九重紫 (Jiu Chong Zi)

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No of Episodes: 523 (Audiobook 1); 524 (Audiobook 2)

Author: 吱吱 (Zhī Zhī)

Audiobook 1 – Female Voice: 仙女之声 (Xian Nu Zhi Sheng)

Audiobook 2 – Multiple Voices:  颠倒的完美、 吴天、 L朵朵、 主播甜的心、 一种侃侃、 易方、 大颂、 仿若花色、 虾米哥儿 (Diān Dǎo De Wán Měi, Wú Tiān, L Duǒ Duǒ, Zhǔ Bō Tián De Xīn, Yī Zhǒng Kǎn Kǎn, Yì Fāng, Dà Sòng, Fǎng Ruò Huā Sè, Xiā Mi Gē Er)

Audiobook 1        Audiobook 2          Ebook

Comment:

Audiobook 1 was free before but now only free to VIP Member.  The first 120 episodes still free to the public.  Audiobook 2 is from LRTS site produced in multiple voices but only free for the first 53 episodes.  It is quite lengthy but Zhi Zhi’s book normally takes some time to warm up.  So many characters until I got confused who is who.

I wanted to sign on as VIP member with LRTS unfortunately, they only receive payment via Wechat and Alipay, unfortunately both does not work in my country.

Summary:

FL (Dou Zhao) married Wei Ting Yu and they have 3 children (2 boys and 1 girl).  FL’s mother died when she was very young and she grew up with her granny in the farm.  FL did not get along with her stepmother, Wang Shi.  FL’s father (Dou Shi Ying) married Wang Shi shortly after his wife’s death.  An old servant, Tuo Niang told FL that FL’s mother (Zhao Gu Qiu/Zhao Shi) hanged herself because of Wang Shi.  Wang Shi gave birth to a girl, named Duo Ming, 7 months after she married.  Wang Shi and Dou Shi Ying was having an affair before Zhao Shi died.

When FL first got married, she fought with her sister-in-law (Wei Ting Zhen) to manage her own household.  Wei Ting Yu’s father died early and Wei Ting Zhen became the decision maker in the Wei family even though she married.  Wei Ting Yu is not too smart and he has 4 concubines.  Wei Ting Yu relied a lot on FL for major decisions.  One of FL’s disappointments in life was her relationship with her two sons.  FL spent her times managing the family’s business and overlooked her sons.  FL’s sons became closer to their nanny instead.  When FL sick on her bed, her heart broke when she saw how her sons treated their nanny better than herself.

After FL died, she dreamed about her childhood with her mother.  FL realised she has forgotten or overlooked some of the important stuff or events.   FL went back to one and half years old, the year where her mother hanged herself.  FL wanted to prevent the same from happening.  It was a challenge as she has the body of a toddler but the maturity of an adult.

Dou Shi Ying came home after a trip with his cousins to ask for permission to marry Wang Ying Xue as his concubine.  Zhao Shi’s heart broke because she and Dou Shi Ying was childhood sweetheart and they only married for 3 years.  

Dou Shi Ying begged Zhao Shi that Wang Shi pregnant with his baby.  Zhao Shi gave in at last.  Zhao Shi knew the Dou family definitely want to keep the baby.  Zhao Shi asked her sister in-laws to arrange a meeting with Wang Shi.  Zhao Shi felt betrayed because that woman was Wang Ying Xue, her ex-neighbour.    Zhao Shi did not believe Wang Ying Xue’s story.  Wang Ying Xue claimed that she did not know Dou Shi Ying was Zhao Shi’s husband. 

The Dou family has two main branches (east and west).  Dou Dou is from the west branch and FL’s grandfather.  Dou Dou only has one son, Dou Shi Ying.  Dou Dou did not get a son after many years of marriage.  Dou Dou made Cui Yi Nai Nai (Cui Granny) his concubine to beget a son.  But Dou Dou looked down on Cui Yi Nai Nai because she came from a poor farming family.  Cui Yi Nai Nai sent to stay at the family farm-house.  FL loves her Cui Granny as she spent her childhood with her after her father married Wang Ying Xue in her previous life.

