“the book I was reading turned out to be crack” ― Elizabeth Norris, Unraveling
I wish there was a second book! A great insight into Japanese culture. I kind of wish I was a samuri.
Probably J Clavell's best book, but I could't get past the first few chapters because of the terrible performance. Flat, absolutely flat. Would if I could have rated zero stars on that.
At the Top.
Shogun and Tai Pan pretty much stand alone at the top of dramatic literature.
His skill at narration, his particular speaking voice suit this book superbly.
Totally gripped by this story, and I knew the whole story from before. After 40 hours of listening, I just wanted to listen for another 40 hours. I want to know what happens next!
I go through at least 4 book a month, and this is one of the best ever.
Good story, ok Narration.
The Feudal Japanese politics got a little over whelming a few times, but the author does a great job of reminding you later if you miss something. I read other James Clavell books years ago, and after listening to this I am going to get the other books in audio format.
The Narration we good with the Portuguese accents, fine with the general narration, but the robot like Japanese voices are pretty terrible.
Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.
I read some of the other reviews, and they said that after a while the book grabbed you.
I did not have this problem, it grabbed me from the first page.
I love historical fiction, but this is my first book dealing with the Japanese, it will not be the last.
With that said I wish the author had spent a little more time on the ending, it's almost like the he got tired at the end and took the easy way out, or someone told him that the book was to long.
Don't get me wrong I didn't mind the ending, just the way it was ended.
Great story I've read it before and loved it but that was years ago so I thought I would listen to it this time but the narrator made it unbearable.
Narrator voice is very annoying
Over the road Truck Driver. I enjoy audiobooks as they help the miles roll by.....Especially unabridged History and good Fiction.
Hmm... I like all kinds of stories, all kinds of genres... This rates about #2.
Lord Toranaga. Getting to know this (fictional) Daimyo and following his plots within plots within plots was fascinating. Mr. Clavell's depiction of a medieval Japanese warlord is dead on, IMHO.
When Blackthorne was made Samurai and Hatamoto.
No... Just a longing to have been able to see medieval Japan at the beginning of the Tokugawa Shogunate (This book is based around that time.)
LOOOOONG but great story. If you've got the time I suggest you check this one out.
No way. The only thing this audio version does is provide some pronunciation information.
Shogun is pretty unique in my experience.
The conversion of an Englishman into a Samurai.
The narration itself was ok, but the voices sounded like they were recited by someone using a voicebox.
Even though it is such a long novel, I truly wished it would never end. It's a sweeping epic about feudal Japan. Such wonderful detail about everything from the lowliest peasant to the samurai. Bonus: you get to pick up a few phrases of Japanese along the way.
I loved Toranaga. Masterful chess player in the game of life and death! Such a strategist.
Again Toranaga. He seemed to bring him to life. I could even picture Toshiro Mifune from the movie as David Case narrated him.
Would love to see it remade! I'm not good at tag lines so I'm not even gonna try...
I know some people had trouble with the narrator. Once he get past the first 30 minutes or so (primarily the Dutch characters) he seems to find his groove. I was please with the different Japanese voices(male and female) and I thought he read Father Alvito and Rodriguez very well too. Again, Toranaga was his best. If you end up liking the way he reads Blackthorn, I recommend listening to the Audiobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George. He does a masterful performance with that book.