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  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Imagine a nation banishing the outside world for two centuries, forbidding its subjects to leave its shores on pain of death, and harbouring a deep mistrust of European ideas.

Set in Japan in 1799, a young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, is about to embark on a strange adventure of duplicity, love, and murder - and all the while the axis of global power is turning.

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  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

  • By Robin B on 27-07-10

What a fantastic listen!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-12

There is nothing I didn't enjoy about this. The story itself I found gripping and entertaining. It had the style and pace I enjoy. David Mitchell's narration only made it better. His reading style lent a lot to the overall experience. I will actively seek out other stories narrated by him - Paula Wilcox, though covering a smaller part, was also very good. The very start of the book is a somewhat direct view of a complicated birth - somehow at odds with almost everything that comes next. And there is a lot that follows...
Hugely recommended!

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