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Shogun Audiobook

Shogun: The Epic Novel of Japan

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Publisher's Summary

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

James Clavell'sShōgun is a modern classic, a masterpiece of historical fiction that will continue to endure for decades to come.

©1975 James Clavell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Attila 11/06/2016
    Attila 11/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "An absolute epic."

    Always wanted to get through this work ever since I was a boy. Not disappointed I made the effort and took the plunge.
    It was tiring at the start but by the end I felt like the author had transported me back to feudal Japan and I did not want to leave.
    Will continue now with Taipan. I am hook on the Asian Saga.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lachlan Peterson 06/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    Insanely long, but worth every minute. Complex, detailed, interesting. Great for Game Of Thrones fans.

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    Brian 11/09/2016
    Brian 11/09/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Lord, an absolute masterclassin historical fiction"

    I have read Shogun several times over the years and now have listened to it several times.
    I loved it and for me, it is the crowning glory of Clavell's Asian series.
    An incredibly convoluted story line that always manages to stay on point and is always resolved.... magnificent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Australia 13/07/2016
    Bradley Australia 13/07/2016 Member Since 2014

    Let the Wookiee win.

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    "It is an Epic story"

    Listen to this then go watch the awesome telemovies from the 80s staring Richard Chamberlain as Anjin-san.

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  • Monty
    6/08/16
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    "Worthwhile Re-visit to an Adolescent read"

    A steady albeit full plot with much historical geo-political, nautical and military interest The characters are well fleshed albeit one dimensional. The strength of the novel lies in the cultural clash between Japanese and Elizabethan / European culture and the ensuing conflict both between the Euro/Japanese and Anglican/Catholic interests. Another success is the pacing of the plot and interest which made the completion of a 1000+ page novel entirely manageable.
    With reference to the performance, the sound production was disappointing with frequent fading out at the completion of sentences which was a distraction which occurred too frequently to be dismissed as a quirk instead of
    editing and sound mixing failure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    13/06/17
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    "Honor and bushido"

    Very nice to visit this book again, after 30 years.
    not the same as reading but good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cathryn
    Perth, Australia
    24/05/17
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    "a masterpiece"

    Possibly my favorite book ever. A deep study of cultural and religious fifferences, this book is also a cracking good read. Every day I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. Every evening I found myself chewing over the deeper concepts. A great book never really leaves you. Shogun has stayed in my thoughts years after my first reading.

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  • Robert
    21/05/17
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    "Shogun"

    Riveting and inspiring for 50 hrs. Just amazing! The detail and personalities are 3 dimensional and the narrator is unbelievably gifted. Cant wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carl Angelo Cepillo
    12/03/17
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    "Kept me awake for several nights"

    I love everythin about it, the storyline, the voice actor, the author. Simply the best story I've ever read. I was just a little disappointed that it ends, i was hoping the story would follow the story of Blackthorne even after the war. Well, shikata ga nai, ne? But the rest is marvelous.

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  • Simon
    9/03/17
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    "Simply amazing. "

    Long deep believable story with, well developed characters, excellent delivery. One of the best books I have ever experienced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Markuss
    28/07/16
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    "dwarfs game of thrones ;)"

    Excellent story and very well read. Really gave the feeling each character is unique. Shane it ended. Would have loved a Season 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Biborka
    1/05/16
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    "Japanese Culture in an Adventure Story"

    The story is just riveting! Super interesting, captivating, love story, war, adventures and you get a glimpse into Japanese culture and history as well. And you can also learn some pretty useful Japanese phrases. Fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bo B T
    New Hampshire,United States
    4/02/16
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    "Worth reading again!"

    I read Shogun when it was first published. While decades have past, it remains a good read. Very entertaining and educational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Netman
    Switzerland
    13/09/15
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    "Excellent narration"
    What did you love best about Shogun?

    The narration and the story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Anjinsan saves Toronaga during the earthquake, and the subsequent rise to Hatamoto


    If you could take any character from Shogun out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    One of the complaining crew. I can't recall his name,but I would have thrown him overboard!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Amazon Customer
    5/10/16
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    "Great story; poor audio"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The volume randomly dips towards the end of sentences, rudely interrupting what is an amazing story.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • P A Youngs
    23/05/16
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    "Spellbound..."

    An absolute must! I read the book years ago and the audio is a compliment. James Clavell is an incredible author and the narrator was excellent, with huge empathy and characters.
    Totally recommend, you wouldn't be disappointed

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Janine
    BRACKNELL, United Kingdom
    20/07/16
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    "Breathtaking!"

    This book is rightfully considered a classic, the depth and scope of of it breathtaking.

    Brief synopsis: Set in the late 1500's during Queen Elizabeth I 's reign, a ship makes it to Japan, the first Protestants to do so. The English know about Japan, but it is a closely guarded secret of Catholic Spanish and Portuguese trade.

    The pilot of the ship, John Blackthorne, is a rarity in that he is well educated and articulate and manages to adapt to the Japanese rigid caste structure and culture. He survives and thrives where the majority of Europeans are unable to. He becomes a pawn in the deep plans of a Lord Toranaga while planning to take the Religious wars of Europe to the Jesuit silk trade monopoly.

    Japanese society is described in loving detail, bringing it to life in a way that Europeans can access. It is an alien society to the West.

    The narration is great, the story superb. IMO, the best of the Asian Saga.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • G. Walker
    UK
    21/01/16
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    "Ralph is the best narrator ever"

    Awesome enjoyed so much I have ordered the tv series to watch again. Best narrator ,most voice character's of any of the 12 audio books I have. 10 Stars

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Northern Boy
    The North West
    25/06/17
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    "A great story spoiled by a poor recording"

    I bought this recording having read and enjoyed the book. I enjoyed Ralph Listers performance but the constant clicking at the end of each phrase has driven me to abandon this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • george
    23/06/16
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    "Amazing epic"

    I can't believe that I listened to over 50 hours of story. I will miss it like a lost friend.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moose Chan
    Chatham, Kent
    11/10/16
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    "Brilliant - could and have listened to for hours!"

    Loved it, brilliant narrator and so interesting! Would recommend! I Love that it is based on Anjin Muira (William Adams)!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marcin Grzadzielski
    30/08/16
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    "Brilliant!"

    Epic story that was so amazingly adapted to the small screen all those years ago. Still engaging and beautiful.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • dzadams
    3/02/16
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    "Brilliant"

    This is the fourth time I have read, watched and listened to this fascinating book. I was very surprised how the audio book was just as good as reading it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Tiptree, United Kingdom
    3/08/15
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    "Shogun, the story of Japan"
    Would you listen to Shōgun again? Why?

    Yes, and have done many times. <br/><br/>I enjoy the story very much


    What other book might you compare Shōgun to, and why?

    Quo Vadis<br/><br/>Both are enjoyable historical stories.


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

    None sorry


    Any additional comments?

    Learn the Japanese language😁😁😁

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful

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