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Publisher's Summary

A novelization based on the film starring Keanu Reeves from legendary author 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • MDBI
  • 10-09-2021

Beautiful and intense

Not only an excellent physical adventure but one of opening up the mind and heart. Loved it!!!

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  • JJ
  • 15-04-2021

do not wast your credit or time with this.

This book was written for a 6 year old. If you buy this book be ready to have something hat happened repeated two or three times only to be explained again every time that character or situation is mentioned again.

I wish I would of listened to the reviews I read about this book before I wasted my time and credit.

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  • Austin
  • 18-04-2020

Descent Enough

I thought this was a pretty good book. I listened to the whole thing, so it didn't suck, but I was ready for it to be over by the end of it. It can be quite the slog at times, and the narrator is the most drab narrator they could have found. Watch the movie, skip the book.

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  • Jonathan W.
  • 14-04-2020

An fun romp into fantasy Japan!

If you like Bushido, Oni (demons), Yokai (tengu) mixed with medieval Japanese historical fiction, you will enjoy this tale.

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  • Old ManParker
  • 26-08-2018

Love Keanu yet book's far better than the film!

The ultimate story of ...Death Before Dishonor.
Genius!
Joan D. Vinge wrote a fantasy / Samurai epic.
I love Keanu Reeves, but this book is far far FAR better than the film.
Everything's tied together in a beautiful intricate tale.
So many sub-plots.
All the reasons behind why and who all those fantastic characters are...
...and why every event happens as it does.
The movie seems like a mere pre-view of the book.
47 Ronin ~
A supernatural turn on a classic Japanese samurai legend.
A fantastic tale of a half human/half demon boy,
Who helps save a relentless Samurai who has lost everything.
Yet the samurai’s will cannot be broken by the most evil plots
of supernatural foes and human greed, desire and madness.
On a long journey, the half demon and the samurai they gain revenge, humanity, friendship, dignity, love and most of all, honor.

Ôishi: When a crime goes unpunished the world is unbalanced. When the wrong is unavenged the heavens look down on us in shame. We too must die for this circle of vengeance to be closed. We will leave this record of our courage so the world will know who we were and what we did.

Tonight, we will regain our honor and avenge our lord.

None of us knows how long he shall live or when his time will come, but soon, all that will be left of our brief lives is the pride our children feel when they speak our names.

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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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  • 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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