FL managed to find Tou Niang who was a low-level servant.  FL made Tou Niang her personal maid.  FL stopped Zhao Shi from suicide once.  FL thought it would be better for Wang Ying Xue to become her father’s concubine instead of main wife if Zhao Shi killed herself.

Zhao Shi discussed with her close friend (Tian Shi and Ji Ning Hou’s wife) to betroth FL to Wei Ting Yu.  It was just a verbal arrangement.  Zhao Shi fell sick after she saw the intimacy between Dou Shi Ying and Wang Ying Xue. 

Dou Shi Ying came to see Zhao Shi when she was sick.  Zhao Shi asked Dou Shi Ying how he was coping without her by his side.  Dou Shi Ying said he was not used to it.  Zhao Shi’s heart broke when she heard that.  Zhao Shi was hoping that Dou Shi Ying would say he misses her and how much he loves her.  Dou Shi Ying saw FL and took her out to play at the garden.  Zhao Shi hanged herself after Dou Shi Ying left.

Dou Shi Ying got a shock.  Dou Shi Ying realised his mistake.  FL slowly understood that her mother was too young to experience what FL has gone through in life.  In Zhao Shi’s eyes, Dou Shi Ying was her everything and when Dou Shi Ying’s love no longer there, Zhao Shi felt that it was not worth to live on.  Zhao Shi hopes that Dou Shi Ying would feel guilty and take care and protect FL with her death.  

Zhao Shi’s brother (Zhao Si/Rui Fu) beat Dou Shi Ying.  Zhao Si discussed with his wife (Cui Shi) to adopt FL.  Cui Shi supportive of her husband’s decision.  FL remembered in her past life, she was never close to her maternal uncle’s family.  Zhao Si went to her wedding but they did not get to talk to each other.  FL started to wonder what made her reject Cui Shi when Cui Shi came to see her. 

Zhao Si passed the imperial examination and managed to get a posting to Northwest.  He quietly sold off his house and land.  Zhao Si and wife planned to bring FL with them.  But the Dou family got to know Zhao Si’s plan.  When Cui Shi came for FL, the Dou family schemed together to frighten FL from leaving with Cui Shi.  FL has no intention to go with Cui Shi but act innocent and told everyone who tried to frighten her with lies.   FL told Cui Shi, she cannot leave because she was part of the Dou and she wanted to stay on to make his father remembers her mother.  Cui Shi agreed and left.

Dou Shi Ying distanced himself from Wang Shi after the death of Zhao Shi.  Wang Shi gave birth to a daughter named Dou Ming.  FL purposely scared Wang Shi when she visited Dou Ming.  Wang Shi finds FL scary.  During Zhao Shi’s funeral, FL told Wang Shi that she knew her plan and the upcoming birth of a daughter instead of a son. 

Dou Shi Ying arranged for FL to stay with Ji Shi (6th Madam Dou) when he went away to take his imperial examination in the capital city.  FL likes Ji Shi.  FL gets to hear first-hand information because everyone thought she is only a toddler.  Ji Shi treated FL like her own daughter.

Wang Ying Xue’s father (Wang Xing Yi) is a government officer but he got demoted and punished.   FL knew Wang Xing Yi’s power will recover soon and by then the Dou family would be pressured Dou Shi Ying to upgrade Wang Ying Xue to main wife.  Looking at the calendar, Wang Ying Xue might give birth to a son in the near future.  FL wanted to stop it from happening but she could not.  FL overheard Dou Shi Ying apologising to Wang Ying Xue that he longer love her because Wang Ying Xu reminded him of Zhao Shi and his past mistake. 

