The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China

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(4.1 stars; 50 reviews)

The rich and phlegmatic Kin-Fo loses his fortune and decides to die, but not before experiencing some strong emotions. He asks his friend Wang to kill him before a given date. Everything changes when Kin-Fo discovers he is not poor after all and he sets on a journey around China, trying to find his friend to cancel their deal. (Summary by Nadine)

Proof-Listeners: Patrick Wells, Jeanie, Nadine Eckert-Boulet, stonie1914 (6 hr 59 min)


01 - In which the Peculiarities and Nationality of the Personages are gradually… 21:00 Read by Leni
02 - In which Kin-Fo and the Philosopher are more fully described 18:19 Read by Patrick Wells
03 - In which the Reader, without Fatigue, can glance over the City of Shang-hai 14:31 Read by Jeanie
04 - In which Kin-Fo receives an Important Letter, which is Eight Days behind T… 21:34 Read by Joseph Lawler
05 - In which Le-ou receives a Letter which she would rather not have received 13:23 Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet
06 - Which will, perhaps, make the Reader desire to visit the Offices of the Ce… 15:18 Read by Tom Barron
07 - Which would be very Sad if it did not treat of Ways and Customs peculiar t… 20:20 Read by Tom Barron
08 - In which Kin-Fo makes a Serious Proposition to Wang, which the Latter no l… 9:52 Read by Esther
09 - The Conclusion of which, however Singular it may be, perhaps will not surp… 18:03 Read by Tom Barron
10 - In which Craig and Fry are officially presented to the New Patron of the C… 12:25 Read by Kristine Bekere
11 - In which Kin-Fo becomes the most Celebrated Man in the Central Empire 17:12 Read by Jeanie
12 - In which Kin-Fo, his Two Acolytes, and his Valet start on an Adventure 26:54 Read by klbonds
13 - In which is heard the Celebrated Lament called The Five Periods in the Lif… 19:13 Read by Jeanie
14 - In which the Visitor, without Fatigue, can travel through Four Cities by v… 24:53 Read by klbonds
15 - Which certainly contains a Surprise for Kin-Fo, and perhaps for the Reader 17:43 Read by John Fricker
16 - In which Kin-Fo, who is still a Bachelor, begins to travel again in earnest 19:36 Read by John Kooz
17 - In which Kin-Fo's Market Value is Once more Uncertain 23:46 Read by John Kooz
18 - In which Craig and Fry, urged by Curiosity, visit the Hold of the Sam-Yep 21:53 Read by John Kooz
19 - Which does not finish well, either for Capt. Yin, the Commander of the Sam… 20:50 Read by Phil Chenevert
20 - In which it will be seen to what Dangers Men are exposed who use Capt. Boy… 20:44 Read by Phil Chenevert
21 - In which Craig and Fry see the Moon rise with Extreme Satisfaction 20:03 Read by Phil Chenevert
22 - Which the Reader might have written himself, it ends in so Surprising a Way 22:02 Read by Phil Chenevert


Difficult to follow?

(3 stars)

I found the story hard to follow in part because I use audio books to get to sleep (so miss bits), in part because of the changing narrators and in part because of the plot. It made a bit more sense when I came back and read the description again!

alot of fun

(4 stars)

a story more like a comedy than anyother I have enjoyed by the same author. a new favorite for me. had a few different narrators but all were good enough or better than good

(5 stars)

I have been going through Jules Verne stories and I have to say this is my favorite so far. I laughed at the situations and the humour Verne uses to tell this unique story.

an interesting twist from this author.

(3.5 stars)

The story was overall pretty good, the readers could be understood. Was a little boring in descriptions at times.

(3 stars)

A great story by Jules Verne!! Several of the readers did have a hard time reading, or read to slowly.

(3 stars)

Never ceases to amaze me how much this guy knew before the rest of us!!!