The Asian Saga
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  • 1
    Shogun: The Epic Novel of Japan | James Clavell

    Shogun: The Epic Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (702)

    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.

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 May 2016 by P A Youngs ()
  • 2
    Tai-Pan: The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2 | James Clavell

    Tai-Pan: The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (289)

    It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

    The best audiobook ever....

    I don't normally leave reviews but this book stands out so much that I had to. I've listened to many audiobooks over the years but this is the best I'..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 September 2016 by Thomas D. ()
  • 3
    Gai-Jin: The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan | James Clavell

    Gai-Jin: The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shōgun, battling to usher his country into the modern age; a beautiful young Frenchwoman forever torn between ambition and desire - their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, and torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans, and spies.

    Brilliant, different from Shogun

    Another masterpiece, flawed but brilliant. The reader is phenomenal at creating distinct and recognisable voices for each character, though his Japane..Show More »

    Reviewed on 07 June 2017 by BrankoUK ()
  • 4
    King Rat: The Asian Saga, Book 4 | James Clavell

    King Rat: The Asian Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    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.

    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 adventur..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 September 2017 by Mr (BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom)
  • 5
    Noble House: The Epic Novel of Modern Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 5 | James Clavell

    Noble House: The Epic Novel of Modern Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Set in Hong Kong in 1963, the action of Noble House spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double dealing and natural catastrophes - fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are also days filled with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong - the heart of Asia - rich in every trade...money, flesh, opium, power.

    Another epic, full of twists, turns and surprises.

    slow to start, but stick with it as the storyline builds and proves to be an excellent read. narrator makes a superb job of reading it.

    Reviewed on 10 September 2016 by Peter ()
  • 6
    Whirlwind: The Asian Saga, Book 6 | James Clavell

    Whirlwind: The Asian Saga, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The sixth book in James Clavell's epic Asian Saga tells the story of three weeks in Tehran in February 1979 - three weeks of passion, self-sacrifice, and heartbreak. When the shah is thrown out of Iran, the nation's turmoil becomes world headlines. Caught in this shifting world of fanaticism, ambition, duplicity, and violent death are the foreign helicopter pilots who have been servicing the oil fields up and down the country. Their one objective is to make a bold, concerted escape to safety across the Gulf.

    An exciting, nail nibbling adventure.

    I will listen again to clarify the characters and their roles. It is a lengthy listen with numerous characters and relatively complex plot. A second l..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 December 2016 by Mick'sMoll ()
  • Escape: The Asian Saga, Book 7 | James Clavell

    Escape: The Asian Saga, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When the shah is thrown out of Iran, the nation's turmoil becomes world headlines. Caught in this shifting world of fanaticism, ambition, duplicity, heartbreak, and violent death are the foreign helicopter pilots who have been servicing the oil fields up and down the country. Their one objective is to make a bold, concerted escape to safety across the Gulf.

    What a con!!

    It's the same story as whirlwind, what a waste of a credit. Should be ashamed selling it!

    Reviewed on 04 May 2017 by Stewi ()