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King Rat Audiobook

King Rat: The Asian Saga, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

The time is World War II. The place is a brutal prison camp deep in Japanese-occupied territory. Here, within the seething mass of humanity, one man, an American corporal, seeks dominance over both captives and captors alike. His weapons are human courage, unblinking understanding of human weaknesses, and total willingness to exploit every opportunity to enlarge his power and corrupt or destroy anyone who stands in his path.

This enthralling masterpiece about life as a prisoner of war will keep listeners spellbound from the first chapter to the last.

©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audio

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    janien 25/05/2016
    janien 25/05/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Ranks amongst the best classic historical novels."
    If you could sum up King Rat in three words, what would they be?

    This is about survival, but the strength of the human spirit surviving horrific conditions. The book focuses on relationships rather than gruesome horrors of war. There are comedic moments within the story and no doubt Clavell brought in elements of his own changi experiences during the war.


    What other book might you compare King Rat to, and why?

    It's pretty unique, it's certainly no Tenko.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I love the aside scenes focussing on the women left behind. The effects of separation and not knowing how your loved ones are or whether they are alive, that was particularly poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first in clavells Asian series if read, as I am doing, in order of publication. A great read.

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    Mr 23/09/2017
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    "Completely absorbing"

    A much leaner book than Clavells's other work, this reads like a matinee war movie with its wonderful cast of characters and capers. There is adventure, humour, and towards the end the book provides subtle reflections on the effects internment has had on the men. Simon Vance provides excellent narration as always.

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    Richard Stillman 26/06/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "King rat - bravo"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this story a great tale exposing the human frailties when survival comes hard.

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    Crime Fiction Groupie 03/06/2017 Listener Since 2010
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    "Enjoyed this much better 2nd time around"

    I remember reading this 30 odd years ago, and not rating it particularly highly when compared to the other big 3 (Shogun, Tai-Pan, Noble House). However, I really enjoyed listening to this, and although remembering most of the story, found lots of new details. I had completely forgotten about the womens' stories, and they gave an interesting twist to the elements I had recalled. The narration was good - there was a very easy switching between the American, English and Australian accents, and all seemed quite authentic. I would certainly recommend this.

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    HA 24/05/2017
    HA 24/05/2017
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    "Excellent"

    Very believable depiction lf life in a Pow camp. Well narrated. Worth listening to.

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    charliekneen 06/05/2017
    charliekneen 06/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Bloody love James Clavell"

    Another awesome book by the master. Probably my favourite author and the narration is usually awesome. My fav is Tai Pan.

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    Miko Guildford, United Kingdom 05/05/2017
    Miko Guildford, United Kingdom 05/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good"

    I enjoyed the earlier books in the Asian Saga and was also interested in this part of Singaporean history so decided to try this book though I'm not really a fan of prisoner of war type stories (or at least, I suppose what I thought of as prisoner of war type stories!) I needn't have been worried as the characters were engaging and it turned into the type of audiobook I couldn't put down. I found it VERY different from the earlier books in the series, more character than plot driven and definitely more of a stand alone novel (no need to have read or listened to the others at all). Also very well narrated; good enough that I know I'll listen again one day.

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    "geordiemoozy" 17/03/2017
    "geordiemoozy" 17/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Still great"

    Simple story but populated with such interesting characters. The plot moves along quickly, story never boring. I read the book years ago and watched the film too, but the audio version is read so well by Simon Vance, that this is probably my favourite version. Perfect for a long car journey

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    Adriano Milan 23/12/2015
    Adriano Milan 23/12/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting and well constructed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, despite the fact is a story really well presented is not so engaging as the others Clavell's books.
    The reader relive the hardship of the protagonists but I did not become passionate about them.


    What will your next listen be?

    The Noble House


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    Peter Marlowe


    Did King Rat inspire you to do anything?

    not really, I think this book helped more the author to get over his experience in Changi rather then inspiring the reader.


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    alexander 02/05/2017
    alexander 02/05/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "not for rhe fsir sex"

    an ovetlu max ulin macko pow tale
    ot for the fsibt jrsrged of us uk

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  • Rishi Tiwari
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    "What a Book!"

    Now this my friends is a book, a story of a lifetime. The heartbreak is real and I suppose I too was a prisoner of the book and just as the prisoners were lost due to freedom so do I feel too.

    And really got to hand it to Simon Vance on how to tell a story. Marvellous accents and punctuation. Can’t wait to find another book like this but I suppose it would be hard. It’s not called a Classic for nothing.

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