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Shogun Audiobook

Shogun: The Epic Novel of Japan

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Publisher's Summary

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

James Clavell'sShōgun is a modern classic, a masterpiece of historical fiction that will continue to endure for decades to come.

©1975 James Clavell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    P A Youngs 23/05/2016
    P A Youngs 23/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Spellbound..."

    An absolute must! I read the book years ago and the audio is a compliment. James Clavell is an incredible author and the narrator was excellent, with huge empathy and characters.
    Totally recommend, you wouldn't be disappointed

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story; poor audio"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The volume randomly dips towards the end of sentences, rudely interrupting what is an amazing story.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    G. Walker UK 21/01/2016
    G. Walker UK 21/01/2016 Member Since 2015

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    "Ralph is the best narrator ever"

    Awesome enjoyed so much I have ordered the tv series to watch again. Best narrator ,most voice character's of any of the 12 audio books I have. 10 Stars

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Moose Chan Chatham, Kent 11/10/2016
    Moose Chan Chatham, Kent 11/10/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Brilliant - could and have listened to for hours!"

    Loved it, brilliant narrator and so interesting! Would recommend! I Love that it is based on Anjin Muira (William Adams)!

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    Janine 20/07/2016
    Janine 20/07/2016
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    "Breathtaking!"

    This book is rightfully considered a classic, the depth and scope of of it breathtaking.

    Brief synopsis: Set in the late 1500's during Queen Elizabeth I 's reign, a ship makes it to Japan, the first Protestants to do so. The English know about Japan, but it is a closely guarded secret of Catholic Spanish and Portuguese trade.

    The pilot of the ship, John Blackthorne, is a rarity in that he is well educated and articulate and manages to adapt to the Japanese rigid caste structure and culture. He survives and thrives where the majority of Europeans are unable to. He becomes a pawn in the deep plans of a Lord Toranaga while planning to take the Religious wars of Europe to the Jesuit silk trade monopoly.

    Japanese society is described in loving detail, bringing it to life in a way that Europeans can access. It is an alien society to the West.

    The narration is great, the story superb. IMO, the best of the Asian Saga.

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    george 23/06/2016
    george 23/06/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing epic"

    I can't believe that I listened to over 50 hours of story. I will miss it like a lost friend.

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    dzadams 03/02/2016
    dzadams 03/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    This is the fourth time I have read, watched and listened to this fascinating book. I was very surprised how the audio book was just as good as reading it.

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    Barry Tiptree, United Kingdom 03/08/2015
    Barry Tiptree, United Kingdom 03/08/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Shogun, the story of Japan"
    Would you listen to Shōgun again? Why?

    Yes, and have done many times.

    I enjoy the story very much


    What other book might you compare Shōgun to, and why?

    Quo Vadis

    Both are enjoyable historical stories.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Lister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    None sorry


    Any additional comments?

    Learn the Japanese language😁😁😁

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Feiler 13/04/2016
    Feiler 13/04/2016 Member Since 2016

    Ex Royal Navy (35 years). Now aged 84 and on my last legs.

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    "A STUPENDOUS, MARVELOUSLY DETAILED STORY."
    What did you like most about Shogun?

    An amazing insight into the Japanese mind. A very detailed and progressive yarn.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shogun?

    The death of Mariko.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Lister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Samurai mind.


    Any additional comments?

    This story has given some meaning to the Japanese behaviour in World War 2. I have no doubt that there were many Japanese soldiers who "jumped on the Samurai" band wagon and behaved very badly indeed to their captives. Or perhaps it was the way of the warrior or Bushido that led to the ill treatment. Whichever it was, it makes you think.

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    Mr Tony Staggs Rainham, Essex United Kingdom 13/03/2017
    Mr Tony Staggs Rainham, Essex United Kingdom 13/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best. A movie in the mind"

    Excellent Story. Amazing Narration. Well worth the time. It took a while to get through this however it plays out like a movie.

    I actually had seen the TV series of this in the 80s as a child however this unedited version was far more brutal and overall satisfying. How historically accurate this is I'm not sure but have no problem highly it.

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  • Monty
    06/08/16
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    "Worthwhile Re-visit to an Adolescent read"

    A steady albeit full plot with much historical geo-political, nautical and military interest The characters are well fleshed albeit one dimensional. The strength of the novel lies in the cultural clash between Japanese and Elizabethan / European culture and the ensuing conflict both between the Euro/Japanese and Anglican/Catholic interests. Another success is the pacing of the plot and interest which made the completion of a 1000+ page novel entirely manageable.
    With reference to the performance, the sound production was disappointing with frequent fading out at the completion of sentences which was a distraction which occurred too frequently to be dismissed as a quirk instead of
    editing and sound mixing failure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carl Angelo Cepillo
    12/03/17
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    "Kept me awake for several nights"

    I love everythin about it, the storyline, the voice actor, the author. Simply the best story I've ever read. I was just a little disappointed that it ends, i was hoping the story would follow the story of Blackthorne even after the war. Well, shikata ga nai, ne? But the rest is marvelous.

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  • Simon
    09/03/17
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    "Simply amazing. "

    Long deep believable story with, well developed characters, excellent delivery. One of the best books I have ever experienced.

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  • Markuss
    28/07/16
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    "dwarfs game of thrones ;)"

    Excellent story and very well read. Really gave the feeling each character is unique. Shane it ended. Would have loved a Season 2

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  • Biborka
    01/05/16
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    "Japanese Culture in an Adventure Story"

    The story is just riveting! Super interesting, captivating, love story, war, adventures and you get a glimpse into Japanese culture and history as well. And you can also learn some pretty useful Japanese phrases. Fascinating.

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  • bo B T
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    04/02/16
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    "Worth reading again!"

    I read Shogun when it was first published. While decades have past, it remains a good read. Very entertaining and educational.

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  • Netman
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    13/09/15
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    "Excellent narration"
    What did you love best about Shogun?

    The narration and the story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Anjinsan saves Toronaga during the earthquake, and the subsequent rise to Hatamoto


    If you could take any character from Shogun out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    One of the complaining crew. I can't recall his name,but I would have thrown him overboard!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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