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The Forty-Seven Ronins | [Takashi Takamia]

The Forty-Seven Ronins

This famous story chronicles the end of the lives of the Forty-Seven Ronin, also know as the Forty-Seven Samurai. It is described by one noted Japanese scholar as the country's "national legend". It recounts the most famous case involving the Samurai code of honor, "bushido".
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One snowy night in 1702, 47 ronin (masterless samurai warriors) avenged the death of their daimyo (i.e. "lord") in a brilliant raid. The episode has become ingrained in Japanese history as an example of the samurai code.

Takashi Takamia’s The Forty-Seven Ronins offers one rendition of this story. In his telling, the ronin’s daimyo, Asano, was bullied by a high official named Kira into an attack that led to Asano’s death. Asano’s warriors plot a careful revenge, scattering throughout the country and lulling Kira into a sense of safety, before they meet again.

Walter Covell’s driving delivery and masterly pronunciation of Japanese names help accentuate this bloody tale of vengeance.

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This famous story chronicles the end of the lives of the Forty-Seven Ronin, also know as the Forty-Seven Samurai. It is described by one noted Japanese scholar as the country's "national legend". It recounts the most famous case involving the Samurai code of honor, "bushido".

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    chris las vegas, NV, United States 04-10-10
    chris las vegas, NV, United States 04-10-10 Member Since 2005
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    I enjoyed this audio. It is very short and is about a bunch of ronin who avenge their master's death. It was short and to the point. Had it been an hour longer, maybe it would have been too much. For under $2 this story is worth it though.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Fair Oaks, CA, United States 11-29-10
    Amanda Fair Oaks, CA, United States 11-29-10
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    Be warned: if you have any knowledge of Japanese pronunciation, this reading is almost physically painful at times. If you don't know to tell, however, then by all means take a listen. The reading is otherwise very well done, and the story a classic.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marc SAUNDERS College way, San diego 05-22-11
    Marc SAUNDERS College way, San diego 05-22-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Japanese pronunciation will make you wince"

    This is an awful rendition of a classic tale. Don't waste your money. Narration to fall asleep by.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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