I use long, unabridged works on the way home from work to learn something new. Historical fiction is very good at getting me to learn about the past in an interesting way. Shogun's narrator David Case is excellent. His voices help bring the story to life.
Only if it could be bought cheaply.
David Case has apparently never heard the Japanese language spoken. He falls into the English habit of anglicizing all "foreign" languages. His Japanese accented English sounds Eastern European. He has only two voices, one for the Pilot, and the Japanese and the Portuguese pilot, and the other for the rest of the characters.
Yes. I watched the mini-series many years ago.
Well it is SHOGUN so of course it's awesome. Now as an audio read the reader was OK could have been better but he wasn't bad. I love SHOGUN even the mini series. Now some say SHOGUN isn’t true or the history is off... of course it is it's FICTION LITTERATEUR... but it's an amazing read as a book and a really good listen as an Audible Book. I wish, pray, and hope one day you'll do the Tale of the Heike as an Audible and Musashi (please please please) those would sell great. I'd love to be the reader too. Anyway overall it's well worth it.
The story and plot are great.
Yes he's good just needs the right book.
It is a mini series... should be redone as a movie or better a television series.
Loved it great passing of time while driving. I wish, i pray, and i hope one day you'll do the Tale of the Heike as an Audible and Musashi (please please please) those would sell great.
I have loved this book for years, and it was good as an audio, although all the bad things that have been said about the narrator are true, I somewhat did get used to it and the robot sounding Japanese only bothered me a little.
crazy rottie mom
This book is by far one of James Clavells best work, I read the book years ago and fell in love with it, the characters are full and their own stories captivating. I thought the audiobook would be fabulous, it was the biggest dissapointment I ever had. The narration and the sound quality was terrible. The quality and volume changed throughout the presentation, and the worst was the narrator David Chase, his pronounciation of Japanese was an affront to a beautiful language, it made me cringe. Shame on the producers for producing such a substandard piece of work and casting such an unqualified person. His narration ruined this audiobook for me, so much so that I returned it unfinished and very dissatisfied.
Excellent narrative. I immerse myself in the characters.
The Godfather. You live the characters.
His passion for the book itself.
Yes. Definately. I read the paperback over 10 times.
You will love Shogun. Action, Adventure, Intrigue, Forbidden love...One of the best novels ever written by a master...a literary genius.
The story is one of the best I've ever read but the narrator is not quite up to snuff. His emphasis on the words doesn't feel right at times. Looses some of the impact that I feel when I read the book myself.
Not that great
Read this book many years ago and thought I would enjoy hearing it. The story is so good, but it's really hard listening to David Case's narration. His voices all sound pretty much the same and when he isn't speaking in character, his tone is monotonous to the point where I find myself losing the story and have to rewind to pick it up. Sad.
The narrator's gravelly and voice was an insurmountable obstacle to listening to the story. I stopped after a short while and abandoned it. Very disappointed.