promising!

Enjoyable debut by Daniel Nieh with interesting cultural details and decent character development (story can be improved though) that kept me going, and I agree with other reviewers about the awesome narration by Ewan Chung!
Not only hearing the authentic Chinese language without feeling lost, but also other accents were delivered effortlessly, making them fun to listen. This one thing I find rare even in some of the best narrators out there.
Will look forward to more from this talented pair of story tellers!

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Phenomenal Debut!

Really well written and story. Great Idea and the characters were all interesting and seemed authentic to me. Looking forward to more from this author in the future!