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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
    hampshire, UK
    25/05/16
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Adriano
    Milan
    23/12/15
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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