Wang Xing Yi got promoted and his power returned.  Dou Dou insisted Dou Shi Ying to remarry but Dou Shi Ying refused to marry so soon.  Dou Shi Ying wanted to finish 3 years mourning period.   Wang Ying Xue’s sisters in law came to bring Wang Ying Xue home.  Wang Ying Xue refused to leave without her daughter.  Dou Shi Ying also advised Wang Ying Xue to go home to start all over again.  Pang Shi who is one of Wang Ying Xue’s sisters in-laws was a trouble maker, suggested Wang Ying Xue to pressure the Dou family to promote Wang Ying Xue as main wife and influenced her to quickly beget a son for the Dou family.

5th Duo Master (Dou Shi Shu) is also a government officer.  Dou Shi Shu and Wang Xing Yi are colleagues reporting to the same superior.  Dou Shi Shu noticed his boss was grooming Wang Xing Yi and he did not want to offend Wang Xing Yi.  Hence he supported Wang Ying Xue’s promotion . 

FL sent a short message to her uncle, Zhao Si to warn him.  In order to promote Wang Ying Xue, the Dou needed a written approval from the Zhao.  Dou Dou did not like Wang Ying Xue and refused to promote her, hence wrote to Wang Xing Yi claiming that the Zhao refused to give their approval.  Zhao Si told the Dou and the Wang that he agreed with the Wang Ying Xue’s promotion provided ½ of the wealth from the West Branch of the Dou family passed to FL.  If FL dies before 30 years old, the asset pass to FL’s children and if FL has no children, then pass to the Zhao.  The Wang cannot get involve in the decision to select FL’s future husband.  The ball went back to the Dou for final decision.

Dou Shi Shu knew his uncle, Dou Dou would not agree.  Dou Shi Shu influenced his brothers and cousins in the East branch of the Dou family to give up part of their inheritance to comply with the Zhao’s condition.  Dou Dou felt humiliated with Dou Shi Shu’s suggestion.  Dou Shi Ying stepped in to stop Dou Shi Shu.  Dou Shi Ying agreed.  Dou Shi Ying asked Wang Ying Xue to think carefully because he only offered her a name and nothing else.

FL went to stay with Cui Granny on the day Dou Shi Ying marries Wang Ying Xue.  Dou Shi Ying did not sleep with Wang Ying Xue but went to see FL in the middle of the night.  Dou Shi Ying told FL, he misses Zhao Shi. 

FL continued to stay with Ji Shi at the East of the mansion.  Dou Dou got a choke and died a few months later.  Wang Ying Xue tried to use her authority as FL’s stepmother to direct FL.  But her plan got backfired.  FL already turned 9 years old and able to influence the servants to follow her instruction.  FL never treated Wang Ying Xue as her stepmother and Dou Ming, her stepsister.  FL calls Wang Ying Xue, Madam and Dou Ming, her full name. 

2nd Great Granny from the East branch asked Dou Ming to move to the East to separate Dou Ming from Wang Ying Xue.  After many years, Wang Ying Xue wrote to her mother in the capital city for help.  Madam Wang wrote to ask for Dou Ming.  The Dou has no excuse to stop Dou Ming from going to the capital city.  Madam Wang pampered Dou Ming and Dou Ming became very spoilt.  Dou Ming came back to attend Dou Dou’s funeral.  Dou Ming noticed FL dislikes Wang Ying Xue.  Dou Ming started to create small trouble and got into a fight another girl when the girl criticised Wang Ying Xue.

FL dislikes how Dou Dou treated Cui Granny.  FL remembered Cui Granny died 3 years after Dou Dou died in her past life.  FL wanted to prolong Cui Granny’s life span.  FL moved to stay at the West mansion after Dou Dou passed away.  FL suggested to Dou Shi Ying to move to the city with Dou Ming and Wang Ying Xue for his new job.  FL asked Cui Granny to move in with her instead.  FL already forgiven her father.  Dou Shi Ying stayed celibate ever since the death of Zhao Shi, 9 years ago. 

FL saved Bie Su Lan’s father from a local bully.  Bie Su Lan’s father asked FL to protect his two daughters after he died.  FL agreed.  FL found out both Bie Su Lan and Bie Su Xin knows kung fu and they agreed to work for FL to repay her gratitude for saving their father.  FL met Bie’s neighbour, Chen Qu Shui and offered him a job as her Manager to collect information in the city.  FL did not want the Dou to take advantage of her.  FL started to recruit her own staff to protect herself and to plan for her future.  FL has no intention to marry.

