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.
James Clavell'sShōgun is a modern classic, a masterpiece of historical fiction that will continue to endure for decades to come.
©1975 James Clavell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Always wanted to get through this work ever since I was a boy. Not disappointed I made the effort and took the plunge.
It was tiring at the start but by the end I felt like the author had transported me back to feudal Japan and I did not want to leave.
Will continue now with Taipan. I am hook on the Asian Saga.
Let the Wookiee win.
Listen to this then go watch the awesome telemovies from the 80s staring Richard Chamberlain as Anjin-san.
"Worthwhile Re-visit to an Adolescent read"
A steady albeit full plot with much historical geo-political, nautical and military interest The characters are well fleshed albeit one dimensional. The strength of the novel lies in the cultural clash between Japanese and Elizabethan / European culture and the ensuing conflict both between the Euro/Japanese and Anglican/Catholic interests. Another success is the pacing of the plot and interest which made the completion of a 1000+ page novel entirely manageable.
With reference to the performance, the sound production was disappointing with frequent fading out at the completion of sentences which was a distraction which occurred too frequently to be dismissed as a quirk instead of
editing and sound mixing failure.
"Kept me awake for several nights"
I love everythin about it, the storyline, the voice actor, the author. Simply the best story I've ever read. I was just a little disappointed that it ends, i was hoping the story would follow the story of Blackthorne even after the war. Well, shikata ga nai, ne? But the rest is marvelous.
"Simply amazing. "
Long deep believable story with, well developed characters, excellent delivery. One of the best books I have ever experienced.
"dwarfs game of thrones ;)"
Excellent story and very well read. Really gave the feeling each character is unique. Shane it ended. Would have loved a Season 2
"Japanese Culture in an Adventure Story"
The story is just riveting! Super interesting, captivating, love story, war, adventures and you get a glimpse into Japanese culture and history as well. And you can also learn some pretty useful Japanese phrases. Fascinating.
"Worth reading again!"
I read Shogun when it was first published. While decades have past, it remains a good read. Very entertaining and educational.
The narration and the story
When Anjinsan saves Toronaga during the earthquake, and the subsequent rise to Hatamoto
One of the complaining crew. I can't recall his name,but I would have thrown him overboard!
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 huge empathy and characters.
Totally recommend, you wouldn't be disappointed
"Great story; poor audio"
The volume randomly dips towards the end of sentences, rudely interrupting what is an amazing story.
"Ralph is the best narrator ever"
Awesome enjoyed so much I have ordered the tv series to watch again. Best narrator ,most voice character's of any of the 12 audio books I have. 10 Stars
"Brilliant - could and have listened to for hours!"
Loved it, brilliant narrator and so interesting! Would recommend! I Love that it is based on Anjin Muira (William Adams)!
This book is rightfully considered a classic, the depth and scope of of it breathtaking.
Brief synopsis: Set in the late 1500's during Queen Elizabeth I 's reign, a ship makes it to Japan, the first Protestants to do so. The English know about Japan, but it is a closely guarded secret of Catholic Spanish and Portuguese trade.
The pilot of the ship, John Blackthorne, is a rarity in that he is well educated and articulate and manages to adapt to the Japanese rigid caste structure and culture. He survives and thrives where the majority of Europeans are unable to. He becomes a pawn in the deep plans of a Lord Toranaga while planning to take the Religious wars of Europe to the Jesuit silk trade monopoly.
Japanese society is described in loving detail, bringing it to life in a way that Europeans can access. It is an alien society to the West.
The narration is great, the story superb. IMO, the best of the Asian Saga.
I can't believe that I listened to over 50 hours of story. I will miss it like a lost friend.
This is the fourth time I have read, watched and listened to this fascinating book. I was very surprised how the audio book was just as good as reading it.
"Shogun, the story of Japan"
Yes, and have done many times.
I enjoy the story very much
Both are enjoyable historical stories.
Learn the Japanese language😁😁😁
"A STUPENDOUS, MARVELOUSLY DETAILED STORY."
An amazing insight into the Japanese mind. A very detailed and progressive yarn.
The death of Mariko.
The Samurai mind.
This story has given some meaning to the Japanese behaviour in World War 2. I have no doubt that there were many Japanese soldiers who "jumped on the Samurai" band wagon and behaved very badly indeed to their captives. Or perhaps it was the way of the warrior or Bushido that led to the ill treatment. Whichever it was, it makes you think.
"Phenomenal Samurai story"
If you have an interest in and would like to learn something about the Japanese Samurai, their culture, way of thinking and life, this is a must read. It's fantastic.
The story line and all the characters are intriguing, it's very difficult to put down. Made so much so by the great ability of the Narrator, which as we know can ruin a good story.
I'm eager to dive into another, it's My Karma.
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