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.
Let the Wookiee win.
Listen to this then go watch the awesome telemovies from the 80s staring Richard Chamberlain as Anjin-san.
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.
"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.
"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
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.
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.
I can't believe that I listened to over 50 hours of story. I will miss it like a lost friend.
"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😁😁😁
"Keep with it..."
This is a tough book to get into for a number of reasons - but I am over 30 hours in and it's starting to heat up!
The issues are minor but plenty and I nearly gave up. Firstly, the language used doesn't flow and the overuse of blasphemy and religion is grating at times. I get that the era was dominated by religion but it was too much at times. Secondly, keeping up with Japanese names/regions is tough - you really need a cast list which might be present in the book form. Lastly, the narrator has a very annoying habit of going quiet on the occasional word - probably to make it dramatic but it can be hard to hear what is being said. If you turn the volume up then its too loud for the majority of the time.
The good - once you've got over the language, the characters and the annoying quiet words what you have is a fantastic story of Japanese culture and how Eastern/Western worlds were (are?) so different and to some degree incompatible. The main character is Blackthorne - an English pilot (navigator on a ship) - who is shipwrecked in Japan and his integration into the Japanese world. He is used as a pawn in the games of the Japanese elite and as war beckons Blackthorne has his own plans of how to make the most of his circumstances.
"Amazing story, fantastic performance"
Amazing book- ones gets inside the mind of the Japanese. As always, Clavell delivers history, culture and enjoyable fiction. And great writing, too.
Any of Clavell's books.
He was amazing- a voice actor. He transformed his voice for each character, so it made it easy - and enjoyable - to follow; he even imitated hawk noises, screams of samurai, etc. I was literally just inside the story with his performance. It's now a struggle to not be disappointed with the less artistic reader of my next book.
Continued admiration for Clavell.
"All time Top 3!"
It is a vast story and initially i wasn't sure if i'd listen to it all. Once the first few hours had past and the story really started it was truly captivating. Clavell paints a vivid picture of feudal Japan during the 1600's and you feel transported to another time and place. I loved how the language is introduced and used throughout the book and also the Japanese society, everyday life and complicated politics of power that play out over the course of the book.
It's an absolute masterpiece in my opinion and i could've happily listened to the story for another 50 hours!
Not going to spoil the story for anyone so i will just say there are many memorable moments. If i had to pick one, for me it would be Blackthorne and Mariko. That is all i shall say..
I like his performances in other books and this is no exception, fantastic characterizations. There are a lot of characters to follow and it's made much more enjoyable by his narration.
There were many and i don't want to give anything away if you haven't read/listened to the book.
Just get it!
I feel this is one of those books everyone should read/listen to at least once in their lives.
I was so enthralled by the book that it's made me want to learn more about Japanese history and culture.
Looking forward to listening to the other books in the Asian Saga.
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