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A Chinese classic, retold in English: This podcast is an English retelling of the classic Chinese novel Water Margin (水浒传, aka Outlaws of the Marsh). It aims to tell the story in a way that is more accessible to audiences who are not already familiar with the novel or Chinese culture and literature in general.

Water Margin Podcast: Outlaws of the Marsh John Zhu

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    • 4.9, 100 Ratings

A Chinese classic, retold in English: This podcast is an English retelling of the classic Chinese novel Water Margin (水浒传, aka Outlaws of the Marsh). It aims to tell the story in a way that is more accessible to audiences who are not already familiar with the novel or Chinese culture and literature in general.

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4.9 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

Salacious Crumbs Laugh ,

One of history’s greatest stories matched by a superb narrator.

I have had an interest in The Water Margin for ages, but haven’t had the time to dive into it. I was stumbling around on YouTube trying to see if anyone had done anything as to at least summarize some of the characters and found this podcast.

After listening to the introduction I was immediately delighted and committed to listening through the entire compendium. John is a contemporary genius with narration; the way he tells these stories is a polymorph of endlessly entertaining, wildly informative, but some how completely easy to understand. Anyone from ages 6 to 600 would enjoy his retelling of this incredible story.
He has managed to light the same fire within me as when my father read me The Hobbit for the first time as a child. I am helplessly engaged in his story telling - and couldn’t be happier.

Thank you for making this podcast John! I hope you receive all the popularity matched to your tenacious labor and passion you’ve poured into this project! Can’t wait to listen to the next episode.

dvldogg187 ,

Amazing

A great retelling of one of the finest stories ever created. Our host has done a great service by providing the west with a lively abridged version of outlaws of he marsh combined with historical context when necessary. This podcast is truly a gem. Thank you!

Himmuratube ,

Awesome

Awesome awesome. I grew up watching Chinese / Hong Kong movies and tv series of these stories. Hearing the book expressed through John’s interpretation is excellent. As he did with the 3 kingdoms podcast, he presented another entertaining take on another Chinese classic. Thank you.

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