The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shōgun, battling to usher his country into the modern age; a beautiful young Frenchwoman forever torn between ambition and desire - their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, and torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans, and spies. Their fates collide in James Clavell's masterpiece set in 19th-century Japan - an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions.
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A plethora of characters and a meandering story, it's none the less compelling for its historical perspective (of a sorts).
The narrator does a fine job, though accents (especially the Japanese) border on the worst sort of stereotype. Japanese pronunciation is also not up to scratch.
buy if you liked Shogun and just want more
Yes! It tells more than a beautiful story. This book brings you in the mind of its characters and they live you and makes you better. Absolutely Epic
The duel between Toranaga Yoshi
He gives life to characters. When you listen this audiobook they are standing in front of you.
No! You do not want the pleasure to finish so soon
The best thing about this book are the characters. They are all so complex and perfectly described. By the end of the book they are friends and they live you.
It took a while to get used to the narration, but after a while it was good.
Story is great but I bought a 50 hours worth of reading it it stopped at the end of part one, how do i find the rest
didn't like narrator so much - book not as good in my opinion as shogun
This fascinating novel is brought to life by John Lee, who is a master of voices and accents. It sounded as though he had several people in the studio with him!
The story is captivating, every bit as good as Noble House, with a different cast of characters but references made to previous people who featured in that story.
It's very long - 50+ hours - but I was sad when it ended. Totally recommend this title!
"Pretty good but very long"
Like all of Clavell's books there are a lot of characters to keep track of and many plot strands but art the end not much is resolved. still decent entertainment but not as good as Shogun or Taipan. Reader was fine
"A Fantastic Book !"
Such a great adventure , so well read!
James Clavell was a great author it's a shame he did not write another between this one and Noble House !
"Great historical read"
Hard not to put your life on hold and just listen from start to finish
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