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47 Ronin | [John Allyn, Stephen Turnbull (foreword)]

47 Ronin

For those looking for the real story behind the fictionalized movie account of the 47 Ronin story, this is the definitive, fascinating account of this unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. It led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history, and in the process, created a new set of heroes in Japan.
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Publisher's Summary

For those looking for the real story behind the fictionalized movie account of the 47 Ronin story, this is the definitive, fascinating account of this unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. It led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history, and in the process, created a new set of heroes in Japan.

In 1701, young Lord Asano is goaded into attacking a corrupt official at the Japanese Court. Although the wound Asano inflicts is minimal, the Emperor's punishment is harsh: Lord Asano is ordered to commit seppuku, or ritual suicide. His lands are confiscated and his family is dishonored and exiled. His samurai retainers now become ronin, or masterless, and are dispersed.

These ronin are not trusted by their enemies and live under the watchful eyes of spies for months. They appear to adapt to their new circumstances by becoming tradesmen and teachers. But the ronin only seem to accept their fate. They are in fact making careful plans for revenge, biding their time until the moment to strike is right! Their deeds became Japan's most celebrated example of bravery, cunning, and loyalty in an age when samurai were heroes, and honor was worth dying for.

John Allyn's masterful retelling of 47 Ronin has long been considered the definitive version of these dramatic historical events.

©2012 Original material, Charles E. Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc. Recorded by arrangement with Tuttle Publishing. (P)2013 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Narrator David Shih expertly brings to life this ancient Japanese tale, based on real-life events. Through Shih's interpretation, the listener can hear the determination and even the occasional misgivings of the characters as they plot their revenge. Shih's performance of the noble warriors is flawless, as is his depiction of the women who work in the pleasure houses, but long for more." (AudioFile)

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    WilliamMinyard Antioch, CA, United States 07-27-14
    WilliamMinyard Antioch, CA, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    Coming into this story with only the synopsis to work with I thought this would be something I could really enjoy. Honestly, I felt like I was always waiting for something to happen. Even when something did happen it seemed subdued at best. Just as the characters in the story were exercising patience I kept telling myself patience...patience...something will happen. For me it never really did.

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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-25-14
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Just Couldn't Get Into It..."

    I want to enjoy this book because of the historical account, but I just can't get into it. Because of the need to tie into actual historical events, it is too weighted with raw historical data and that imposes on the character development. Those inserts read like they are being read from Wikipedia. It just didn't work for me. Also, the narration was okay, but the recording wasn't. You often hear mouth noises and exhalations. Listen to the audio sample. I was able to follow on 1.5X speed. I hope this helps someone. If it helped you, click the YES button below. Later.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 07-08-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 07-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A solid rendition of a classic tale"

    This a great non-European/American classic, which makes it rare in it's own right. The background at the beginning, which outlines the known historical facts that make up the framework of the story, enhances the work that follows. The narrator was a bit flat, and perhaps could have changed cadence more emphatically as the story required, but on the whole his narration was adequate.

    While a great classic, on which many movies have been based, it is not a convoluted tale. It follows the line of Samurai master is ordered to commit suicide, and loyal followers eventually extract revenge. The more interesting aspect of the tale concerns the personalities and deceptions leading to the revenge attack. It also paints an interesting description of Japanese culture 300 years ago.

    So, give this audio book a listen, especially if you are not familiar with the story through movies. You should find it worth your time.

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    syed 07-03-14
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    "Sharp intake of breath after every line ! grr"
    Would you try another book from John Allyn and Stephen Turnbull (foreword) and/or David Shih?

    David shih whats with the breathing louder then you speak?!'


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Can't even hear the story through your breaths david


    What didn’t you like about David Shih’s performance?

    Breathing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If I could hear it.....


    Any additional comments?

    How did this pass quality control

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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