I love all of James Clavell's novels. Having read them all years ago, I was glad to see them on Audiobooks. He is one of my favorite authors and knows how to weave a story with strong characters and intriguing plots.
John Lee, the narrator of Tai-Pan, is also a master storyteller using his voice. His reading enhanced the story and added depth to the characters, excitement to the adventures, intrigue to the plotting, and humor to the interactions.
I highly recommend this audiobook because it teams a fantastic story with multi-faceted voice that draws you into the story with what seems like a cast of a thousand. John Lee takes on the character he is reading and becomes the conduit for James Clavell's work. You as the listener become a part of the world of the Tai-Pan.
I was/am a great dad, but my girls are in Sugar Land Tx and Billings Mt!
Perhaps the better question is will I listen to the sequel, noble house again. I listened to and loved Noble House, but now I'm going back through it after reading Taipan. Both novels expose Clavell's masterful story telling and excellent research of Hong Kong culture. This combined with John Lee's performance makes for one of the best experiences Audible has offered.
No question it would be the sequel, Noble House. These books remind of Ken Follet's historical fiction as well. Great characters, the colorful and unforgettable culture of the Chinese...
Absolutely one of the best novels of the Clavell Asian saga. John Lee is, as always, FANTASTIC. No way anyone who like audio books will not listen to this multiple time. I have listened to it 3 times this year.
Tai Pan is fantastic but lengthy, but then again so are most of Clavell's books. It's not the greatest audiobook I've listened to but it's far from the worst.
Any of the other books in his Asian Saga. I have only read two, Tai-Pan and Shogun. They are based on real people and real events, but you learn so much about the cultures and histories. I moved to Hong Kong for a year so I was looking for some good books to read and remembered he had written one. I read Shogun a few years ago and loved it--but only managed one successful re-read. They are L O N G.
The voices! John Lee is great with the accents and reading in character. Sometimes I have a hard time really imagining what people are supposed to sound like, so John Lee brings them to life for me.
My only extreme reaction was OMG this book is so long... towards the end I get a bit fatigued and take more breaks. But I was sucked in so it wasn't a boring story, just felt like I had been reading for-ev-er.
I couldn't resist buying this title after all the stellar reviews on this site. However, this book is just a cheesy 1970's bodice ripper. And boring, to boot. Every character fits into a stereotyped mold: hero, villain, fallen angel, sly native, etc. Save your points.
I listen to maybe 20 books per year. This is absolutely outstanding. I immediately went and downloaded Noble House and I intend to work my way through all the Clavell books. Why don't they write books like this anymore?
I read this book along with others by Clavell a long time ago. Listening to John Lee narrate this epic story was fascinating. I loved every minute of it -- even the ending. Although, I felt sad to leave all of the characters -- you know that empty feeling when a great story ends. This book embodies all of the reasons we spend time with great fiction. For those moments I was listening, I was transported to another time and place.
Immediately started listening a second time.
Huge fan of the O'brian series. This is the best thing I have read since finishing them.
Hands down the best narrator I have ever heard after listening to 200 or so audiobooks. I can't describe how incredible Lee is. This guy should be forced to live in a recording studio and not be allowed to see the light of day until he has narrated 1000's of books. He needs to narrate Shogun damn it!
Stupid question Audible! Wtf?
I don't write many reviews on here. This book and narrator were so incredible I felt compelled to....
It was several intricate plots that held my attention. Really good attention to character development. I did have some trouble transitioning between scenes but could kind of fill in the blanks. Not sure if this was due to listening to the book rather then reading... hard to tell.
John Lee's performance was outstanding. His easy flow between characters was mesmerizing!