FL met a handsome young man called Ji Yong at Ji Shi’s house.  Ji Yong is Ji Shi’s nephew. Ji Yong is only 13 years old but has since passed the imperial examination.  FL could not recall hearing Ji Yong’s name in her past life.  Ji Yong finds FL interesting.

Pang Kun Bai (Wang’s family in law relative) got someone to kidnap FL and then staged saving the damsel in distress to force FL to marry him.  His plan got backfired.  FL got people to beat Pang Kun Bai.  Ji Yong saw through FL and helped her.  Ji Yong and FL became good friends.  FL remembered at last the fate of Ji Yong in her past life.  Ji Yong became a notorious monk who tried to convince his master to quit monkshood and then convinced the Emperor (who was Liao Wang at that time) to enter monkshood. FL curious what made Ji Yong to become a monk later in his life.

It rain heavily and Cui Granny worried about her farm getting flooded.  FL went with Chen Qu Shui to farm to see the condition.  FL bumped into Song Mo/Song Yan Tang who was on a secret mission to save the last offspring of his uncle’s family.  Song Mo (ML) planned to kill FL and Chen Qu Shui when he found out they knew about his identity.   Song Mo’s plan got thwarted by FL.  FL got Su Xin and Su Lan to abduct the baby to negotiate with ML.  FL hinted a solution to save ML uncle’s family. 

ML went home to discuss with his mother what FL suggested.  Ding Guo Gong (ML’s uncle) got murdered on the way back to the city.  One of his siblings survived and all the male offspring of Ding Guo Gong got exiled to Liao Dong.  ML went to thank FL.  FL actually did not want to get too close to ML and worried of offending ML.  In FL’s past life, ML got banished from Ying Guo Gong Fu after his mother passed away.  ML became Liao Wang’s follower and helped Liao Wang get the throne.  ML killed the crown prince, his own father and brother. 

ML’s mother passed away.  ML’s staff went to Cui Granny’s farm to see shelter.  FL worried about ML, because in her past life, the turning point in ML’s fate happened after the death of his mother.  FL sent his staff to the city to help ML.  Song Yi Chun (ML’s father) accused ML of making his mother’s servant pregnant.  Song Yi Chun used it as an excuse to beat ML.  Song Yi Chu locked ML in a room and asked his siblings for a meeting to kick ML out of the Song family.  Song Yi Chun got a shock when he found ML escaped.  ML felt indebted to FL for saving him and started to counter attack Song Yi Chun.  ML killed all the guards recruited by Song Yi Chun and then laid them at the courtyard for Song Yi Chun to see.  ML started to consolidate his own power.

Wu Shan wanted to marry FL.  Wu Shan convinced his mother to propose officially to FL’s family after he passed his imperial examination.  FL likes Wu Shan but did not want to marry him.  FL rejected Wu Shan’s proposal.  FL told Wu Shan, she got engaged to Wei Ting Yu since childhood.

FL got a shock when she heard that He Yu asked his parents to propose.  Unlike the Wu, the He’s family has more power and even went to ask Jing Ning Hou Ye to cancel Wei Ting Yu’s engagement with FL.  Ji Yong convinced He Yu to cancel his plan to marry FL. Wei Ting Yu went to see FL and got attracted to FL.  Wei Ting Yu rushed home to stop his father from cancelling his engagement with FL.

Jing Ning Hou Ye passed away. Wei Ting Zhen not happy that her mother engaged Wei Ting Yu to FL.  Wei Ting Zhen looked down on FL.  Wei Ting Zhen wanted FL to marry his brother within 100 days after Jing Ning Hou Ye passed away to humiliate FL.  FL refused. 

