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Tai-Pan Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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!

Number one New York Times best-selling author James Clavell's works have become beloved modern classics. This critically acclaimed historical novel is another fine example of a master at work.

©1966 James Clavell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Attila 28/06/2016
    Attila 28/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Epic"

    Taipan is the author at his absolute best. A fantastic read and great performance from the narrator who voice acts more than reads. This is sure to make the time fly by.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 02/07/2017
    Andrew 02/07/2017
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    "What an incredible story! By Jos!"

    Gilbert Jackson is a force, bring this fantastical good story to life. You will not be disappointed!

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    Brian 19/12/2016
    Brian 19/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "fantastic"

    Gilbert is an amazing reader and I was enthralled from the beginning to the very end. he bought each character vividly to life. This offering was unabridged and I wish all your books were, unfortunately, this is not the case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sarah
    Jerusalem, Israel
    8/05/15
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    "Tai-Pan Rerecorded"

    New narration, MUCH superior to the older version. Possibly Clavell's best historical novel and Gildart Jackson does it justice at last.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jarkko
    14/08/16
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    "Great performance, albeit overacted on occasion"

    The novel was as epic as I remembered from my youth, and the reading brought excellent life on the characters. The voices beyond the reader's own scale (namele women and children) were often overacted and might have been better if read by a female, but overall score is five stars and an extra star sticker for effort.

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  • Thomas D.
    22/09/16
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    "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've ever come across. It's a big statement but for me all boxes were ticked. The story is excellent- full of action, intrigue, subtleties of human nature and fantastic historical connotations of the time and all things naval. However what really makes this book stand out is the narration- Gildart Jackson is a genius at work. I've never heard a narrator display such a great command of so many roles making the story flow and the characters really come to life. Quite simply a work of class. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    5/04/16
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    "Ripping good yarn with expert narration"
    Where does Tai-Pan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best I've listened to.


    Have you listened to any of Gildart Jackson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not. But Gildart's characterisations are amazing. I would not hesitate to listen to this again, comparing it favourably to the voices on the other Clavell novels.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • HA
    23/03/16
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    "excellent"

    thought I might get annoyed with the narrator but persisted and ended up really enjoying his style . The story is just great accepting the plausibility of fictional ! highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    18/01/16
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    "Sprawling!"

    Massive, immersive. A great listen. The original Clavell novel. So many stands to follow it is never boring

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A.matheson
    27/05/17
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    "You will not find a better story."

    Absolutely brilliant.
    Characterisation is as good as anything I have ever read. Particularly strong female characters too. However, nobody beats the Tai-Pan.

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  • Crime Fiction Groupie
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    20/05/17
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    "Fantastic story and narration"

    I've been delighted to find Clavell's books on audio, having read them when I was much younger. Tai Pan is a rollicking good story, with really strong characters (Dirk is a bit like Reacher - men want to be him, women want to be with him!). The narration was excellent, given the variety of characters in the book, each with such specific country/cultural backgrounds. Even the Scottish dialect was reasonable, since it usually gets mangled by narrators unless they are actually Scottish!

    Excellent value for money too - got this as one of my 'monthly subscriptions', getting more than 30h listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plamen
    5/05/17
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    "Amazing!!"

    Superb book!!! Superb narration as well. The narrator really puts"character" on the characters. Great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    24/04/17
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    "Why'd it have to end!"

    His books alway leave you wanting to have at bit more, and saying as they run for about 50plus. Great story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr David Yeaman
    3/04/17
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    "Narration issues"

    If you think Shrek has a good Scots accent you'll love this book otherwise the narration is unbearable for a native Scot to listen to. I reclaimed my credit and will be reading this great book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RobbieBMilo
    South East England
    16/03/17
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    "Slow to start but stick with it"

    I find X1.25 the best speed. Too slow otherwise- good story in the end but not as good as shogun.

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