One snowy night in 1702, 47 ronin (masterless samurai warriors) avenged the death of their daimyo (i.e. "lord") in a brilliant raid. The episode has become ingrained in Japanese history as an example of the samurai code.
Takashi Takamia's The Forty-Seven Ronins offers one rendition of this story. In his telling, the ronin's daimyo, Asano, was bullied by a high official named Kira into an attack that led to Asano's death. Asano's warriors plot a careful revenge, scattering throughout the country and lulling Kira into a sense of safety, before they meet again.
Walter Covell's driving delivery and masterly pronunciation of Japanese names help accentuate this bloody tale of vengeance.
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I enjoyed this audio. It is very short and is about a bunch of ronin who avenge their master's death. It was short and to the point. Had it been an hour longer, maybe it would have been too much. For under $2 this story is worth it though.
"Origin of many generations of tales."
It's a good little story about loyalty, honor, courtesy, and respect. It's a simple tale with a fantastic amount of depth to it that allows it to tell much about people and also about Japanese culture.
Walter Covell has a fantastic voice and solid pacing, and told the story well. As this story was originally Japanese, there are many names in it that were untranslated. Covell mispronounced them all. But his mispronunciation was internally consistent, so though it at first made me cringe, knowing the proper names, it isn't something persons who don't know the language would be bothered by.
"Japanese pronunciation will make you wince"
This is an awful rendition of a classic tale. Don't waste your money. Narration to fall asleep by.
Be warned: if you have any knowledge of Japanese pronunciation, this reading is almost physically painful at times. If you don't know to tell, however, then by all means take a listen. The reading is otherwise very well done, and the story a classic.
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