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.
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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.
New narration, MUCH superior to the older version. Possibly Clavell's best historical novel and Gildart Jackson does it justice at last.
"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.
"Ripping good yarn with expert narration"
This is one of the best I've listened to.
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.
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.
Massive, immersive. A great listen. The original Clavell novel. So many stands to follow it is never boring
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.
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.
"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.
"Classic Historical Adventure"
Does for Hong Kong what Shogun did for European involvement in Japan. 40 years after reading the book, my admiration has not diminished. Great narrator.
Read this a long time ago and probably remember on 10% of the story but to hear this in a clear and concise reading with al the accents to convey the characters so well (with the exception of an American accent) a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
Long story but easily picked up where leave off and will have your images of the formation of Hong Kong well impressed with its trials and tribulations long established. The differing cultures and beliefs are well conveyed.
A great audio book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a ripping good yarn.
"Great saga of early Hong Kong"
James Clavell writes an absorbing Boys Own Paper type of saga, full of swashbuckling characters against a real historical backdrop. The narrator is extremely good with accents, especially the main Chinese female voice which had me laughing out loud at times.
I read the book years ago and had forgotten most of it so it was a treat to escape once again into the world of the Noble House. Great beach listening!
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