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Samurai Rising

The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Minamoto Yoshitsune should not have been a samurai. But his story is legend in this real-life saga. This epic warrior tale may sound like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history. When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family - and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his surviving half-brother banished. Yoshitsune was sent away to live in a monastery. Skinny, small, and unskilled in the warrior arts, he nevertheless escaped and learned the ways of the samurai. When the time came for the Minamoto clan to rise up against their enemies, Yoshitsune answered the call. His daring feats and impossible bravery earned him immortality.

©2016 Pamela S. Turner (P)2016 Recorded Books

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YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, 2017

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Beautiful story fantastically narrated

I've heard of the Tale of The Heike so many times but I've never taken the time to read or listen to the story directly itself. Pamela Turner's writing is so beautiful and so simple at the same time I was pulled directly into the story. Hearing Brian Nishii's narration put my mind in the place of the samurai of ancient Japan, his clear English along with authentic pronunciations of the Japanese used within the book made the whole thing that little but more special. Really loved it, kind of sad that it's over but I guess that's 'mono no aware' in a nutshell.

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great

loved it!!! brilliantly written and read, gives a great insight into samurai life before the way of the sword.

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yoshitsune

excellent book well narrated would highly recommend this book to anyone who would like a view into the real samurai.

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  • YCLAESGS8
  • 12-12-19

So awesome!

Fantastic, well researched, story; fantastic narration! I knew very little about the subject matter and came away with, not only an amazing story, but a greater appreciation for Japanese culture of the 1100s. Thank you!

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  • Ellie
  • 11-04-19

very well done

fun and informative. Pamela did this story justice. I'm very glad I bought it and I will buy the paperback immediately to have on hand too.

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  • Adiel
  • 12-03-19

Very interesting but not for me.

Samurai history was very interesting, sometimes so many names made it hard to follow the story. But I enjoyed it as something else to read.

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  • Becky
  • 02-01-19

like it vary much

This was my first audio book and I enjoyed it and I highly recommend this book.

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  • Jim
  • 24-05-17

Great Book

An outstanding and exciting novel, very well read I loved the reader. the tale is true and exciting with everything you could want in a novel.

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  • Jonathan Knotts
  • 30-08-16

Great history

this story was very well laid out & told. It was very dense with content & slow going, not a leisure book but I still really enjoyed it.

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