This story is amazing. I learned so much about the Japanese customs that I never knew from this. As well as a few words of Japanese while listening to it. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately purchased the other James Clavell books available. I have always enjoyed historical novels but this is one that truly amazed me. You have got to read (listen) to it. The narrator does a great job with the different characters voices and keeps the story moving with voice inflection. This is the best thing about audio books. I can read a book while I am driving totally wonderful.
Say something about yourself!
A fantastic listen with a narrator that blossoms like a Japanese Cherry Tree.
An adventure story writhing with human frailties and great strengths, sorrowful tragedies interwoven with the beauty of love and respect.
This book is for anyone who believes in the honour a death deserves, and the glory of being alive.
The narrator ruined this book he had such a thick accent that you couldn't hardly understand what was being said and he wasn't even trying to portray a character.
the story - clavell tells such a great story. having read the book this was like visiting with an old friend. New to Audible - I am really appreciating taking listening to a book.
I would not deliberately seek out any of David Case's other performances.
This is one of the most wonderful books I've read in a very long time, and hearing it over audio hasn't diminished it's effect one bit.
James Clavell is clearly a master not only of story crafting but also of actual Japanese history. He manages to educate and entertain simultaneously whilst narrating a completely fictional story that will make you believe that every word of it is historically correct.
As for the audio narrator, well...
Many other comments have mentioned that his voice is very robotic and grating, and there is some merit to their claims.
However, if you tough it out long enough to get used to his style then it rarely becomes a problem. He does a fine job reflecting which one of the 5 languages (dutch, Portuguese, japanese, Latin, english) being spoken at any given time in his tone, and he never slurs or mumbles a line.
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.