Inside the Red Mansion by Oliver August audiobook

Inside the Red Mansion: On the Trail of China's Most Wanted Man

By Oliver August
Read by Simon Vance

Tantor Audio 9780618714988

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200140688

  • ISBN: 9798200140671

  • ISBN: 9798200140695

Runtime: 10.66 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Due to a mix-up, Oliver August stumbles onto the hunt for China's most wanted man, Lai Changxing, an illiterate tycoon on the run from corruption charges. Sensing something emblematic in this outsized tale of rise and fall, August sets out to find the self-made billionaire, in the hope that if he can understand how Lai reinvented himself, he will also better understand the tectonic forces transforming modern China. Lai embodies the story of China's recent success as well as its Achilles' heel: the blending of its command economy with the free market is riddled with corruption. Moving ever closer to the elusive tycoon, August introduces us to a people in the midst of head-spinning self-transformation. We meet a nightclub hostess and her gaggle of "Miss Temporaries"; powerful businessmen on a debt-settling round of nocturnal golf; and a foie gras king who markets his goose liver by the ton and prefers it deep fried. This is a China seething with desire, engaged in a slapstick fight with its past, and hell bent on the future. Inside the Red Mansion is the first book to capture the giddy vibe of contemporary China and its darker vulnerabilities.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[Narrator Simon Vance] not only manages the innumerable scene, character, and plot transitions clearly, he also slips seamlessly between English and Mandarin.... Vance demonstrates why he's a multiple Earphones Award winner. AudioFile
“This must-read, can’t-put-it down tale shows the China only hinted at on the evening news—a place of outsized egos, over-the-top commercial development and shadowy, tradition-bound authoritarian rule.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Oliver August

Author Bio: Oliver August

Oliver August studied philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University, then joined the Times of London to become its youngest-ever New York correspondent. He spent seven years in China as Beijing bureau chief and then moved to the Middle East in 2006.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 10.66
Audience: Adult
Language: English