No. Nicolai Hel sounded much different in my head. Bit of a milk toast snob in this performance.
When Cagot dresses elegantly for the dinner party.
When he meets Madam Director.
Shibumi is well-written and the characters are well-developed. Stereotypes are used, but not overused. The plot moves along at a nice clip, occasionally pausing for a breather before taking off in a completely unexpected direction. Considering how long ago this novel was written, the author did an amazing job of predicting future technology.
The character of Nicolai Hel - he's complex, disciplined and very human.
Yes, but it would be a spoiler. It's very, very close to the end of the book and involves Nicolai and his concubine sitting in their garden.
I enjoy audiobooks generally. The action scenes are well read and exciting. There were a few long winded parts and they were more interesting in audio than reading, judging from the comments in my bookclub group.
Most of the time, I was very engaged and interested.
Good voices and reading style.
Not too much.
Like the books of Ian Fleming and Robert Ludlum, Shibumi blends international intrigue, espionage and suspense. The main character's unusual blend of Western lineage and Eastern philosophy grants him exceptional abilities for dealing with a wide range of adversaries and challenging situations. Joe Barrett does a commendable job of bringing the variety of characters to life, especially by using convincing accents for Russian, Japanese, English, American and even Basque individuals.
Clearly written in the 1970s, this novel has technological aspects and a couple of cultural attitudes that make it dated. This does not interfere with the story or the suspense. Like Dickens, Tevanian knows an essential part of a good tale is a good villian. There are enough to spare in Shibumi.
One drawback is the order of the download. This is the second time a book I've purchsed has had the forst and second parts reversed. If not careful, the listener gets the end of the book first!
I enjoy the narrator as well as the story
ANOTHER BOOK WITH NO INTEREST TO THE LISTENER. I TRIED TO LISTEN TO THIS TRASH , NO GOOD
I live in the Seattle area and love to read or listen to books with a hot cup of tea and a cat on my lap when it is cold and raining outside
Adventure with Style...
Exploring caves and hunting down the bad guys, tuning the garden water features.
there are so many it's hard to choose only one...
Hard to put the book down...
Over the years I have read Shibumi several times and I am looking forward to reading/listening to it again...I have Shibumi in hard bound and this is the first time I listened to it being dramatically read to me. I like both ways of enjoying a good book.
I have recommended this book to any and everyone I've talked to in the last week. I thought it was absolutely amazing. Shibumi is the art of subtle awesomeness and this book is dripping with it.. Hilarious, witty, insightful, and classy, SHibumi has it all.
My favorite character? Like there is any debate. Nicholai Hel is maybe the most bad ass character of all time in any book ever. He make James Bond and Hason Born look like Girl Scouts. He is more suave than Bruce Wayne and could whip Batman in a fight. He is the sum total of all things that are manly and awesome.
I laughed hard several times while I was listening to Shibumi. It is pure genius.
Any of the other reviewers who gave this book a bad review must not have gotten it. It is nothing if not clever, and cleverness is lost on many people these days.
This is a book that takes one away to many exotic, interesting, intriguing places. Folks with limited imagination or intellect may find themselves fighting boredom, but here is a book that tours war-torn Shanghai, the game of Go, an American prison in post-war Japan, the fire-bombing of Tokyo, spelunking in the Basque Pyrenees, and other delightful side-trips. More than anything else, this book is FUN. It is NOT a serious, high tension drama with a devious plot. If anything, it is a melodramatic excursion in a fashion similar to The Eiger Sanction, or even the "spoofier" Loo Sanction. Joe Barrett's reading verges on pure genius.
I really enjoyed this book. The descriptions of Japanese culture, art, beliefs, gardens, etc. was exceptional. As was the hero. Good, good story.