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Publisher's Summary

Listeners will be captivated by 47 Ronin, a novelization by Joan D. Vinge.

From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 Ronin. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors. 47 Ronin is helmed by visionary director Carl Erik Rinsch (The Gift). Inspired by styles as diverse as Miyazaki and Hokusai, Rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless Ronin story to global audiences in a way that’s never been seen before.

©2013 Universal Studios Licensing LLLP (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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  • Jerry Morelock
  • 28-12-2017

Boring, Boring, Boring

Short and sweet--
The writing is VERY repetitive and often juvenile.
The narrator has a singsong delivery and doesn't offer much distinction with character voices. So far as I can tell, he doesn't completely butcher the Japanese names and vocabulary. He gets an extra star for that.
After about three hours I could no longer tolerate listening.
I have over 650 books in my library.
This is the only book I've ever returned.

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  • A. Sunmonu
  • 27-06-2016

better than the movie!

loved the details in the audio book version - missing from the movie version. mix of history, fantasy and Japanese culture/ folklore.
Definitely recommend it.

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  • Robert McKee
  • 20-01-2014

Book written for the movie

This story has its roots in a historical event and is an above average story in my opinion. The book does have differences from the movie but I think the book was commissioned by the studio for the movie. In general I think books written this way suffer but this one had a good base to start with and it seems to be hard to find a book that deals with honor and loyalty.

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  • monte
  • 26-02-2014

Great

Great book for long trip will keep you on the edge of your seat all the time

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  • Johandre
  • 28-06-2018

A great story, well performed... Mostly.

I loved it... but my goodness I cringed so hard! The work is laden with Japanese words left in for effect: with the effect lost and grinding against the story, as they are poorly pronounced. Saki instead of Saké, phrases like Sakura blossoms, with double length う (u) sounds. If you know even a little Japanese, take heed. You might want to flip the occasional table out of frustration that someone could go through the effort of recording a book, but didn't practice pronunciation of the frequently used 20 or 30 Japanese words. For the rest of you: This is a great story, most of the performance is very good.

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  • Hunter
  • 12-12-2013

HALF BREED,HALF BREED,HALF BREED!!!

Can't wait to watch the movie Christmas Day,Keanu Reeves will kill it he is KAI..Kai is a outcast half breed that was taken in by the clan leader. Raised with his daughter Mika he has a great new life untill Mika falls in love with Kai.After this Kai has to live on his own as a tracker for the clan and he knows he is different,Kai can fight better than the Samurai and after he proves this everything falls apart.Mika's father is put to death and all of his loyal Sumurai are banished.Oishi and his 47 Ronin with Kai will avenge their honor and take back their homeland.Kai will fight to the death to free and show his love for Mika.Their end will be honorable....

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  • Shelley Dawson
  • 03-09-2016

What a load of old tosh

What would have made 47 Ronin better?

Actually using language more similar to the structure of that used in that (fictional) time.

Has 47 Ronin put you off other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Steve Baker’s performances?

It wasn't that bad, the writing was appauling.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was introduced to stories about Japan by James Clavell's Shogun which was brilliant. Since then, I've been fascinated about tales of old Japan and the principle of Bushido. However, I am not a martial arts nutter. This book tells an ancient story and is worth far greater literary talent than the writer of this load of rubbish.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money.

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