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Anthony

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  • Noble House

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (364)

    The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure, from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes: fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, rich in every trade: money, flesh, opium, power.

    Lily says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "Brilliant reading"
    Overall

    Since Clavell's lengthy novel is well known, I will comment only on the reading of this audio book, by the noted audio book reader John Lee. It is an astounding performance, making it seem almost as if each character were represented by a different actor. The accents are Chinese, British, American, Irish, French, and presumably various others, each sounding authentic and varied further for each character. The expressivity is likewise excellent. Even in places where the text of the book may seem unnecessarily long, there's never a dull moment, because of the reading. You can just relax and enjoy life among a colorful, multinational bunch of characters in Hong Kong in the early 1960s.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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