The Walled City
By Ryan Graudin
Narrated By Eugene Kim, Kim Mai Guest, Janet Song
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Release Date: 11-04-14
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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730. That's how many days I've been trapped.18. That's how many days I have left to find a way out.THE WALLED CITY was one of those books I was really looking forward to reading, but time got away from me and I completely missed the release date. So when I saw it come up for audio review, I jumped on the opportunity. I've seen mixed reviews about the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think a lot of that had to do with the audiobook.
DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible....
JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister....
MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She's about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window....
The narrators for this book were fantastic, in my opinion. I loved that they had Asian accents since the story takes place in a (fictitious) Hong Kong. I especially love having different narrators when there are multiple points of view, just to help me keep straight who's talking. I liked all three of the narrators for this book, and thought they fit very well with the personalities of their characters.
As far as the book goes, I couldn't get enough of it. It was fast-paced and exciting. The atmosphere was captivating and the story was so different than most of the books I've read. I have to admit, I was kind of rooting for the romance to go in a different direction, but I guess I don't always get what I want. I loved Jin and Dai. I loved their strength, intelligence, loyalty and resilience. They were both so awesome!
If you haven't had a chance to read this book yet, I highly recommend getting it on audiobook. You can listen to a sample on audible!
- Sexual Content: Heavy (brothels)
- Profanity: Moderate
- Violence: Heavy
- Other Notables: This book is a fictional story based on a real city that was located in Hong Kong.