3 years later…

FL went to the city to prepare for her wedding.  FL already plotted to get Wei Ting Yu to cancel their engagement.  Ji Yong has fallen in love with FL.  Instead of helping FL, Ji Yong’s action disrupted FL’s plan instead. Ji Yong’s grandfather saw through Ji Yong’s heart and agreed Ji Yong to marry FL.  FL got upset with Ji Yong and scolded Ji Yong for being a busybody.  FL told Ji Yong, she will not marry him.

ML thought FL wanted to marry Wei Ting Yu.  Even though ML finds Wei Ting Yu unfit to marry FL, but he still help Wei Ting Yu when he saw Ji Yong bullied Wei Ting Yu.  FL asked ML not to get involved in her plan to marry Wei Ting Yu.  Ji Yong asked Dou Ming to get close to Wei Ting Yu to cause misunderstanding.

Wang Ying Xue suggested Dou Ming to marry Wei Ting Yu instead.  Dou Ming refused at first but relented at last.  FL saw through Wang Ying Xue’s plan.  On FL and Wei Ting Yu’s wedding, FL swapped places with Dou Ming.  FL told Dou Shi Ying, she did not want to marry.   Dou Shi Ying felt extremely bad with what Wang Ying Xue did.  Wei Ting Yu got so drunk until he did not notice his bride got swapped.  Both the Dou and the Wei got into an argument the morning after the wedding.  Wei Ting Zhen did not want to accept Dou Ming but the Dou said Wei Ting Yu already slept with Dou Ming.  When Dou Ming tried to kill herself,  Wei Ting Yu stepped in to say he accepted Dou Ming as his wife.   The engagement between Wei Ting Yu and FL officially got cancelled. 

Song Yi Chun could not control ML.  The only way he can cause trouble and to irk ML is to select a wife for ML.  ML wanted to marry FL.  ML set a trap for Song Yi Chun.  ML spread news that he is going to marry a Princess.  Song Yi Chun did not want ML to marry a princess hence he quickly look for a wife for ML.  Tao Qi Zhong (Song Yi Chun’s advisor) suggested FL as a suitable wife candidate for ML.  Dao Shi Ying got excited when he received the proposal from Song Yi Chun to marry FL to ML.  Dao Shi Ying agreed immediately after he did a character check on ML.  Dao Shi Ying felt very proud that he found a better husband than Wei Ting Yu for FL. 

FL asked for a private meeting with ML.  FL told ML, she did not want to marry.  ML convinced FL to change her mind.  After the wedding, FL and ML slept separately.  But their relationship got better and closer.  FL realised she cannot used her past life experience to deal with ML.  FL opened up her heart to accept ML.  FL and ML became a true couple at last.

FL did not like Song Han.  FL believed there are definitely something that triggered ML to react so aggressive towards Song Han in her past life.  Song Han look friendly outside but cruel behind the scene.  FL found out Song Yi Chun had an extra marital affair with Li Liao Niang many years ago.  Li Liao Niang got pregnant and wanted to marry Song Yi Chun but objected by Old Master Song.  Old Master Song sent his servant to force Li Liao Niang to abort the baby.  The servants were careless.  Li Liao Niang and her baby survived.  Li Liao Niang gave birth to a boy.  Song Yi Chun swapped the baby boy with the baby girl born by Jiang Shi (ML’s mother).  Song Han killed Li Liao Niang, when Li Liao Niang continued to extort money and threaten to tell the truth.  

ML got extremely angry with what Song Yi Chun had done.  ML also found out Song Yi Chun killed his mother.  Song Han knew Song Yi Chun’s murder plan.  Song Yi Chun used Song Han because he knew Jiang Shi trusted Song Han.  Song Han he fed the poisoned medicine to Jiang Shi.  Li Liao Niang ill-treated Yi Gui (ML’s biological sister).  Yi Gui got married very young to Wei Quan but Wei Quan sold Yi Gui to He Hao.  He Hao already married and worried his family would not allow him to make Yi Gui, his concubine.  Hence, He Hao kept Yi Gui as his mistress.  He Hao rape Yi Gui.  He Hao’s father, He Yuan Qing thought his son met a foxy woman.  He Yuan Qing went to check Yi Gui and found her very pretty.  He Yuan Qing stole Yi Gui from He Hao.  He Hao told his mother.  Madam He sold Yi Gui to a trader.  FL sent Chen Jia to Bao Ding to investigate Yi Gui.  Chen Jia saved Yi Gui who tried to kill herself in a hotel after she got sold to a trader.  When ML saw Yi Gui, he immediately knew Yi Gui is his biological sister because Yi Gui looks like Jiang Shi.    

