The story is amazing. James Clavell does a wonderful job of making you feel like you are a part of Japanese history. Masterful and VERY Well Done!
On the other hand, this has to be the absolute worst narration I have ever heard. I would not likely ever buy another book narrated by David Case. The narration was nearly a deal breaker for me. If the story was not so exceptional, I would have given up on the book in the first chapter. When you have a 48 hour long book, the voice reading it should at least be pleasing to hear, even if they have mispronunciations and bad accents, and all the characters sound the same.
Mariko was my favorite. She was so talented, so beautiful and so intelligent. It was amazing to see that she was able to accomplish as a woman in that era of Japanese history.
Unfortunately David's voice is just not pleasant to listen to. Perhaps book narrating was not the best choice of profession for him. He did a poor job with the accents and inflections. Blackthorne often came off sounding like a dolt and the Priests sounded more like Dracula than priests with Spanish accents.
The book is great and well worth devoting 48 hours to listen to it. Too bad it was narrated so poorly though. It could have been so much more enjoyable if read by a better narrator.
They should consider a re-release and redo this book with a better narrator.
You get a new insight into a culture that few Westerners will ever gain on the Japanese.
'Sarek'...again, because you gain an insight that hither to, you (more likely than not) do not have.
He gives a quite believable portrayal of the characters.
When Blackthorne, and Father Alveto come to a truce...and a possible understanding of each other.
Read or listen and learn something new...
It had been a long time since I had read the book so it was great to re-visit. The narration starts out to be a little annoying but I must admit he grew on me. I would highly suggest this book especially if your only experience was the mini-series. All though the mini-series was good it is quite different from the source material. Too bad Mr. Clavell never wrote a sequel to this story. The characters are beeging to continue.
The narration was so horrible that I went out and bought the book and gave up on the Audible version entirely after suffering through many dreadful hours with David Case. He pauses after every fourth or fifth word, placing a question mark in his inflection, which removes all the drama out of the sentence, and thus, the story. It's as annoying as fingernails on a chalkboard. I love to listen to long novels on my morning walks, and I struggled for days trying to get use to this obnoxious narrating style, but it couldn't be done. Total waste of a credit..... I can't believe an editor or a producer or SOMEBODY didn't step in and stop this insanity before he read all 1,000+ pages!
I was really very pleased with this audio. I had read several negative reviews based on the reader, but knew it was a great story and decided to go for it anyway. I will admit that Mr. Case started out slow at the beginning, until the Erasmus lands there is not really very much going on of interest other some very basic background about the main character. Once the story gets going, his characterizations were very well done and I could often tell who was speaking just by his characterization. Given the number of characters involved in the story, I consider that quite an accomplishment. Definitely worth 2 credits to me. Great insights into the way the Japanese think and view the outside world.
David Case has a wide range and makes the transition between the various languages understandable.
I have listen to Shogun several times as there is so much going on I constantly discover new things and it is such a great story.
The tv mini series was one of my favorite shows to watch. I have seen the whole thing close to 20 times. However, the book reveals so much more dept.
One of the best stories. Narrator was bad but about half way you get use to his narration. Does not diminish the story line though,
I read this book 30 years ago and it stayed in my top five, all time, favourite "reads" . As of now ( 2012 ), it has become one of my top five, all time, favourite " listens ". This novel is quintisential historical fiction, meaning you will not find better.
As expected, the Shogun story is excellent. The character development is superb and the chess game of life in feudal Japan is exquisitely described and expertly played. The reader does an excellent job of giving voice to the various characters and their moods. From a dying elderly Japanese woman to an angry Dutch merchant, he brings the nuances of the characters to life. Well done! Now, I can't wait to listen to Noble House!