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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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    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.

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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.

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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.

    2 of 2 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.


    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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
  • 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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  • Unique Pseudonym
    30/01/17
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    "Masterful Narration"

    Like, Shogun before it, this book seems very well researched, adding to the believability and, if you're like me, the fun.

    The narration is nothing short of masterful. I think another reviewer wrote that the style took some time to get used to and I agree. After listening to the sample I thought that Jackson's style just wasn't for me but I gave it a go anyway and quickly got used to it. The tone really suits the tale but what really sucked me in were the accents and voices given so well to such a range of characters. Such a talent. For me that made it a performance I couldn't wait to get back into whenever I had a moment.

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  • Tim
    26/01/17
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    "Fantastic book"

    Rich, engaging, historic, characters with depth, a plot with twists and turns. Insight into the difference in cultures where East meets West. This book has everything. Probably in the top 5 of my best books of all time. A big book, but always a page turner. I just didn't want it to end.

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  • charliekneen
    4/01/17
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    "Awesome book which was one of the best readings"

    Great reading which captures the characters beautifully. The characters are rich and the story is much more satisfying than Shogun in my opinion.

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  • ann watson
    29/12/16
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    "Just loved it!!"

    Another fantastic book. Second of the trilogy, can't wait to hear the third. Definitely recommended

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  • George
    UK
    11/11/16
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    "Incredible"
    What did you like most about Tai-Pan?

    I found myself hooked from start to finish. I read this book 30 years ago and knew how good it was but the narration really brought it to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to over 100 Audible books in the last few years. This would definitely be in my top 5. In fact probably the best narration on any of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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