ML brought Yi Gui home to stay with him.  Song Yi Chun refused to acknowledge Yi Gui.  ML renamed Yi Gui to Jiang Yan and told everyone, Jiang Yan is a widow and his cousin sister.   ML and FL tried to find a husband for Jiang Yan but Jiang Yan refused to marry.  Jiang Li Zhu suggested FL to consider Chen Jia because Jiang Yan reacted differently in front of Chen Jia.  Jiang Yan told Jiang Li Zhu that Chen Jia knew everything about her past.  FL agreed with Jiang Li Zhu’s suggestion and convinced ML to agree.  Jiang Yan married Chen Jia at last.  

FL hinted to ML, Liao Wang’s ambition.  ML was careful not to get involve in the fight between the Crown Prince and Liao Wang.  ML found out the Empress and Liao Wang involved in the tragedy of the Jiang.  The Emperor wanted the Jiang to support the Crown Prince.  General Jiang rejected Liao Wang’s offer hence Liao Wang got rid of the Jiang.  ML rejected to join Liao Wang’s camp.

Song Han wanted to marry one of girls from the Jiang family but got rejected.  Song Han wanted the protection from the Jiang if his real identity got revealed.  Rumours about Song Han as an illegitimate son of Song Yi Chun got spread around.  Song Yi Chun wanted Song Han to marry a princess.  But Song Yi Chun’s plan did not get materialise.  Empress Dowager passed an imperial edict to get Song Han to marry Miao An Su after she confirmed the rumour was true.  Miao An Su’s great auntie is a royal consort but not on friendly terms with the Empress Dowager.  Miao An Su is the most outstanding daughter in the family and the Miao wanted to make use of her.  Miao An Su not happy in her marriage with Song Han.  Miao An Su realised she cannot depend on her family.

The Empress formed a partnership with Song Yi Chun and Song Han to kick ML from his post as the Head of Security in the palace.  Song Yi Chun and Song Han plotted to blacken ML’s name.  Liao Wang returned to the capital city to visit his parents.  Liao Wang went to dinner at Ying Guo Gong Fu.  ML and FL purposely went out to avoid meeting with Liao Wang.  But when they got home, they bumped into Liao Wang at the entrance.  Liao Wang asked ML to join him for a drink and went back into Ying Guo Gong Fu.  FL suspected something fishy.  They put something into ML’s drink to make him drunk and arranged ML to sleep with Miao An Su.  But Song Han and Song Yi Chun’s plan got backfired.  Song Han was found sleeping with Song Yi Chun’s concubine instead.  Miao An Su testified against Song Han. 

Liao Wang planned a coup to overthrow his father.  Liao Wang got his staff to abduct FL and her son to threaten ML.  Luckily Gu Yu (ML’s best friend) came in time to save FL and her son.  Liao Wang and his insurgents sneaked into the palace.   ML already prepared and managed to sabotage Liao Wang’s plan.  The Emperor’s heart broke with Liao Wang and the Empress’ betrayal.  The Emperor passed the country governance to the Crown Prince.  Liao Wang’s treason was not mentioned.

ML and FL threaten Song Yi Chun to choose between his reputation and kicking Song Han out from the Song family registry.  Song Yi Chun chose the former.  Miao An Su divorced Song Han and got compensated by Song Yi Chun.  Song Han went mad and attacked Song Yi Chun.  Song Yi Chun got bitten on his neck and lost his voice forever.  Song Han kicked out from the city and became a beggar. 

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